A few days ago I asked my readers to comment on the online marketing practices of a number of related firearms and ammunition vendors. The discussion became quite interesting, both in Comments and in offline e-mails.
Readers’ reactions seem clearly split along age-related lines. Those who are older, and were probably brought up with ethical and moral guidelines similar to those I learned at my parents’ knees, seem to either side with my position, or at least be willing to consider it. Those who are younger, and who grew up in an age of “If it feels good, do it!”, are less worried by and more supportive of the business practices of the companies under discussion.
For myself, I think a comment by Murphy’s Law encapsulates my concerns admirably:
If a seller is less than honest about one thing, what else are they less than honest about?
Go read the original post and its comment thread, and see what you think.