Never buy smuggled goods. You don`t just run a risk of landing a bad item, but you also run the risk of landing yourself in prison. If not the above mentioned, you certainly run risk of getting fooled.
There was this dude friend of mine who bought a laptop from a smuggler…not that Ajit of the Hindi movie types…this one was a lot sober and made sense. The transaction happened in the smuggler`s house, unlike a movie where it happens under flashing lights or in the beach just before Iftikar rushes in with his Band of Brothers.
The money saved was good. The laptop also looked good. What our man missed out was the warranty card…and anyways the smuggler could not have given him that. A few days later my dude friend walked up to his house to claim damages because his laptop had stopped working. The house was locked. And on enquiry…he was told the smuggler had been arrested and was in jail.
The cocky dude that this dude friend of mine was …he decided to go to the police station looking for the smuggler. Luckily, my persuasion powers have been on the rise recently and I was able to convince him that it was best to find a bakra and sell the laptop at whatever price he could.
“I will get you a bakra, just make sure you give him the lap top at half the price and he would buy it,” I told him and got him a customer.
After spending a few hundred rupees, the laptop is ok now. Just that my father back in Madurai is using it till this dude friend of mine gets transferred to Mumbai or some damn place.