The need for auditing is never clearer than when there is a mistake and you are the one on the short end of the stick and you are worried about things being a scam. Part two of today's adventure left me with a lot of communications and some missing items en-route.
My little contract fiasco wound up with me invited to their freighter channel. These guys appear to be legitimate freighters. He said that he has been out of the game for eight months. He had grabbed my ships and sent one of his corpmates down from Jita to Teon with them. It meant another few hours so I went out again. When I came back I had a convo that the new contract was up and everything should be settled.
I did another audit and I discovered that I was short three Comets. I didn't notice them the first time around. While a Comet is about 17 million ISK I wasn't going to let three of them just slip away into the void. I felt a bit bad. I should have noticed those Comets the first time around. However, I did notice them the second and the entire incident was not exactly my fault.
To look at the contract system again. Courier contracts do not list their contents on the contract. This is frustrating. Now, in an ideal world no one should make mistakes. However, it happens. I've broken courier contracts from corpmates before because the value was to high for me to move the shipment in one go across high sec. Or, the shipment was to large for a jump freighter. I could always throw the contract back in the face of the writer and tell them to get it right. That's not me. I have this thing where I'm happy to work with people when mistakes are made.
Still, I was getting my Comets before I accepted the contract. I wasn't in the mood to wait for the Comets to ship from Jita. The day goes on and TCS needs more items. They could go in the next shipment. The deal was simple. Contract me the Comets and I will then accept the contract with the collateral and everything else. He agreed and a few button clicks later I was set.
I did have one party offer to cover my cost if I would bite into a scam. Because it turned out not to be a scam I gave them their ISK back. I appreciated the gesture. In a way they were paying for me to write through the adventure.
But, I'd have written about it anyway. Eve is full of little adventures for me. It is not just the huge things such as the CSM that draws me. It is the little things. I've been watching my mining systems local chat. They sell Orca boosts to each other. They've also been updating each other on the Crius changes. That was interesting. Some people had no idea industry was going to change. I watch their war decs and the gankers at work as well. I find them interesting, these daily bits of Eve Online.
And so concludes my story for today.