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Offline baumgrenze

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A New Market – Anti-piracy/Anti-fencing Screening
« on: March 13, 2014, 03:34:39 PM »
Yesterday I tried to shop online for software. On a 'whim' I searched the vendor's name and BBB. I soon discovered how hard it is to find a vendor with a 'clean' reputation. Price was certainly not a useful screen. The best I found was that vendor would accept back an unusable/unregisterable product for resale to the next gullible mark.

I had hoped that the shopping interfaces of the web would attempt internal policing. My experience suggests that there might be a market for a BBB warning application, one that would interrupt  an attempt to examine an unethical seller's wares with a "buyer beware" this seller has a tarnished reputation.

The legal implications are clear, but the same might be said of sites now warned against by antivirus software.

The web shouldn't end up as a vast flea market populated by fences selling stolen goods.


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Re: A New Market – Anti-piracy/Anti-fencing Screening
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 05:54:05 PM »

Clean also depends partially on interpretation.
1000 complaints certainly look like a problem unless you also consider the source and the resolution applied to those complaints.
No company that's been in business for any length of time will ever have a spotless record.
Just as no politician will ever satisfy everyone who voted for him/her.
Sometimes the consumer needs to be a detective.
Part of being a consumer also means you need to understand the meaning of "caveat emptor" :)
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