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Comment by Pat Hagar on Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? (November 18, 2017 03:22 AM)
In 09 I bought a copy of AutoCad 06 online for $250.I knew ACad was an expensive program but I had no idea what a 3 year old version was worth.It inst...
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I've been burned a few times from Amazon sales but mostly good stuff. Just got Trac2 blades that were horrible. One stroke and they popped off the raz...
Comment by Greg on Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? (November 17, 2017 11:55 PM)
Another potential pitfall is with home insurance. I am only familiar with Canadian fire insurance policies, and those in the USA MAY be more inclusive...
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Comment by Robert A. on Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? (November 17, 2017 10:42 PM)
Dave in Indy: Fiat Chrysler only has one assembly plant for it's larger automobiles - Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger - and it's loca...
Comment by Doc on Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? (November 17, 2017 10:26 PM)
Another thing to consider, which I didn't and would never have thought about - is if your insurance company will cover the replacement value if lost l...
Comment by JPHUF on Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? (November 17, 2017 10:19 PM)
If a "Gray Market" seller accepts your credit card then he/she has to have a Merchants Account or use a 3rd party that has one. Which means that if yo...
Comment by Dave in Indy on Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? (November 17, 2017 09:06 PM)
I recall the Gray Market Honda issue and Rick Hendricks oddly timed health issues. He also donated to Slick Willy and got pardoned. Anywho, the wife a...

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