It's even worse that some sites such as "" provide both KOs and genuine products, but when they are selling a Mefferts Megaminx for 30-something dollars, and right beside it a K.O. selling less than ten dollars, with "turns good" or some other garbage tacked onto the description, unless the shopper has most or all of the following traits:
(A) extremely high moral standards
(B) isn't frugal-minded or has a relatively large budget
(C) is highly educated concerning the impacts of piracy
(D) accepts the notion that quality comes at a high premium
(E) actually takes the time to do extensive research before making a purchase
(F) Is a regular at twistypuzzles, speedsolving, etc, etc...
he/she will most likely go with the cheapest option.
How many of you have ever gone to Walmart just to save a couple of bucks, rather than stop by Bubba's Hardware, and yet are still saddened when they see a "For Lease" sign on Mom & Pop's Grocery just two blocks down the road? I've seen it happen time and time again, and yet I continue to head strait to Walmart rather than meander all over town to shop for goods. I don't even really like Walmart, in fact I loathe the store, yet I still shop there all the time
I can only assume that the vast majority of casual puzzlers do the same thing whilst shopping online, and perhaps some of them even go out of their way to save some cash. It's a sad truth, that when it comes to capitalism, it's a dog-eat-dog world.
My Creepy 3D Rubik's Cube Video
Yeah, Uwe is Dalai Lama and Paganotis is mother Teresa of Calcutta.