Hahah, I often wonder how these are "liberated." I'm half expecting a little piece of rice stuck in a block from a workers lunchbox that he stuffed full from the assembly line."...they are likely liberated from the assembly line where the devices they are being installed in are assembled, maybe because of defects ( trash bin salvage ) or maybe sticky fingers or OEM's looking to do a little side business, hence the scratched out #'s ..."
Yep, that is definitely a possible resource option as well. I'm sure littleguy's contract with said supplier states littleguy cannot sell individual components, only components installed in assemblies. It's probably more about littleguy selling a bit on the side regardless of work flow.Acme projector may make and sell thousands of units each month, but littleguy projectors is more of a custom shop making specialty projectors for extra large venues or ultra high quality home theaters..... however when littleguy's business gets slow, he may sell some " goods " on the grey market, after scratching out the serial numbers so as not to lose his ability to buy the protected goods.
It's not that the goods are especially dangerous, it's a matter of potential liability that the large goods maker doesn't want to risk.