Martin Tithonium (tithonium) wrote,
Martin Tithonium

Ethics vs Economics

I've been wanting a Sony Clie PEG-UX50 for quite a long time now. Sony still sells them for $600. They've been going for $250-$300 on ebay.

I found one that's got 1.25 days left and still hasn't broken $100, which is unusual.

I'm considering sniping it.

I consider sniping to be... rude, at best. Not sure if I'd go so far as to say unethical, but really, it's an unreasonable behaviour in my opinion. But, if I want to get one of these things at anything resembling an acceptable price (no /way/ I'm paying over $200, and I'd like to stay under $150), it's what I'm going to have to do. It's like soft money or any of a number of other things: I may think it's wrong, but if I want to win I have to play by the same rules everybody else does.

So, anybody have suggestions?
If it's a website, I'm concerned with trust (I don't want them stealing my password, you know?).
If it's software, what's it run on and how reliable is it?
Tags: ethics, money
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