|Eric Clingenpeel RPG Venture-Captain, Michigan—Alma|
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I don't really think a refund is fair. Buying scrolls and copying from them is a valid way to gain spells. It is how wizards had to do it for years before someone convinced Mike to allow copying from an NPC's book. So it isn't like he cheated somehow. Yes he could have done it cheaper, but he didn't know of the option so he didn't take it.
If a bard bought a bunch of CLW potions for healing for a couple of levels before someone told him that wands are cheaper and CLW is on his spell list, would you let him get a refund on those? It might seem silly, but I see it as the same thing. The player didn't know he had the option so he didn't go with it. Now he knows and going forward he can take the cheaper option. He could have just as easily held onto the scrolls until the end of a scenario to see if he needed them during the scenario before he scribed them into his book.
Another example based on a session this week: A barbarian player didn't know he could just have his weapon upgraded. He was selling his previous weapon for 1/2 and buying a new upgraded weapon. The only difference between the two was the new one was keen. I caught it before we started the session and allowed him to get his money back then. If I hadn't caught it for a couple of sessions, should I still have allowed him a refund? I would say no. It was a legal transaction, just an uninformed and impractical one. It wouldn't be fair to other players to let him fix his uninformed purchase.