High tech gadgets are the hottest selling items in the world due to their low prices and availability, surpassing sales of higher end computer products and more expensive electronic appliances. These products cover a wide variety of functions and features: from communication and security items to novelty and highly entertaining products. This makes hi tech gadgets the preferred items on product listings by many resellers online.
However, some of these products are covered by international laws particularly with regards to their ownership and use. Most of these restrictions are related to privacy laws, safety, and disruption to public communications. If you are not aware that such laws exist and sold these products to equally-unknowing customers in countries where this products are prohibited, it will cause serious repercussions on you – which could eventually sink your business.
High Tech Gadgets with Restrictions on Ownership and Use
To avoid such problems from happening, the first thing you need to do is to be aware about these restrictions and local laws governing the use and ownership of the products you are selling. To help you in this regard, the following list describes some of the top gadgets that are governed by certain laws locally and internationally.
* Lasers and Laser Pointers
Laser pointers are great tools to use for presentations and meetings. Lasers are also used for various toys and hobby items. Laser pointers with less than 5 milliwatts (<5 mW) of power or the class 3A type of lasers is still safe to use but anything higher can cause permanent eye damage. This is why lasers higher than 5mW is prohibited for use in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. In some countries, only class 2 or laser pointers with less than 1 mW is allowed.
* Signal Jammers
Jammers are high tech gadgets that prevent other devices such as cellular phones, radio signal, Wi-Fi, and GPS units from receiving signals from their base stations. There is particular type of jammer designed for the range of frequencies a particular device have such as in GSM signals for mobile phones and L1/L2 signals for GPS trackers.
Since these jammers broadcast signals that disrupt radio and telephone communications, their use is governed by specific laws in various areas and countries. In most countries, jammers are legal to own but are illegal to use in public areas, although some countries may allow use in a privately owned building with the necessary permits.
* Bugs and Listening Devices
Just like what they use in the movies, bugs can listen to and record conversations without people knowing about it. They can be concealed in a safe place to avoid detection and can be activated by remote by someone from a safe distance. In most countries, the use of these listening devices are allowed only for home security use but are illegal to use to spy on other people and invade their privacy. Exceptions are law enforcement agencies but their use is still governed by permission or warrants from the courts before use.
Trackers are gadgets that can be used to monitor and track the location of a person, car, or object using GPS signals. Law enforcement agents are allowed to use these tracking devices as part of their investigation over illegal or criminal activities as long as their use is covered by a warrant. Private individuals can use these trackers on cars and objects they own private or by their business but it is illegal for one person to use a tracker on another without their knowledge.
In the United States, most states allow their law enforcement agents and police officers to use tasers as part of their police work. Civilian use however, varies from state to state as well as from country to country. In most states in the US, it is illegal to own or carry a taser in public while some states allow licensed ownership in the same manner as owning guns. In some countries, tasers and stun guns are only allowed for police use and prohibit civilians from ownership, while in other countries use of tasers are banned altogether.
Considerations in Selling These High Tech Gadgets Online
Selling the items listed above to a person in whose country the gadget is prohibited can cause serious problems with your business, unless you make the proper precautions and considerations. Without these precautions, you could get into trouble with a customer who is not aware that the product is prohibited only to find out their items were discovered and confiscated by customs and destroyed – and the police comes knocking at their doors asking them why they were trying to import a prohibited item.
It’s a good thing that you can include disclaimers and FAQs in your online store and product listings. You can clearly state that a high tech gadget in particular is governed by international laws and it should be the sole responsibility of the consumer to know that purchasing the product is legal or not in their countries. Should a customer insist of buying a unit despite these precautions and disclaimers, you wash your hands from any responsibility regarding its use.
High tech gadgets are great items to sell online but a wise reseller should know firsthand the legalities regarding the use and ownership of these products in the country of destination. Having this knowledge, you can also educate your clients and preventing them from making a serious mistake – and avoid problems for both you as a reseller and the client as the buyer.