Would you buy anything that was cheap but you knew it was stolen?

United States
May 9, 2008 8:12pm CST
Let's say you found a good deal on something but you suspect or openly know it was stolen or obtained in some other illegal way. Would you be glad to get that unexpected discount or your moral principles would eat you away and you'd turn it down?
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@rockvixen (895)
• United States
10 May 08
If you know it's stolen and you buy it anyway, it's like you stealing. Why is it like that? Because the item was stolen to start with, then sold ILLEGALLY to you. You are still stealing, even if you buy it. If you know it's wrong, you won't buy it. But if you do, you will feel bad, because then you will be using someone elses property or item. I say, think before you buy.
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• United States
10 May 08
Fair enough. Do you think it matters if it was stolen from a store or a person? I'd be uncomfortable knowing it was stolen from a real human being but big corporations make enough money and I don't feel sorry for them.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
10 May 08
No I wouldn't. Besides the fact that I'd be aiding a thief, I'd try and put my self in the shoes of the person who lost the article-even if I didn't know who that person was. Morally, I wouldn't. Also the laws in my country are quite strict about receivers of stolen goods.
• United States
11 May 08
Thanks! What country are you from?
@tarachand (3895)
• India
12 May 08
India
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• United States
12 May 08
I see... Thanks for responding!:)
@AJ1952Chats (2339)
• Anderson, Indiana
12 May 08
If I knew who the proper owner was, I would buy it and give it to the owner who could reward me by reimbursing me, since I'm not wealthy. Then, I would direct the owner--along with the police--to the person who sold it. But I wouldn't buy a hot item for myself--only as a safe way to get it back to the one who really owned it.
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• United States
12 May 08
Good thinking,thanks! But what if the owner doesn't want to reimburse you?..
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• Anderson, Indiana
14 May 08
Good point! If I were rolling in money, it wouldn't matter. It would be a random act of kindness. But the important thing would be to get person to where item is. If it were so cheap that I wouldn't matter, I would probably still go ahead and buy it outright. If not, I might ask the person to hold it for me while I went home to get some money. Then, I'd get the person and a plain-clothes police officer. Actually, the best thing to do would buy it and say something on the order of "I know somebody who would be interested in some of your other stuff. I'll be back after I get him/her, so please wait for me." Then, I'd get the person and the plain-clothes police officer. The police officer would not only have the authority to get my money back but, also, to arrest the person.
• United States
10 May 08
If I knew or suspected the item was stolen or gotten in some illegal way, I would not purchase it. By purchasing it knowing it was stolen, I am no better than the theif that took it in the first place.
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• United States
10 May 08
Good thinking! I might sway in this situation,though...
• United States
10 May 08
Buying stolen goods can get you in big trouble depending on what it is. Any time the police find stolen goods, it must be returned to the owner. So, you would lose the money you've spent on it if it were found out. And, sometimes, you can be arrested even though you weren't the one who stole it. But, no, I would not want to buy goods that I know were stolen. That seems to encourage people to steal more. But, I don't usually suspect things of being stolen though, either I know it or I don't. If I think someone steals things, I won't have anything to do with them.
• United States
10 May 08
Yeah,that can be dangerous even though police might cut you some slack if they know you had no idea what was going on. But you're right,then you'd just lose your money
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