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12-16-2008 @ 12:11PM
@hold up When I pay a crafter his "tip", what is it that I'm paying *for* exactly? The service of pressing a button, I hear everyone say. The reason I pay at all (rather than, say, press the button myself) is because the crafter went to some length to gain the ability to craft that item, therefore that service is a somewhat rare commodity, therefore it costs money to get someone to perform it. If the service is performed, the fee is warranted. In this case, the customer looked up the exact item he wanted. He gathered the materials and consigned a crafter to put them together, paying him a fee to do so. The crafter did exactly what he was paid to do, i.e. take time off whatever else he was doing, port to Org and press a button for the guy. Since the item turned out to be soulbound and the customer could not retrieve it, the only thing he was entitled to was the vendor price / shard off the item. From the story it sounds like he really didn't care to be petty and simply moved on. Now sure, you can blame the crafter for not being charitable enough to give some of the money back as a some sort of consolation. You can certainly label him a bad sport and call him out for Schadenfreude. But in no way, shape or form is the crafter guilty of any professional misconduct.And thus your whole analogy is flawed. This is more like you paying me to paint your house hot pink. You pick out and buy the paint, I provide time and skill (for which I am paid), the deed is done. If you then come back and say "oh crap, hot pink is hideous", what do you expect me to do? Refund the paint? I didn't pay for it, you provided the materials. Refund the labor costs? No, the time and effort has already been spent. At the end of the day, you have an ugly pink house, I have a paycheck and a funny story to tell my buddies over beers, and it's nobody's fault but your own. So yes, this is a life lesson. It just seems that the customer in the story learned it a long time ago, took it in stride, and moved on, while the people here still cling to childish ideas of what constitutes "fair".
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