First I'd like to say, that I have not bought an illegal copy of a doll, nor do I know anyone who has personally. This is a totally hypothetical situation, which may or may not have happened to someone, though I think it might be fairly likely, which is why I'm curious as to what you guys think. Let's say we have a newbie; she's only just fallen hard for BJDs, and wants desperately to buy one, but hasn't had the money. So, she saves up, learns all the basics, and comes across a few companies here and there. As she's saving up, let's say that one day on ebay, she comes across a small shop that's selling full dolls with face-ups; and my goodness, how inexpensive! And how lovely that one mold! Now let's say this newbie purchases one of those dolls. It comes home, and it's everything she wanted in one. She cares for it for weeks, buying it wigs and clothes and props- the whole nine yards. She couldn't be more in love with this doll, and miraculously, feels no need to purchase another. That's how perfect she feels her doll is. Then, one day, she stumbles across DOA; she loves it! She joins up right away, and jumps right in, introducing herself, and makes lots of new friends, but must wait to post pictures of her new doll because she doesn't own a camera. When she finally does post pictures of her beloved doll, people are furious with her for purchasing what to them is a well-known copy. When she realises what she's done, she becomes penitent, and goes searching for the original doll- only to find it is no longer produced. Let's say it was a basic, and plenty were purchased, but the price has still gone up and it's far out of her price range. And what's more, the little details she's come to love in her own doll are the telling imperfections- the original is different enough she knows she wouldn't feel it's the same doll. So, DOAers, what should she do? Should she choose what appears to be a morally right path, and get rid of her beloved doll? Should she keep her doll while remaining on the board, though she doesn't post pictures, bearing the stigma of having purchased a fake? Should she disappear altogether, never to be seen on the board again? What would you do if you inadvertantly purchased a fake you'd fallen in love with? I know what I would do; but I'm curious as to what others think. Please let me know if I should clarify anything. And I really hope this is in the right place, and a suitable topic.