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22nd Sep '17 6:09:24 AM SAMAS
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* The Black Market in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is probably more grey than anything. On top of the usual illicit goods and organized crime rackets, they sell weapons and armor from both legitimate vendors and "acquired" military gear, and even weapons and commercial goods they make themselves. At least one faction of the Black Market is one large organization that even owns a PoweredArmor factory out West, one that [[CutLuthorACheck brings in more money as a semi-legitimate business than their criminal activities do]].

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* The Black Market in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is probably more grey than anything. On top of the usual illicit goods and organized crime rackets, they sell weapons and armor from both legitimate vendors and "acquired" military gear, and even weapons and commercial goods they make themselves. At least one faction of the Black Market is one large organization that even owns a PoweredArmor factory out West, West(at Area51, no less), one that [[CutLuthorACheck [[CutLexLuthorACheck brings in more money as a semi-legitimate business than their criminal activities do]].
22nd Sep '17 6:05:09 AM SAMAS
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* The Black Market in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is probably more grey than anything. They sell weapons and armor from both legitimate vendors and "acquired" military gear. At least one faction of the Black Market is one large organization that even own a PoweredArmor factory out West.

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* The Black Market in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is probably more grey than anything. They On top of the usual illicit goods and organized crime rackets, they sell weapons and armor from both legitimate vendors and "acquired" military gear. gear, and even weapons and commercial goods they make themselves. At least one faction of the Black Market is one large organization that even own owns a PoweredArmor factory out West.West, one that [[CutLuthorACheck brings in more money as a semi-legitimate business than their criminal activities do]].
17th Sep '17 12:22:48 AM MadAnthony94
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* The "Underworld" features increasingly in ''Manga/{{One Piece}}'', with the crew encountering major black market hubs on Sabaody and Dressrossa. The clientele are often pirates less scrupulous than our main characters, explaining the bad reputation pirates have with the government (but since the government-supported World Nobles are also major buyers on the black market the hypocrisy is obvious).
11th Sep '17 8:39:13 PM JMQwilleran
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* Many of the worlds of ''Franchise/StarWars'', in both ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' and [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse canon]] have a fairly extensive black market. In fact, in the short story "The Perfect Weapon," readers learn that the bounty hunter Bazine Netal was taught by her master that ''every'' planet with sentient beings had a black market on it, if one knew where to look.
27th Jul '17 9:28:30 AM Saveelich
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* The Portobello Road sequence in the movie ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''.



* Film/TheThirdMan deals with the black market in post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Vienna

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* Film/TheThirdMan deals with the black market in post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ViennaVienna.
24th Jun '17 2:04:31 PM Madrugada
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*** In addition to the movies, some of these markets will also sell fake watches (Rolex being a common knockoff) for about $5 USD or imitation iPhones, among other in-demand items.



** In the US, you'll find the same thing in nearly any fan convention you attend. Just as illegal!
* During the Prohibition Era, alcohol was brought into the US from other countries and sold in secret bars called speak-easies.
** It wasn't always bought from other countries. Other times it was made in people's homes and sold, which is called moonshine. There were also two legal sources people could still get alcohol from, for religious purposes and if it was prescribed by a doctor. [[LoopholeAbuse People exploited this just as much as you expect.]]
* Then there is the darker side of black markets where drugs, firearms and ammunition, and even ''human beings'' (typically as slaves or into forced prostitution) are sold.

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** In the US, you'll find the same thing in nearly any fan convention you attend. Just as illegal!
* During the Prohibition Era, alcohol was brought into the US (both locally-produced and smuggled in from other countries and abroad) was sold in secret bars called speak-easies.
** It wasn't always bought from other countries. Other times it was made in people's homes and sold, which is called moonshine. There were also two legal sources people could still get alcohol from, for religious purposes and if it was prescribed by a doctor. [[LoopholeAbuse People exploited this just as much as you expect.]]
* Then there is the darker side of black markets where drugs, firearms and ammunition, and even ''human beings'' (typically as slaves or into forced prostitution) are sold.
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** What surprises a lot of people when they find out about these sites is how similar they are to ordinary online marketplaces, like eBay or Amazon - especially with sellers and buyers making good reputations for themselves. Hey, even when you're dealing with items that could get both parties sent to [[Film/OfficeSpace federal "pound-me-in-the-ass" prison]] if caught, making sure your business continues to flourish is still important.



* Pretty much anything that's technically legal but has a lot of restrictions on it can easily become a part of this. Cigarettes / tobacco is a good example. With the taxes so high on packs of legal cigarettes, there's a thriving black market in people who buy cheap tobacco from stores, roll in tubes and then sell it. And as for restrictions on the sale to minors, few people take this very seriously given how easy it is for teens to get cigarettes. As of January 1, 2016, Hawaii has raised the legal age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21, which is likely to just create another massive black market, especially among those already 18 but not yet 21 that are smokers. This also applies in general to stuff in the United States that has only been restricted in certain states, or just certain locales. If you want to have fun, try also searches for stuff like "black market light bulbs" (light bulbs banned in favor of [=CFCs=]) or "black market plastic bags" (i.e. the California ban on plastic grocery bags.) Fireworks is another good one, for example, certain states have laws saying you can buy certain types of fireworks, but can't set them off, or vice versa.

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* Pretty much anything that's technically legal but has a lot of restrictions on it can easily become a part of this. Cigarettes / tobacco is a good example. With the taxes so high on packs of legal cigarettes, there's a thriving black market in people who buy cheap tobacco from stores, roll in tubes and then sell it. And as for restrictions on the sale to minors, few people take this very seriously given how easy it is for teens to get cigarettes. As of January 1, 2016, Hawaii has raised the legal age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21, which is likely to just create another massive black market, especially among those already 18 but not yet 21 that are smokers. This also applies in general to stuff in the United States that has only been restricted in certain states, or just certain locales. If you want to have fun, try also searches for stuff like "black market light bulbs" (light bulbs banned in favor of [=CFCs=]) or "black market plastic bags" (i.e. the California ban on plastic grocery bags.) Fireworks is another good one, for example, certain states have laws saying you can buy certain types of fireworks, but can't set them off, or vice versa.
4th Jun '17 1:27:12 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Unsurprisingly one is revealed to exist in Gilead. Not only are alcohol and various illegal drugs traded, but also ''cosmetics and pregnancy tests''. Nick provides drugs to a Martha working in the brothel, with her giving him dirt on the customers back (they also have a casual sexual relationship).
13th May '17 3:08:21 AM Smeagol17
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In RealLife, the term is generally used to describe the encompassing gestalt: a collection of individuals and covert operations which can be spread across a wide geographic range, the archetypal example probably being the vast array of illicit transactions which occurred in [[TheHomeFront Great Britain during World War II]]; in that particular case, it was rationed food-types which was being bought and sold. This is often the case in fiction as well, but sometimes you will encounter a ''literal'' Black Market, a [[WelcomeToEvilMart covert shopping emporium]] complete with merchants hawking their dubious wares from established stalls. This latter type is often a subset of the BazaarOfTheBizarre, with ''everything'' for sale and the outright illegal stuff lurking around the edges.

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In RealLife, the term is generally used to describe the encompassing gestalt: a collection of individuals and covert operations which can be spread across a wide geographic range, the archetypal example probably being the vast array of illicit transactions which occurred in [[TheHomeFront Great Britain during World War II]]; in that particular case, it was rationed food-types which was were being bought and sold. This is often the case in fiction as well, but sometimes you will encounter a ''literal'' Black Market, a [[WelcomeToEvilMart covert shopping emporium]] complete with merchants hawking their dubious wares from established stalls. This latter type is often a subset of the BazaarOfTheBizarre, with ''everything'' for sale and the outright illegal stuff lurking around the edges.
2nd Mar '17 11:56:20 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': It's implied that Motsuc's Customization shop is part of a black market and that he is the one who sold a [[spoiler: [[SlaveCollar prison runed maid outfit]] to Tahart Ligo.]]
-->'''Basilard''': ''"Team, let's go before I get an urge to ask Motsuc where he got these items.''
-->'''Motsuc''': ''I assure you I run a legitimate business!''
18th Feb '17 1:11:09 PM Zanoni
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* If you choose to use weapons in ''VideoGame/DeathRally'', then you will visit the black market before each race. The market tends to sell items that are double edged swords, like rocket fuel that makes you go fast, but damages the your car when used.



* [[HonestJohnsDealership Crazy Redd]] in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' sells a collection of unusual items--some rare, some ordinary, with huge markups on prices. He also sells paintings, but being as this is the ''black'' market, there's no guarantee that they're the real deal, and not huge fakes. In ''New Leaf'', Redd deals exclusively in art items, but his forgeries are obvious (at least, obvious if [[GuideDangIt you have a guide]] or [[GeniusBonus are acquainted with what the equivalent real-life paintings and sculptures look like]]).

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* [[HonestJohnsDealership Crazy Redd]] in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' sells a collection of unusual items--some rare, some ordinary, with huge markups on prices. He also sells paintings, but being as this is the ''black'' market, there's no guarantee that they're the real deal, and not huge fakes. In ''New Leaf'', Redd deals exclusively in art items, but his forgeries are obvious (at least, obvious if [[GuideDangIt [[AllThereInTheManual you have a guide]] read the manual]] and [[UnconventionalLearningExperience do some research]], or if [[GeniusBonus you are acquainted with what the equivalent real-life paintings and sculptures look like]]).
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