I’ve noticed over the last couple of months that its becoming increasingly difficult for Amateurs in Australia to buy a whole swathe of Chinese made radios.
For example on AliExpress, on some radios, as soon as I select the delivery country of Australia, I get a message saying that the vendor doesn’t ship to Australia
I’ve heard anecdotal reports that this seems to apply to radios from all the major Chinese manufacturers including TYT, Baofeng and Radioddity, but possibly this may only apply to Australian buyers.
Its not totally impossible to buy these radios, but its becoming difficult and increasingly expensive.
For example on eBay Australia the cheapest price for the Radioddity GD-77 is $169.99 AUD (approximately $120 US Dollars)
Whereas on eBay.com (USA), the same radio is available for around $80.
I’m not sure if this its just that suppliers have decided that its the new Australian taxation laws, which appear to require any overseas company selling to customers in Australia to register with the Australian Tax Office, (ATO) and collect GST on behalf of the ATO, which is putting companies off selling to Australia.
Or whether it that Australia is a small marketplace and its not worth the trouble.
Or perhaps whether this is a much wider problem which is possibly being caused by the current trade battles going on across the world.
Or the FCC changes in the USA
But the end result is that the ubiquitous Chinese made handheld radios, that most of us now use, seem to be slowly becoming more of a rarity