The idea: From Character bazaar, when a price is agreed the seller can put him/herself up on a in-game contract to buyer.
This is to avoid scams where a char is stripped of assets or SP.
- The seller cannot have active orders or other contracts
- The seller must be docked in pod in npc station
- Instead of transfer fee, seller must have X plex to cover transfer cost, will be consumed on completion.
- Seller state a price and to what other char the isk should be sent to when creating the contract
- Contracts are time limited and can be cancelled, just as regular contracts.
Once a sell char contract is made, that char cannot undock or access anything, basically read-only until either contract is completed or cancelled.
The buyer will get a contract notification as usual, to review assets, skills and implants etc. (as tabs?)
Further idea: Same but as a public contract in-game
stripping of assets?
you forget no. 8 of rule B. Before making your thread
“Items cannot be listed among the character’s valuable assets, only skills, implants, SKINs, and reputation. You are buying/selling the character ONLY and nothing else. Ships and items can be readily bought or sold on the market for ISK.”
So this would only protect the characters SP.
If you use the forum, which is monitored by CCP, you won’t be scammed or will have a recourse if you do.
This would increase scams IMHO.
GM activity is GM activity, doesn’t really matter whether it’s sourced in the forums or in-game. A contract having relevant information would be no different than the forums.
That said, I’d much rather see a unified portal out-of-game. Buy and sell characters, transfer and all that jazz automated by CCP. Information supplied by CCP. You literally just log in as a seller with the SSO, pick the pilot you want to sell, the price you want, and CCP does the rest.
As a buyer you just log in and look at the listings, with all pertinent information readily available and searchable.
If there was a way to temporarily keep the char from being logged in while it’s for sale, or removed from account to a separate server while a deal is being made. Similar to how the collateral works. One outside source holds the char until Isk is transferred and fee paid, then its placed on new acct.
I see no reason RMTers should get yet another areas in which they can expand their market. So long as an CCP employee or CC is required to do a character transfer, we will have some security against RMTers and scammers.
I would like to take this opportunity to forward this:
Real Money Trading (RMT) is a violation of EULA and ToS agreements.
Scams involving Character Transfers, such Extraction of Skill Points prior to initiating the transfer, wrongly advertising more Skill Points than the Character actually have and using unauthenticated eveskillboard links (often showing errors) is also a violation.
more detail on the Character Transfer rules can be found here and/or here.
You can quite easily make it so you’d have to pay with CC in an in-game automated contract version like the OP is proposing.
And for the record: There are already plenty of scams happening in the character bazaar as is, where hacked accounts fill the pockets of RMT’ers.
Even if the victims of said scams have their ISK returned, the hackers/RMT’ers still get away with the haul.
But they get a banned account.
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