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Somer Blink: Legit or Scam?

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#341 - 2012-11-14 17:15:12 UTC  |  Edited by: Telegram Sam
Confirming that Somer Blink are more than decent guys. I asked them for an isk donation, trying to raise a total of about 3 bil for an EVE fiction contest. Once they had determined that I wasn't just a crude scammer, they upped the ante and voluntarily gave me 10 bil. I'd say that's about as opposite of being a scam as you can get. o7 Somer!

Edit: I'm tempted to throw in plugs for everybody who donated big prizes for the writers, but... I'll save that for a more appropriate thread someday. You can see them here if you're interested.
Gallente Federation
#342 - 2012-11-15 01:06:11 UTC
I have no opinion one way or another, I just feel the need to point one thing out. Everyone is saying "with the amount of ISK SB makes it would be crazy to jeopardize it all by scamming."
Unless of course it was a scam from the start. In that case, all the ISK he makes is because of the scam.
What happened to all the other legitimate, profitable gambling schemes on Eve?

My apologies if this was already brought up, I skipped from page 8 to 18 :P
Minmatar Republic
#343 - 2012-11-15 01:43:34 UTC
Here's some fun facts:

Somer Blink never says that it doesn't make a profit. It says it provides lottery services, and the picture of statistics the anti- Blink website posted claiming that it was taken down is still available, albeit updated to recent numbers, here.

Somer Blink's website is professionally built and maintained. The Anti- Blink's website is run on Blogspot.com, a free site for hosting blogs with no content limitations, aside from those asked for all Google Inc. services. The blogger can post anything they want.

Not once on the blogging website is an actual scam mentioned. Somer Blink does everything it says it does, nothing more, nothing less. It's all sensationalized repetition of the same core fact, that Somer Blink is a business that, at the end of a day, will make a profit, and that they make the most profit compared to the players- this is not a bad thing, or a good thing. It is absolute.

It's the choice of EVE players to do as they want with their money. The Anti- Blink website maintains that taking currency out of the game is a bad thing, but the fact is, Blink isn't forcing anyone to use their services. EVE isn't quite like the real world: asteroids literally come out of empty space, as do NPC's to farm. Some money goes out of the game when a ship is destroyed, or something is trashed (trashing things really doesn't occur on a scale large enough to have a great effect), or through NPC run "taxes". This is another way ISK goes out of the game- and I don't mean to cause a huge economics debate, I really don't. I'm just pointing out that there needs to be a balance in the way ISK flows through the game, and the fact that it literally spawns in space means that a service like this that removes ISK from the game isn't really that big a deal. The players are making the same ISK that's being spent, so every time you mine an asteroid, every time you kill an NPC, every time you finish a mission, you're adding ISK from nothing into the game.
Hell, on a big enough scale, everything's relative. The 5000 ISK gift every player receives amounts to about 3 billion ISK with all these accounts.
Caldari State
#344 - 2012-11-15 02:56:30 UTC
Dammit. I saw this thread thinking "What's this?" decided to check it out.. Lost my complete 55mil
Gallente Federation
#345 - 2012-11-15 11:58:52 UTC
Vostrez wrote:
Dammit. I saw this thread thinking "What's this?" decided to check it out.. Lost my complete 55mil

This is where I would normally say "don't spend/fly what you cannot afford to lose."
Lin-Young Borovskova
#346 - 2012-11-15 12:01:34 UTC
Thread #684691513.153.65163 V10.5 about Somer Blink

Highlights:

-Somer Blink
-Scam
-Words

You're welcome.

brb

Zhao-luojao Shou
#347 - 2012-11-15 12:10:32 UTC
I have Blinked for a long time. the other night i won 5 plex's with just 2 tickets each, a ton of small stuff and sniped (but the last ticket) a moros. its just a matter of buying the right ticket at the right time. i have gotten all my prizes within 2 hours. the only part of blink that is a scam is the contracts that ppl not asociated with SomerBlink will send you.
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