Importing duplicates question

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When I connect my iPhone and Import photos, somethimes I am asked if I want to import duplicates as it seems some photos are already on my Mac probably via iCloud.
But if I say Do not import duplicates, does that mean that when I reach 1,000 photos in my photo stream that the photo will be deleted eventually?
Surely I should import the duplicate and make an album which will be on my HDD and not in iCloud photo stream.
In any case, it is not always clear which photos have already been synced from iPhoto - or not - til I connect my iPhone. I am often surprised some photos are duplicates while others are not.
Basically, what is the best practice for saving photos from iPhone to iPhoto on Mac forever?
Thanks.

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If you have your iPhoto's iCloud preference pane setup as shown in this screenshot it will automatically import all new photos added to the My Photo Stream by your iPhone:
So if you decline the option to import duplicates when connecting the iPhone to your Mac you won't lose any of the photos.
To see which photos have been imported into your library just check the current month's Photo Stream event.
Remember, the iPhone must be connected via WiFi in order to sync to iPhoto.
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