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yachting markup!

Anyone seen those new "induction" flashlights that require no batteries? West Marine, et. al are selling them for around US$40. I have bought a few - exactly the same - here in Thailand for $2.25 (and that''s after being imported from China!). The battery powered handheld spotlights - also selling for about $40 can be had for about $13.

Just goes to show, if you put "yacht" label on any product, it''s an excuse for America''s Cup prices.

BTW, if any one wants one of these items, I''d be happy to send at cost + shipping -- just to stick it to the man
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I am interested, just wondering how much the shipping would be from Thailand. I am interested in flashlight and spotlight. My e-mail address is: mary.jewell@phs.com. Thanks
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thanks Mary. i sent you an email. i can be reached at scott_neuman@hotmail.com
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yachting markup!

part of the markup here in the states is the shipping from china, etc.

i have found that vegetables shipped from florida to baltimore are almost twice what i paid in florida ... shrug.. just remember that customs fees can be steep if you are deemed an importer and do not have the proper customs paperwork for them.

I wouold keep the rest of the ''me too''s'' to back channel mail to cya.
sounds good though
izabella
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I went into West Marine yesterday looking for a cheap bilge pump for my fishing boat. The cheapest was 15 bucks. So I went to Walmart and found the exact same pump for 10 bucks. So, is it the shipping from Walmart to West Marine?
When I lived in Alaska there was a joke: the punchline goes, "So how come my haircut cost so much?" "It''s the freight"
The sad fact is, boats are a luxury, not a necessity (in spite of what I tell my wife. So, bottom line, it''s what ever the traffic will bear.
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I once ordered some stuff from the BoatUS catalog, when the order came, one item had a price tag on it from Walmart!! I swear it is true!
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I just had a drogue - a relatively simple device - custom made here in Thailand for the equivalent of US$30 - that compares to the USD$200 + shipping it would have cost me from West Marine. And that for an item - hopefully - i will never have to use. All I had to do was explain the design and that the seams needed to be REALLY strong. Voila! There are a lot of small diesel engines used in the rural areas to power generators so that Mom and Dad can watch the tele for a few hours, so it wasn''t difficult to find a fuel/water filter for about US$25 instead of the US$90 charged by marine suppliers. Is the marine filter better? Maybe, but for the price on this one, which seems to work quite well for the locals, I could buy two backups.
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