Akos from the rtlsdr4everyone blog has come up with a new post that aims to help people avoid getting ripped off when trying to buy an RTL-SDR dongle. He shows that there are several sellers on eBay who sell branded products (like Nooelec and our own RTL-SDR Blog brand) for higher prices and higher shipping costs than the official manufacturer. He also notes that there are several sellers falsely advertising E4000 dongles, selling custom units that are too expensive and sellers that stuff in popular keywords to wrongly get to the top of rankings with an inflated price.
We’d like to add the following to Akos’ post: We believe these sellers offering our and other brands products at higher prices on marketplaces like eBay are simple market arbitrage bots that scrape items listed on Amazon and then list them on eBay for a higher price. They write that they can ship overseas, but they are simply using an address forwarder (like shipito, viabox or the eBay global shipping program) to forward the goods from the USA to overseas. Note that we ship overseas via our Chinese warehouse for free, so there is no need to use an address forwarder and pay high shipping costs.
We’d also like to note that we now have three companies who legitimately resell our dongle only units locally in the UK, Japan and in India. They may charge higher prices as they must contend with import costs and business taxes, but the advantage is fast local shipping and local support.