Stop stealing my ideas
by JohnD333 on February 9, 2017 - 2:55pm
Stop stealing my ideas
With nowadays’ technology, buying and selling online becomes an easier way for us to access the goods and services. With the shipping service, we do not have to go outside and spend our time on driving and finding a parking spot. In addition, the problem of carrying a lot of bags, which can only exhaust us, will be solved. However, even with this kind of services and facilities, producers are usually suffering from the ethical problem in e-commerce. Their products are often being counterfeit by other producers, moreover, these counterfeited products are usually cheaper than the originals, which only causes the consumers to purchase these “fake” products instead of those “reals”. On the other hand, those original companies suggest the consumers to “keep it real” and boycott those counterfeited products. In this case, who is right? Should consumers go for the lower price, save their money or keep the spirit, protect the original seller. As consumer, people should help the original company to survive from the cruel wave of counterfeited products, in order to encourage sellers to develop more ideas and not being afraid of sharing them.
The companies that counterfeit the products are basically stealing ideas from others. As the e-commerce is considered a free-market where no one is forcing the consumers to purchase, these companies offer the lowest price to attract them and which can only end the original company’s carrier. In their perception of the market, the deontological ethical theory is being applied by the counterfeited-product sellers: No one is doing it wrong, the consumers will decide by their own, and what sellers have to do is to respect their choices. While consumers follow the principle of saving money, the counterfeited companies focus on the principle of selling as much as possible, getting money as much as possible (Merrill, 11). However, the virtue ethics convince most of consumers to protect the original company. According to Merrill, this ethics is based on a moral character, a good will of people, mostly the agent instead of the outcome and the action(Merrill,14). Those “fake” companies begin their carrier with the stealing of others’ ideas which clearly violated the virtue ethics, because the stealing is considered as immoral. In addition, the quality of counterfeited products is not as good as the originals. Therefore, regarding to virtue ethics, a seller, who steals the idea from others and who produces only cheap and low-quality good, is considered to be immoral.
In conclusion, consumers should boycott all the counterfeited products because these sellers are immoral, they steal ideas from others and make profit out of it, especially their products are low-quality. On the other hand, we should help the original companies to survive and encourage others to not be afraid of sharing ideas and develop new things.
John C. Merrill, "Overview: Theoretical Foundation for Media Ethics", 3-32 in A. David Gordon, John M Kittross, John C Merrill, William Babcock, and Micheal Dorsher(eds.), Controversies in Media Ethics, 3rd Edition( New York: Routledge,2011) p.11-14