Taking Advantage?

Dear Dave, Do you see an ethical dilemma involved in buying things like repossessed cars, houses that have been through foreclosure, or even pawn shop items? While these kinds of purchases can be smart and thrifty, I worry sometimes that I'm taking advantage of those who are stuck in a bad financial cycle. Ryan Dear Ryan, You've raised an important question. You sound like a fair and caring person, and I appreciate that. However, I don't think there's any kind of ethical issue involved when you buy items where you have nothing to do with their sale, and no control over it. If your intention in any transaction is to harm or take advantage of someone, then what you're doing is wrong. For example, you shouldn't loan someone money at 40 percent in hopes that you can take their stuff because they can't pay! I never make a deal that's not a win-win situation. I buy lots of things at the pawn shop. If someone pawns something, and later I can get a bargain, you bet I'll buy it. As far as a house is concerned, is it worse for the other person to sell the house to you, or to go through foreclosure? With the latter, they've already been foreclosed on, so you're buying it from the bank. You're not taking advantage of them by doing this. If someone is in a bad situation, and buying their stuff will help keep things from getting worse, that's a blessing. In some cases you're assisting them in turning their lives around! - Dave
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