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I cannot believe that this game, a highly enjoyable FFA (free for all) sandbox, has /legitimised/ scamming as a part of their game mechanics.
I was stung by a "margin trading scam". Okay, sure enough, the apple may have been too big to bite from. The trade in question involved a player who had (X) amount of product for sale, under multiple sale orders, and yet also had a purchase sale order for (Y) amount of the same product.
I had originally thought that either the player with the buy order had inserted one too many zeros, or in fact had a niche market (such as refining the product for minerals) and could afford the price offered in their buy order.
It took an explenation from a CCP GM before I realised I had been scammed. Okay, fair enough, I didn't realise the game mechanics worked this way, and was willing to accept the loss, even though I had spent real world money on my attempt to fulfil the buy order.
What happens is, if the player in question has a buy order on the market, set up with the margin trading skill, and they subsequently do not have enough Isk to fulfil the order, the order then disappears, since they cannot cover the cost.
Come day two, today. I noticed another "margin trading scam" in the market, and had decided I would nullify the order, obviously set up by the same player, since I already had enough of the said product to fulfil their order. *BAM*. . .when the order failed, I was charge 23m Isk for the suddenly redundent buy order, since the game mechanics are set so that the purchaser in question now has a "buy" order of their own, set up at the same cost as the previous player's buy order.
Erm. Okay, so, scam me not, CCP. I have cancelled my subscriptions, and won't be back. I was fine with being scammed due to "n00bishness", but I am not prepared to be scammed directly by the gaming company I AM PAYING to play their game.
So. That's it. For all the month or years of potential income CCP may have earned from my legitimate subscription, you have forfeited every cent due to your "amoral" approach and your "that's how the game works" mentality.