In the process of trying to find a backwater C1 Wormhole for my alts to farm PI from I was unfortunate enough to bump into a chap called Doc Hofman today. He's asking a very reasonable 800m ISK for a C1 system with the right planet layout I need and the POCOs contained within. Seems like a good fit so I sent him a mail indicating my interest and he convo'd me a few hours later so we might finalize the sale. Or so I had hoped.
The good Doctor was insisting on using a third party to broker the ISK exchange. That's not particularly unusual, but I have an aversion to paying ISK to someone who's essentially done nothing to earn it. I've got more ISK than I know what to do with so I offered Doc 400m ISK as a down payment so I could get a scout in system and then a further 50m ISK as each of the eight POCOs was transferred. He gets his 800m ISK, the broker gets nothing and the worst case scenario for him is he's 400m ISK richer.
Seems simple enough, right? Well, apparently not. Doc continues to insist on using the broker. I ask why and he tells me it's not worth the risk. Seriously Doc, did you bump your head? What risks are you taking you monosynaptic mouth breather? Do you really think I'd pay you 400m ISK to seed an invasion fleet? That's some backward economics right there, especially for a C1 system. Not to mention the fact that I'd have to grind through eight POCOs and their subsequent timers. So instead of moving in, I was stone walled by a mindless fuck sock who hasn't the slightest fucking clue when he's onto a good thing.
After my rage settled, I tried a compromise. I told him if he insisted on using a broker the only one I would use would be Chribba as the one he proposed I had never heard of. Well guess what... no deal. Apparently this guy has no clue who Chribba is either. *sigh*
I really have to stop thinking intelligent people inhabit this universe. All evidence is to the contrary.