questionsever purchased something from a questionable…

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well.....to be honest i have bought stuff that fell off of trucks, and out of them, and got destroyed in them. for some reason north carolina has a lot of truck salvage stores that sell the stuff that was in the truck when the truck had "problems" and the insurance damaged out and ordered the stuff to go away. i have gotten excellent deals on curtains, splenda, yard tools, clothes, office supplies, etc.

pretty much if it gets shipped by truck you can find it in a salvage store in north carolina.

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When I was a kid I bought a stereo that later turned out one guy said was stolen and wanted back. I told him I did not believe him and he should call the cops. (The guy I bought it from probably stole it.)
Would I give it back now, who is to say, how do I know he really was the owner. Would I ever buy a used stereo again, no!
I bought an insanely low priced hard drive, it was for non USA sales only (no one mentioned this when I bought it) so the warranty was void.

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My Xbox 360.
Got an Elite for $300 cash not long after they released. Sticker was $450 then.
When I met the lady for the deal i was going to ask why she was selling it so cheap, and when she opened the back door to get it, she had 3 other there too. I did not ask my question.
Got my Xbox and went home and enjoyed. Still using it today. Best $300 EVER!!

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When I was a kid my after harvest jobs always seemed to be in a truck stop. Sometimes they just need fuel, sometimes they got canned, whatever. You got a good deal, I helped them get what they needed and made a little sumpin'-sumpin'. Win-Win.

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When I was in Russia the black market was a big open flea market. They had nice professional shops selling really high quality knockoffs of clothes, tools, software, movies, and anything else you can think of.

We bought a couple of popular american movies dubbed in russian as souveniers.

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I've bought a few SD cards from questionable sources in Japan. One didn't work as soon as I got it, one stopped working after a few months of light usage, and the last one is working perfectly- for now. Apparently somebody filed a lawsuit or something similar against the store, and now they're closed.

whisles

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Had to get my new kidney somewhere ...

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re: Please don't include drugs or illegal stuff.

Aren't "black market" goods illegal by definition? As would be knowingly purchasing stolen goods...

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I bought a bunch of copies of Adobe Acrobat 10 from some website for about 20% of the price that Adobe charges. I even emailed the company before I purchased them to ask if they were legitimate and that the codes would work (like they would have said "oh, their fake!"). When the DVD's came, they said "for system builders only" (I have no idea what the implications of that are) but they all work and were successfully registered with Adobe. I don't think the company is an authorized Adobe reseller but the fact that Adobe accepted the registration, I'm not too worried (especially since I have an email from the company telling me they are legit).

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Craigslist, likely. Back in the day when PS3s were cheaper than standalone blu-ray players, I helped my parents find one on CL for a media center. The guy we bought it from was a little shady and the PS3 had initials etched into it or something.

Fairly sure it was hot. But hey, it works.

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@benyust2: "For system builders only" means it's software supplied to computer builders, value-added-resellers, etc. They are then intended to be installed and resold as a complete package.

To skirt around that requirement, sellers typically used to include a cheap piece of hardware (like a mouse).

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Yep, bought land that was stolen from the Native Americans.

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@sirlouie: Where'd you go? I need a liver. Gulp Gulp

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I bought a conflict diamond in the parking lot of a jewelry store in a strip mall, out of the back of some Israeli immigrants 1970's van that had the bubble windows.

This was about 13-14 years ago, I was ignorant to what a conflict diamond was - I knew it wasn't exactly legal but wanted to get the nicest diamond I could afford.

I had it set in a beautiful setting and I saved a great deal of money. I told my wife about 3 years after we were married, she was upset but got over it because it was 2 karats.

I'm not proud and in retrospect I was stupid

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@ryanwb: my wife (then fiance) had already expressed her position against any sort of diamond when we were first thinking of getting married. We went with a few small heirloom gems plus an inherited alexandrite stone (in a ruined ring) re-set into an engagement ring of our own design. Harsh truth is - very few diamonds are going to be "clean" from an ethical point of view.. even if they aren't directly from the modern conflict zones.

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Yes - cheap albums in Japan during the late 70s. All bootleg I suspect.

They weren't the best to say the least, but they were cheap.

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Anime DVDs (regionless from Hong Kong), since you could get a whole season for 1/4 (or less) the price of just a few episodes through normal channels. And yes, I'd do it again. The cost of anime is outrageous.

EDIT: I mean.. a friend did that. Not me.. me.. never... a friend. Of a friend. Yeah...

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In college, I was a questionable source. Since I'm not anymore, no questions please.

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Sports jerseys off of those shady websites... Never had any issues, aside from some items taking seemingly forever to ship. Everything I've bought has been what appears to be the exact same quality as what you can buy at a sports store or from the official league stores. YMMV, of course.

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Years ago a truck pulled up to my office building and sold stuff out the back. I bought a bunch of kitchen stuff (I had my first out-of-college apartment) that was mostly carpy. Rather dodgy.

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I think if you've ever been shopping anywhere in China you bought something fake or stolen without even trying.
http://birdabroad.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/are-you-listening-steve-jobs/

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Whenever we go to shady bars, there are ALWAYS random people that come walking through the bar to sell the most random items. Anything from new socks, new shampoo/conditioner, new bulk sealed lunchmeats, frozen pizzas, trees, electronics... All brand new. God only knows where the stuff came from but you can always get a good deal on stuff.

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I've bought a few things off Craigslist that I wasn't sure if they were legit or not, but I didn't ask and they didn't tell.

Best story I've heard so far was a friend who bought a camcorder in the box off some dude on the street for $80. He was dumb enough to pull the money out of his wallet without first opening the box and seeing it. Once the money was exchanged the guy ran. He opened the box and found there was a 40 oz beer in it.

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Not commenting on anyone here but be aware that some counterfeit sellers are connected to organized crime and terrorism. There hasn't been any connections with fake purses and watches to terrorism and maybe not organized crime but yeah, trademark and IP infringement.

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I've never purchased anything intentionally that falls into the categories named. I like having a warranty that is valid.

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Not really questionable or 'fell off a truck', but I've had stuff off the back of a truck. My mother bought some fish off the back of a truck in a grocery store parking lot (she regretted not buying more). My old apartment complex (central tx) threw a crawfish boil with crawfish off the back of another truck.

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@samstag: If I remember correctly from when I was also in Russia, the downside of those dvds were they couldn't be played on normal US machines :(

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I spent three weeks in russia and the black market is almost all there is over there.

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@dragrednos3: Mine are region-free. Only legitimate publishers use region locks.

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@dragrednos3: You can find DVD players that are either region free or available codes (think "cheat codes") that will unlock the regions. I suspect that all DVD players are this way as it's easier to write one set of firmware to play all and then just set locks to each region v. writing 7 or 8 different firmware.