Okay, let me chime in here. First off, Brandon has recently joined my Society (SaW) since an earlier dispute on the Forums in which he redeemed himself. So as he is involved in my Society I will feel a need to over look things he is doing, both in Game and Forum. I have played the game for a few Years, since Early 2013, but I had about a year lay off as well. I was on Calypso back then. I can first hand tell everyone here just how difficult it is to run a 'group venture', because that was our intent the first time. I earned trust and respect among a few players, we were moving forward a PEC here and a PEC there (nickel and diming, as they would say). We had even earned enough funds for a Society Ship so that we could venture into Galatic Weapons Trading (sounds WAY more cool than it is). I was authorized to Buy and Sell on behalf of the Society, as were others. We were usually in agreement on these things and we were steadily building. I was actually having Contracts drawn, because one of my members had decided to invest a large some of IRL money on a tax return, and IRL I wanted all parties to be protected. He, being the major investor, would have 'owned' most of the Society, but he believed in my vision and had agreed to not 'write me out' of the Society I had started and the vision I had grown to that point. The idea involved acquiring CLDs, and with Group Sharing (although all agreements would be 'out of game' and contractual, as MA doesn't allow for such 'Shared Propery' in Game and will side with the actual Holder of the Item/Property unless Scamming can be proved) until the Society could emerge as a Land Owner of a Taxed Area... yes, a very lofty goal indeed. We kept records on every Transaction and posted them to our Society Webpage, along with EntropiaPartner results. Now the most DIFFICULT part of this Society was that the core was so focused on multiplying to the next level that while we did Train Eco Hunting (thank you Calypso Bone Samples in Gateway for making that almost 100% Profitable to hunt back then) we really didn't do much in the way of Team Hunts or Mining. In all honesty, if you were not part of the Core Group... who held the lofty goals and ideas of the Society as great fun... we were pretty dull. I found what I felt was a great deal in a Shop on some Items that were decently under MU% (I believe they were Amps), and used about 300 PED of 'Society Money' to make the Purchase... and was fortunate to find a Trader who bought them all. However there were some in the Society who were upset that I didn't wait and discuss the purchase, and this was the first time this issue had occurred. No one had ever questioned when I had Purchased (which we agreed myself and others could do) previously. This lead to some division in our Society. I have never found out if this was 'cold feet' by some as we approached the Contract being finalized and ready for Real World People to agree upon and sign, or if this was some 'play' to pull the Member who was depositing a large sum away from the Society to work with another Society Member (who did leave and start his own 'Trade Society', to which that member did follow) or if it just became increasingly difficult to 'scale up' the Level of Trust as more PED was involved. Either way, relationships ended and we did not move forward. So I completely agree with those saying such an idea is very difficult. Trust is the MOST important part of such a deal. Misunderstandings are so easy... saying you will pay out at Noon on Monday, but then a real life emergency happens and you fail to show... now you look like you lied and are stealing, even if it was an honest mistake. Even if you log on later and DO pay out... was it really an emergency, or did he not have what he promised to have at the time and 'bought' more time with his excuse, meaning he couldn't keep his Schedule honestly. Also it is always good to be skeptical when it comes to such things, not to rush into situations fool-hardy. My previous reputation and the manner in which I carry myself has lead to a great opportunity for my Society, in which I have a Client that allows me to sell their Inventory on Commission. This is great because it greatly limits Risk for my Society, as we do not 'lock PED' into inventory while it isn't moving. To compensate for the Risk of the Client (who I shall not name, but they may absolutely come forward on their own if they decide) they get the Lion's Share of the Profit and we (the Society) work on 25% (with this Client) of the Profit. A very small amount to be sure, but more than enough as we have mitigated the personal Risk involved. We started slow with not much Inventory Value, and to date the Client has been satisfied with the results. Trust continues to grow, and the Client challenges me with a wider variety of Inventory to sell on their behalf with each Lot we complete. I believe Brandon has seen the success of this Deal between SaW and our Client, and I feel he may well want to expand his own operations (perhaps I am one of his 'Buyers' he references, among with some I introduced him to... and I'm sure he's found some of his own). I have helped to show him some Economics and how some things work. He always ask why I don't buy MORE Sweat, and I try to explain you should never Buy more than you know you can Sell. Some one Up Thread mentioned he feels this won't work on a Larger Scale... and sadly (because I love economic ideas and ambition)... I have to agree. There is only so much of anything that can be sold, and once you reach that point you will be stuck with an insane amount of Inventory that you can't move. As I was always told growing up in Sales... you don't make your money when you Sell, you make your Money when you Buy. Part of that is Buying at the right price... but part of that is knowing when NOT to Buy, due to Inventory or Market Changes. While I encourage Brandon to keep thinking and looking for new ways to improve the game for himself, and I would hope for his future Clients, I again caution that Trust and Reputation are not earned quickly. I am fortunate to be trusted and given the opportunity that I have been given with our Client, and I would like to think that my time in Game and my Fair Deals (even to the point of showing Sellers 'better buyers' than myself, so they have the option to get PED now or wait for a greater return) has earned me the Deal I do have. The great thing about the deal was that it was born In Game. I didn't have to come to the Forums and put the Commissions Idea up... it was actually pitched TO me by some one I had made numerous Trades with In Game. It was an idea I had always had, but a difficult one to propose, so I was obviously happy when it was proposed to me. To date (we've worked this agreement for about a Week now) both Sides are very happy with the results. But I understand one small misunderstanding could ruin everything... there IS Risk involved. So I caution Brandon to work a little slower, to let things simmer, and to build for the Long Term. Reputations are slow to grow and quick to destroy... and the key to being successful in this game if you desire to be a Merchant. Sorry for being so wordy, I felt some background and current situation info was needed to balance this Thread.