….sell items to the foundation as well as the super-rich? After all, I don't think Marshell Carter and Dark care about how their stuff is used and the federation has the money needed.
I personally don't think so, for the same reason that fancy restaurants don't let badly dressed people eat there, even if they have the money. More than sheer, unadulterated capitalism, MC&D are about perpetuating a certain standard; namely, the ability of the legitimately obscenely wealthy to enjoy depraved entertainment for a suitable price. I imagine that letting the Foundation buy items from them would severely hurt their reputation among the people-with-professional-ball-washers crowd. And you don't recover from a hit to your reputation.
More than that. MC&D can do reliable business with the super-rich , because they beat them at their own game - the individuals in there and doing business with them have little means and little reason to scam the Society or act against its interests. (actually, such an attempt could make for a very neat Tale).
The Foundation, on the other hand, is the opposite of a reliable trade partner, because they consider MC&D a security risk to be stopped.
Remember the Jackal? What Bruce Willis as the titular assassin killing the arms dealer with his own gun instead of paying? That's how a trade relationship between MC&D and the Foundation would likely end ,and they are far too smart to risk it.
They might if they think it's something they can get more out of the Foundation then from any one buyer. An example, if they had an SCP that made more SCPs (like SCP-914), the Foundation would do it's best to outbid ANY other buyer.
Also, they might want a quid pro quo for something. Some MTF members might make deals with the devil for various reasons.
They might also have something no one wants - They could either keep SCP-682, release him, or "come to an arrangement" with the Foundation.
Dunno - my head canon thinks that there are always people that can justify anything in the end.
I'm not saying it's impossible for a deal here or there to get made. But generally, given the Foundation's near-limitless access to funds, if MC&D made it purely about who wins each auction, the Foundation wins every time, and MC&D's clientele go somewhere else.
Granted the Foundation has a lot of resources, but wouldn't buying out MC&D count as something far too resource intensive in the same vein as supplying unlimited deaf/blind guards?
Besides, I've always gotten the impression that dealing with MC&D went beyond mere money and into exchanging information, favors, and power.
I think it's very possible. I mean, think about it. I can totally see either like, undercover Foundation personnel at an MCD auction, or even being invited (with certain conditions) to an auction. The Foundation has hellishly deep pockets. People who are affiliated with MCD have hellishly deep pockets.
I'm actually going to write a Tale about this, right now.
while they might be leery about selling directly to the foundation in principle i could see it happening, albeit not usually for reasons eskobar pointed out, they do have a reputation to uphold.
but i think they would take GREAT pleasure in perverting foundation operatives by selling items to them without overall foundation knowledge.
You know, for a simple topic this seems to have led to really interesting responses. Two great tale ideas one of which seems like it may actually get made. Also the idea of MC&D getting their hands on something unprofitably deadly and their giving it to the federation is just wrong/funny on so many levels.
Also, how about other groups of interest with the funds for MC&D products? A bunch of Broken God cultists saving up to buy a vial of Clockwork Virus? The Serpent's Hand trying to break in to free the poor kidnapped people with odd powers? The possibilities for Tales are endless!
The SCP Federation, Rhett. Get with the program, bro.
"WELL FOUNDATION. YOU MADE IT SO EASY. SO VERY VERY EASY." - dimensionpotato
MC&D has always interested me. They're not inherently deadly. They just seem like any other company; they want to make a profit, they have weird shit, they sell it, not giving a damn for what happens so long as they keep getting cash.
I think the Foundation would have to figure out which items, if any, were worth the risk of going undercover and buying it for the Foundation. More than a few times, and people would be suspicious. And what if mundane items were very harmful? What if the seemingly looking dangerous items were nothing more than minor anomalous items (or just regular items period?)
This is something I've been wanting to write a tale about for a while, and I may try and figure something out (could try with an existing MC&D SCP item).
How about SCP-753 the Automatic Artist? After all, how likely is it that a Foundation mole within MC&D, was able to retrieve SCP-753 before incineration, get out of MC&D alive, and bring it back to the federation…. ….as opposed to simply buying it cheap, after all it was "broken" and they where just going to burn it anyway…. ….MC&D would probably be glad to get a load of cash from a foundation agent for what from their point of view is just junk. Of course the Agent can hardly tell the truth which explains their tale of heroism that graces the page of SCP-753.
Also, I really like SCP-753 and think it needs more tales about it even if they just cast it as the MacGuffin object.
I figured MC&D would just as likely make trades with the Foundation as long as it was worth their while.
Why not give the Foundation that dinky item no one wants to buy if they get some cash and maybe a little bit of info? who would have to know?
I think MC&D have a very symbiotic relationship with The Foundation. Yes, it's annoying to have stuff snatched away, and placed under lock and key…but it's MUCH easier to just bribe some guards and steal something from a site then it is to try and figure out how to snatch it in the wild. Plus, it comes with nice little datasheets on how to handle it. They're a bit of a parasite, but a careful one…always trying to stay just low enough on The Foundation's annoyance list to be passed over.