After casually reading some posts in different threads about purchased trading systems, I cannot help but have a question. Has anyone, anywhere ever actually made reasonably consistent money trading a bought system? More to the point, have such trading profits even covered the cost of the system? I don't care if the system is a black box, a gray box or a fuchsia-colored box. It does not matter if the purchased "product" is software, a manual or a lucky scarf and a ouija board. Did it make money? My strong suspicion is that the answer is no. Nonetheless, there appears to be a market for these systems. Therefore, I think it would be useful to dispense with the myth of profitable bought systems by creating this thread. It can be referred to by those who are considering the purchase of a trading system and require a reality check. In my mind, a bought trading system, regardless of the cost, represents a something-for-nothing deal. Let us put that into perspective. Even if a system costs $5,000, it is inconsequential if you believe that it will significantly enhance or totally replace your existing primary source of income. It is the near equivalent of a "free lunch." And really, how often has the market or ANY of its participants ever given you or anyone you know anything even remotely resembling a free lunch? Perhaps I am being too skeptical, or even cynical. If so, please advise.