Just met a skeptic who sells homeopathic remedies!
First let me say I'll be the first one to admit that I've seen how incredibly gullible people are, and thought how easy it would be to make money off of them. I've thought how easy it would be to sell religious books or other items (people seem to buy them like crazy... pun intended.) The thing is though, despite the fact that I'm financially ruined and totally broke.... I haven't.
So yesterday I stopped at a friend's house to return a movie. An acquaintance of hers was there, and we were introduced. My friend told the guy that I was really a skeptic, when church got brought up. He responded that he was too, and that he only helped out making some repairs at the church they were talking about, because his Mom begged him too. I was thinking I might get along with this new guy after we talked a bit. Then the subject of side jobs came up, and my friend was telling me how he sold stuff on eBay.... like homeopathic medicines! I was visibly amused by the fact that a self proclaimed skeptic sold that crap, so he explained. He had gotten several cases of random stuff at an estate auction to resell on eBay. One of the cases had been full of homeopathic remedies that he later sold for an average of $15 dollars for a tiny bottle. Now this is where it gets good. He made so much from it, that he looked into it, and realized it was nothing but water (diluted to about 1 part in an ocean's worth of water)..... so he started making and selling his own! I debated with him for a few minutes about selling snake oil. At one point he made a few excuses, something about "at least they get the placebo effect" and "I was dead broke when I started up making my own" and "at least I'm not making money selling harmful drugs or worse, dealing drugs." My friend knew I would tear the guy's argument to shreds if I kept on. So after I got the look (you know the one that says "You BETTER NOT do it!" ) I made an excuse and left (out of respect for my friend.) On the way out he says "Hey, you know people are going to buy that crap whether I sell a couple hundred bottles on top of the millions sold or not." I turned and replied "I know you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes, I was just surprised is all." Again I just wanted to leave it alone out of respect for my friend.
I tried to see if I could see any obvious homemade stuff on eBay from his area, but didn't see anything obvious, and I didn't have his seller ID. Too bad, I was curious how many $15 ounces of water this guy had sold.
I've been just smh ever since I talked to that guy. Most of the time I think that the majority of homeopath peddlers are just deluded people selling what they believe works. I knew many many people were out there making money off of what they know to be pure scams, but meeting one that was a reasonable skeptic kind of blew my mind a little.
What do you guys think about the morality of what the guy is doing? If you were dead broke and about to lose your house, or in some other situation like you couldn't put food on the table for whatever reason, would you, could you do something like that?
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