Indeed, I never meant to suggest I am immune from being a fool. I was also one of the people manipulating those RL codes that were posted in order to order my Lindricks and some other stuff. Codes that probably were specific to some other consumer. So in two instances recently I have participated in buying at a deep discount with a method that was never intended for me. It went well. I can pretend that my victim was just some giant retailer that has enough margin to still turn a profit at 50%, as rationalization can support anything from a new pair of selvedge up to and including Auschwitz.
And had it not gone well, I would certainly be pissed at Jimmy Fingers, or slightly irritated with RL for not honoring my manipulated discount. On the other hand, as was said elsewhere, I did send $$$ over the internet to a guy named Jimmy Fingers. You buy the ticket and you take the ride.
It's all rationalisation. You can say "you buy the ticket and you take the ride" about anything. It certainly sounds good and wordly. The next time something goes wrong for you, you can fight it, or you can let it happen to you and others and just tell yourself that. This isn't being mentioned because we're into the idea, it's happening because we want our money and people need warning.