how can a person (like me) who has researched and bought equipment on the basis of 'will it do what I want' The specifications and Ebay feedback, be expected to know it came with totally dud electronics and pirate software?
Caveat emptor I am afraid. But there are PLENTY of sources on info available if you take the time - and make sure you are not just reading the sock puppets.
Planet published the circuitry of this board. They've only got themselves to blame for an unethical Chinese manufacturer starting to manufacture them.
Sorry, but that is total rubbish. Planet can NOT be responsible for what any other mfr does. Not in law, and not morally.
There is always someone out there willing to offer a cheaper deal with lots of smooth promises about it working. That is human nature: rip off the gullible. It may not be nice, being told that you were conned, but there it is. Learn from it and move on.