Is it morally wrong to buy items that may be stolen?

Is it morally wrong to buy items that may be stolen, such as iPods on ebay or guitars in pawnshops, to name a few examples?

  • Yes
    59% (10)55% (6)57% (16)Vote
  • No
    41% (7)45% (5)43% (12)Vote
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For the purpose of this question, assume the buyer has no idea how or why the items are for sale.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • well how do you know its stolen?

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    • You don't, that's the conundrum!

    • if you know its stolen then its wrong because someone else is profiting off of another person's misfortune. its not your fault you bought a stolen item though if you had no idea it was stolen... BUUTTT you can also practice avoiding "shady deals". if it seems shady then expect the worse and move on.

What Guys Said 6

  • Yes, that is why it's best to beware when you buy things
    sometimes it's innocently done without our knowledge but
    things can have Serial numbers and be searched.

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  • Items you know are stolen is at least here in norway illegal, and is considered fencing.
    Same goes for items that comon sense should tell you likely is stolen (like expensive stuff beign sold cheap).
    But if it seems legit, and is sold in a way that's legit... no. It's not your fault for it, and while it's wrong to buy stolen items, you can't really be blamed for it.

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  • I think it os

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  • It is also a crime that in some states the penalty is as bad as if you stole the item (s) yourself

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    • Even if the buyer has no idea?

    • Yes , it's not at all fair but it is illegal. They call it receiving stolen merchandise or property

  • No it's not. Because you are not the one who stole those things.

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  • Well someones gonna buy it eventually might as well be you.

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What Girls Said 6

  • Lol. No. I don't think so. You didn't steal those items and you made a legit transaction.

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  • Well... if you don't know that the items are stolen, then no, you're not at fault. But if you do know, then you're indirectly assisting in the theft when purchasing it. So, it could be immoral to some. Of course, the bigger crime is the theft itself.

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  • It's wrong if you know its stolen. It's not wrong if you dont know its stolen.

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  • Yes, because that way you contribute to more stealing. The ones who sell them, see profit and continue robbing to get earn more.

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  • No 'cause you don't know that it's stolen.

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  • It is wrong.

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