Caveat Emptor

 Posted by at 7:29 am  DDO, Game Play  Add comments
Mar 042015

They look the same. But they are not the same.
One of these things is not like the others

I am trying to decide which of these two statements is the most off-putting:

  • Someone is trying to fool people into spending Astral Shards on the wrong kind of motes
  • I accidentally bought 200 of the wrong kind of motes

Yes, I am that guy who stupidly bought the wrong thing with the right money. I can only imagine the dude (because it has to be a dude, right?) cackling in glee as he detaches his newly won Astral Shards from the auction house while mocking whatever idiot was stupid enough to buy them.

Hello world, stupid idiot here.

I’m not mad. I mean, I regret that the world creates the kind of people who run real estate scams, or pyramid schemes, or sell nutrition supplements. But ultimately, these people exist because we empower them. We buy their crappy swampland. We pay into their get-rich-quick investment plans. And we buy enough supplements to support a $60 billion industry.

So we have no one to blame but ourselves. Somewhere, right now, someone must be buying a money order to send to some stranger in Nigeria who promises that he will wire more money back in return. Someone must be; otherwise they’d stop sending us all those emails.

Selling snake oil seems like a particularly American thing to do, but it isn’t. Humans have been scamming each other forever, as long as there has been language, and probably even earlier.

So I’m not mad. It’s almost kind of funny. Ha ha! Except when I do that out loud my wife looks at me funny.

So I click too fast. So I don’t play close attention. This is how I become the not-so-proud owner of 200 more Motes of Night. Even though I have probably 10 or 20,000 of them already, and not a single one can be spent on anything. Maybe ever.

I am such an idiot. But you don’t have to be. Actually read the name of the motes you are buying. You want Lost Motes. Not Motes of Night. Even if they look the same.

As for me, not to worry, I may be forever an idiot but I have other charms. For instance, two of my fingers are double-jointed!

Caveat Emptor.

🙂 😀 🙂

  11 Responses to “Caveat Emptor”

Comments (11)
  1. Reminds me of those jokers that sell 1 lot of thieves’ tools, for the price of 50 … and yes, I’ve in a rush bought them, to find in a quest I can’t disable the 2nd trap!

    Probably wasn’t the first time I’ve tricked myself, and won’t be the last. I do wish people wouldn’t prey on my foolishness, though 😛

    Humans are funny.

  2. That reminds me of people trying to sell a bloodstone (gem) for the price of The Bloodstone (trinket).

  3. Don’t feel bad Geoff. A lot of people got taken. My son bought 1,000 of the old motes off the AH for 2Mil plat and was excited about. He even sold some to a random player in chat, for a profit, before he realized they were garbage. Now he’s trying to figure out who he sold to, so he can pay the guy back.

  4. DDO should allow the Motes of Night to be traded in for Lost Motes unless the Motes of Night will be used in the new Mabar event later this year (a possibility).

    • Yeah, even if it’s at some crazy exchange rate like 1000:1 🙂

    • Agreed!

      Also, who made the decision to use the same Mote lingo with the same icon for two separate events, and not allow for them to be interchangeable? I mean, I get wanting to consolidate resources and not having to create the artwork for yet another ingredient/collectable (the amount we currently have is staggering as is), but this was just irresponsible.

  5. If I remember correctly, Severlin did mention that the “new Mabar” event would use the same ingredients that the old one did. So I wouldn’t dump your old motes quite yet!

  6. I would like to think that with some of these, it’s an honest misunderstanding…however, I can’t bring myself to buy it. It really is shameful that this con exists. The good news is that it looks like we’ll be able to use Motes of Night later this year 😉

    And if you’re interested Geoff, I still have 500 Motes of Night if you want to add to your newly acquired riches 😛

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