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MD, please work out this ridiculous ban on international orders.
Massdrop is just trying to protect your purchases... would you rather they allow you to purchase the knife, only to be confiscated, and you lose the knife plus your money?
There are no refunds for confiscated items. You butt nugget.
I'd say let the BUYER decide whether they want to take the risk of seizure. We are not children who need to be protected, we are adults who should understand the import laws of our country.
To be the devil's advocate....Are you a lawyer specializing in international import/export willing to state that MD will not get in trouble for sending said seized items? Interstate commerce is annoying enough wit various stupid local and state regulations. I am not saying whether I agree or not with all of the laws, but I am guessing MD is not big enough yet to deal with that on their own (or just doesn't the the extra $1,000 is enough to cover the extent of legal trouble). Again, just trying to see both sides of the story.
Besides that, anyone have personal experiences with this knife?
Personal attacks aside, yes I prefer being an informed buyer who makes sure that items I buy are according to local laws. The disclaimer on knives (still there) is perfectly clear, caveat emptor applies, and I'd not ask for a refund or blame MD if there was an issue with customs.
If MD itself risks fines then I understand their decision and will simply go back to Amazon, but they have not used that argument. And let's keep this civil please.
Orly? Automatic knives and swords are legal in my country. To import and to carry - although a cop will stop you to ask you why you have a sword with you). I'm not being protected just merely inconvenienced.
For certain imports, Massdrop may be held legally liable in a products liability case if they allow imports of an item into a country where that item might face restrictions, especially if they solicit business in that country. This isn't just about your ability to be a discerning consumer. The law may come down very hard on Massdrop if they take that risk.
What do you think happened before the policy was put into place? It's a new thing, so what's your guess as to what happened when Massdrop let the buyer decide? Do you think most of them let Massdrop off the hook, or do you think there was a good reason the policy was put into place? Think it through.
MD cannot be held liable as far as I know. The importer is suppose to know if it is legal or not to get a particular item into a country, not the seller. Thus, folks that order will get the knock on the door. But, I think it is reasonable for MD not wanting to deal with the PR nightmare if suddenly folks complain that they got hit w/fines or legal infractions after ordering an item on MD.