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Good Deal

Postby Gus Sainz » Fri Jan 20, 2006 7:32 pm

Why pay three or four thousand dollars for an unaccredited diploma from a dubious entity when you can buy one here that is just as good (or better) for only $7.99?

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Re: Good Deal

Postby Rich Douglas » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:28 pm

Administrator wrote:Why pay three or four thousand dollars for an unaccredited diploma from a dubious entity when you can buy one here that is just as good (or better) for only $7.99?

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Because buying a "degree" from a diploma mill is so much more than the document(s). Because the diploma mill is pretending to be a real school, it will also "verify" one's degree, attendance, grades, etc., sometimes included, sometimes for an additional fee. It is the acquisition of this co-conspirator--and the appearance of legitimacy provided--that is the true draw. And the danger.

Danger for (a) students who are fooled into thinking this is a legitimate way to get a real degree, (b) for employers too ignorant to ferret out the truth, and (c) the general public, who tends to assume people have the degrees they claim to have.

But there is another danger not often talked about, and that also is to the purchaser. When a diploma mill gets uncovered, its operators will either shut down because of prosecution (or to avoid it) or will re-name the operation to continue "below the radar." But this burns the previous purchasers because they (a) lose their anonymity due to the infamy of bad press (even if they themselves are not specifically revealed) and (b) their "university" has to disappear, thus eliminating their co-conspirator in the verification game.

And, yet, millions (we think) of fake degrees are in use around the world, no matter what your definition of "fake" is.
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Re: Good Deal

Postby Gus Sainz » Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:19 am

Yes, but at least 3 Stooges University is accredited by ACI (or at least its predecessor).* :lol:

Your point is well taken, Rich. However, my point was that a 3 Stooges University diploma awarding a Master of the Stooges degree may be a gag, but purchasing a bogus diploma (with identical academic value) for significantly more money, regardless of the “degree” the diploma attests to or the conspiratorial nature of the whole matter, makes you an even bigger stooge.


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Postby John Bear » Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:04 am

Mark my words, there will be people putting on their resume, or saying, "I have my Master's degree from TSU."

Even the quite funny "University of Bums on Seats" (www.cynicalbastards.com) yielded one 'graduate" listing himself as
B.A., U.MASS
Ph.D., U. BOS

And then there was the man practicing medicine without benefit of a medical degree whose resume correctly said, "BA, MD" because he got his BA at the University of Maryland.

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