[aprssig] Re: Puxing PX-777
scott at opentrac.org
Thu Nov 8 02:25:00 EST 2007
> So if they've got an exclusive distribution arrangement, how did you
> manage to get an import license???
It's got nothing to do with an import license. The manufacturer has a
contractual arrangement with the company that says they'll only sell to
them in the US. That just means I have to buy them elsewhere, and
someone else gets to take a cut. It also means that I can't get the
radios with my own brand label, but I don't particularly care about that.
It's not illegal, no contract is broken (since I'm not party to that
agreement), and I still pay the same import duties.
I think it's worth pointing out that this sort of arbitrage only works
when there is an artificial disparity in price. If I can sell the same
radio for less than half the price and still make a profit even after an
overseas wholesaler takes a cut, that should tell you something about
the obscene markup that exists in the authorized distribution channel.
I'm just doing my part to ensure the efficiency of the market! =]
> And I guess I'm not up on current FCC regs. I thought the FCC frowned
> upon any tranciever able to function on frequencies of more than one
> service. If this thing is really that broadbanded, does one need a
> license in every service that it spans in order to legally own one?
Only to legally transmit, as I understand the rules. The exception to
that would be 800 MHz receive, which they don't let you own.
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