CraigL: Not that I`m losing sleep over this issue or anything, but I
think you may be confusing the terms `crap` and `junk`.
No, it`s not good business practice or morally correct to sell crap that you know is crap - i.e. vapor-ware that doesn`t actually work, remedies that
have no scientific proof of their efficacy, stuff like that.
Now, toilet-roll coozies crocheted from yarn on eBay? That`s just junk, not crap. Same for anything made to look like a duck.
we wouldn`t be bringing this issue up if you didn`t put yourself out
there as a `philosopher`, but since you have, we`re gonna call you on
it. Morality is Philosophy 101, right before Politics, etc.
Sure, Rome fell anyway, as will the US eventually, but they did get some good thinking done while they were still around.
I`m not confusing crap and junk, I`m referring to low-quality,
low-interest products. I`m also referring to the "offer to sell" under
the context and common interpretation of "selling."
Morality is the study of good and bad, judgements as to the policies
someone holds in their interaction with life and existence. Many
philosophers call the area of study "Ethics," while others call the
same thing "Morality." That`s just plain confusing.
To make matters more clear, I`m saying that the study of policies in
life is Morality. The study of Procedures in life is Ethics. An even
easier way is to say that Morality is the study of Good and Bad. Ethics
is the study of Right and Wrong. Agree or disagree, I`m just setting
the framework. We all know we`re discussing the "bigger picture" of
crap, offering it for sale, and making a judgement.
If we consider selling any product, we must consider that someone is
expected to buy that product. The people evaluating the product are
free to choose, even in monopolies. Anyone can offer to sell crap.
There`s nothing at all wrong with it, and IF they make a fortune doing
so, there`s nothing wrong with that either!
The fundamental "moral" justification has nothing to to with whether it
should be illegal, controlled, regulated, or anything else. It`s a
foundation of free-market capitalism. If you want to argue the morality
of that, fine...we can do so.
Let`s just remember that the people BUYING the crap, thereby producing
the millions in revenues are an equal part of the equation.