Morals of buying iffy gear

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So you are offered a certain product that is much cheaper than in the shops, the tax sort of wasnt paid at customs, would you buy any?
 

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DaveC426913
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I don't buy things that are offered to me. Ever.

And I would only go looking to buy such a thing if I didn't mind if it stopped working the moment I got out of eyesight.
 
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My dad some 20 years ago was offered a video camera for $100. Back then, of course, they were more expensive than that.

The catch? It was outside of some store by some shady guys. My dad comes home and asks people. It was him, my mom, and then his side of the family in one house back then. Mom says don't do it. His side of the family says go for it. It's a great deal. The box was sealed in plastic foil, so he figures it's all good. He held it, it wasn't empty. Okay, he went for it. He comes home, opens it up, and finds rocks. Plain old rocks. His side of the family laughs and walks away.

Moral of the story? My dad isn't very bright and his family isn't very good.

Oh, and don't buy gear from shady people.
 
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Has everyone already concluded that there are no considerations bigger than the prospective quality of the merchandise? We are talking about purchasing merchandise that is almost certainly illegal.

No, I wouldn't do it. Regardless of how likely the product is to be of good manufacture, and regardless of your likelyhood of getting caught, some things you don't do just because they are wrong.
 
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Oh, I thought this thread was about Morchella mushrooms.
 
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My first husband was a professional photographer and did photography for NASA through a contractor that I won't name.

He used Nikon professional cameras and found a company in Japan that would sell Nikon products at half the price and ship them to the US. The only thing was they would black out the Nikon name with a marker. They were original products. He bought all of his lenses and filters from them.

So, if you are smart and can find the right connections, you are a very lucky person. 99% of the time, it's a scam.
 
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I am torn between morality and knowing i can buy some good stuff cheap.
 
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I am torn between morality and knowing i can buy some good stuff cheap.
If you know you can buy good cheap stuff, go for it. EXCEPT if it was illegal.
 
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buy it used from someone you know, trust, and then test it first anyway
 
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what exactly are you thinking about buying?


I thought that 'iffy' may be a brand name that I didn't recognize or know--so I did a google-----THIS thread came up FIRST on google

search was "iffy gear" in parentheses

google is getting fast at harvesting
 
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what exactly are you thinking about buying?


I thought that 'iffy' may be a brand name that I didn't recogize or know--so I did a google-----THIS thread came up FIRST on google

google is getting fast at harvesting

Oh heck, well i am not really Wolram i am just using his works computer, Iffy is dodgy,
not on the straight and narrow, the things usuallly come with a tip, i better go now before W finds out.
 
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well, there's google earth, too


(we can see where you're going)
 
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I'd buy it and not care so long as its real, and it works. Who cares? Seriously.
 
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I am torn between morality and knowing i can buy some good stuff cheap.
What does one's character go for these days? 50 bucks? :rolleyes:
 
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What does one's character go for these days? 50 bucks? :rolleyes:
In my case it is more of finding ways to stick it to Gordon Brown, not that he would notice personally, lets face it the rich have accountants to fiddle the books for them, what do us poor guys have? look at bogus expense claims for Brit MPs, they get away with corruption of a far greater magnitude ,these days it is not about character, most Brit MPs would have resigned if they had any, it is about keeping ones earned money to ones self.
 
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What does one's character go for these days? 50 bucks? :rolleyes:
You really think you're taking some sort of moral high ground here by not buying it?
 
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A few hundred years ago it was the Brit monarchy that encouraged privateers to plunder the seven seas, now it is accountants and politicians that encourage piracy, so why should your basically honest joe be left out of the robbery?
 
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Because we can't get away with it.
 
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Because we can't get away with it.
The way to get rich is to find a way, difficult for the honest joes, but easy for the corrupt
ministers and corporations.
 
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You really think you're taking some sort of moral high ground here by not buying it?
I can only control my own actions. And only hope to set an example for my children.

I pay for the second cable that comes into my house because my character goes for a higher price than 5 bucks a month. I don't burn CDs for the same reason.

It's just a personal choice.
 
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I've had friends who brought from shady people.

Does anyone like "Hogo Boss" aftershave?
 
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If you know you can buy good cheap stuff, go for it. EXCEPT if it was illegal.
So except if you might get caught... go for it.

I bought a cheap couch recently, good condition, quite legal.

It says 'made in china' on it though.

So you just know that the people who made it aren't getting a fair wage.... not to mention the lack of freedom in that country.... but it was cheap.
 

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