I always wondered about those places that offered to sell a $200 iTunes gift card for a ridiculous low price. It seemed to me to be shady, so I avoided it. However the author of this article did it, and tried to share the research that he found. It wasn’t much.
Basically the bottom line is that since it is just a code it is untraceable by the end-user. I don’t like supporting anything that feels illegal. There are plenty of legal things have terrible consequences like diamond mining, so we don’t need to add misery to the world to save a few bucks.
What seems very selfish to me is that the people who I have seen are the most stingy are the richest. Very few people are like Warren Buffet who has given away so much to charity. Those are people who are singularly good people. They could surround themselves in whatever fantasy they wish, but the fact that Mr. Buffet drives a normal car and lives in a humble home is just an incredible message on the value of money.
Sometimes the most effective actions are concrete behavior that people do. Words are so easy to say when someone is insincere. What is moving is when people live out their values by acting on what they believe. To me, not adding to crime is the first test of being a responsible and rational consumer.