I ran into an interesting problem. This happened outside of BA, but that isnt really relevant. So please dont come back with "you shouldn't have been trading outside of BA". This is more about beer trading philosophy, not about getting screwed over or anything like that. A guy reaches out to me and it turns out he lives in an area that has a lot of my beer ISOs. He is trying to get it done. He says he has everything (except for one bottle that I knew he had to trade for). I just assumed that if he had to trade for something he would message me (especially if its not retail $4$) and say "hey, I can get this for you, but its going to cost you x". He gets back to me today and says he is ready with everything I am interested in. I do a tally and we are way off on $ amount. It turns out that he went and traded for a bunch of stuff way above retail. I said "sorry for the misunderstanding, but I never asked you to go out and trade way above trade value to get any of these bottles". He responds with "Not how the beer game works man". It seems to me that you should ask someone before you trade high to get them something. I don't agree that its "how the beer game works". Not laying the ground rules was a mistake on my end. But I have always just assumed that people would let you know if they need to trade high to get something. Isn't that just common sense and common courtesy? Its a fact of life and why should it be exempted in beer trading? He acted like he did a favor for me by running around and getting stuff. I appreciate it, but never explicitly approved it. Thoughts?