Just a quick one. My alt made a deal with Constantine. to buy two Cadmium moons in Indregulle (P8, moons 9 & 10) from them, with some money up front and a monthly fee. I figured that giving them something to earn - some skin in the game - would make them more inclined to honor the agreement, instead of taking my money and running.
Constantine. is a merc and low-sec pirate corp, and those two activities depend on being considered honorable. No one's going to contract a merc corp to, say, destroy a competitor's moon if that merc group is going to turn around and take it for themselves. No one's going to pay a ransom to a group who can't be relied upon to honor it. So, while it was a risk, I figured it was a limited risk, both for the reputation aspect and the monthly fee I was offering.
Well, they decided to scam me instead of honor the agreement. It happens, and I walked into it knowing the risk. Isk can be earned back. I salute them on a good con.
It seems a bit short-sighted to me. They made a little isk, but most intelligent pirate and merc groups know reputation is everything in their business. That's the reason Sky Fighters has a strict "honor agreements" policy. It's simply good business to stick to them.
But be advised: the corporation Constantine. [eeeee] cannot be trusted. The specific character who dishonored the agreement is Bodiil, who has an alt named LobiB. They are currently part of the Ninja Unicorns With Huge Horns alliance.
I wouldn't recommend contracting them as mercs, nor would I expect them to honor any ransom agreement.
No tears, but no tolerance, either.