[funsec] Cheap cellphones.

Drsolly drsollyp at drsolly.com
Sun Aug 13 14:37:40 CDT 2006


I already have a cellphone.

But I've just been looking into buying a handheld GPS, because my wife and 
I go walking a lot.

I can buy the Garmin Etrex Vista cx for £268 at a cheap UK vendor. 

But on Ebay, there's people selling them for £182. Looking carefully, I 
can see that these sellers are in the USA, 

In the UK, I'd be paying VAT. Buying from the US, the vendor doesn't have 
to pay VAT. I guess he's paying his own taxes, but that isn't my problem.

This is the grey market in action. It's legal; the only people who are 
hurt, are the people who are trying to sell the same product in different 
countries, at very different prices. Ebay is the medium for international 
arbitrage.

I imagine a GPS could be used by terrorists. But so can a baseball bat.



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