>> I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
>> buy Ham equipment while I'm there. This is
>> my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
>> about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
>> the states. I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
>> Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
>> what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
>> watch for, etc...
>> Thank you N6ES
>Pardon me for getting somewhat off the ham radio topic, but a pitfall to
>watch for is that anything you buy which is made in China is probably made
>by slave labor!
Almost certainly not. Slavery was outlawed in China many years ago.
Some of the products made in China may be built by prison labor, but
that's no different than many products made in the USA. Prison industries
are a big business here too, and the US has the largest per capita prison
population in the world.
But back to the original question. Buying in Hong Kong generally isn't
a good deal. There are few ham radio dealers, and their prices are high.
Also, most of the radios offered for sale will be Asian market versions
which won't have the frequency coverage or offsets used in the US,
or will be reduced power models. And of course, there will be no US
warrantee. US Customs will want your money too when you try to bring
one in (they may not even let you bring it in without the magic FCC
decal). Bad deal. Support your local ham dealer instead.
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