Listing tech items on marketplace, and several times now I've had shipping staff from cruise ships and container ships bid on things, asking if we can meet weeks in the future. Is there a global arbitrage in old tech going on here? I'm guessing this all happens in a rather gray area of import/export declarations.

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@jduckles I know when cruise ships came into Port Chalmers the local supermarket would stock up on extra chocolate. The crews used to buy it by the box to resell somewhere.

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