History Main / BlackMarket

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.
speakeasies.



** 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]]).
4th Feb '17 8:00:25 AM JMQwilleran
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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. 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.)

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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 Feb '17 7:57:30 AM JMQwilleran
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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.

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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. 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.)
23rd Jan '17 12:47:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in the LeftBehind books, as Christians operate an underground co-op during the latter half of the Tribulation when the MarkOfTheBeast is in place.

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* Inverted in the LeftBehind ''Literature/LeftBehind'' books, as Christians operate an underground co-op during the latter half of the Tribulation when the MarkOfTheBeast is in place.
11th Jan '17 5:48:23 PM ElodieHiras
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* ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'' has you running LaResistance in a VichyEarth, and you can turn to the Black Market for supplies, useful gear, and personnel. Wether they are sympathetic to your efforts but lacking in resources, profiteers dealing in sales of alien alloys, power sources, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick dead bodies]], or straight up TheSyndicate that XCOM allies with out of desperation isn't made clear.
9th Jan '17 1:59:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had several episodes involving the black market.
** In "To Market, To Market", black marketeers steal vital medical supplies, the doctors must make a deal to get them back. Their contact with the underworld? Father Mulcahy!
** In the later episode "Death Takes a Holiday", [[DrJerk Winchester]] [[PetTheDog donates a substantial amount of chocolates to an orphanage]], but is outraged to learn that the chocolates intended for the orphans was instead sold on the black market, until he is told that the chocolates netted the orphanage enough money to buy food for the orphans for a month.
** In "Snap Judgment", Klinger goes to the black market (called "Little Chicago" in this episode) to try and find Hawkeye and BJ's stolen camera. He succeeds and buys it back, but gets stopped by MP's and charged with the theft.
** Another episode had Father Mulcahy and Winchester visiting black marketeers to try and negotiate for medical supplies.
* Due to ExecutiveMeddling ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' churned out a [[{{Filler}} Filler Episode]] about the black market on the Colonial fleet which was very poorly received. One common interpretation which emerged said that the market did exist, selling luxury goods, food and even people, but that none of the events involving Lee Adama and his sudden, melodramatic angst [[CanonDisContinuity actually happened.]]
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Mal and the other heroes have dealings with Badger, who runs a small black market operation on Persephone. In the movie ''Serenity'' it's Fanty and Mingo on Beaumonde. Mal and his crew often act as agents of the black market, either smuggling or stealing the illicit goods that one of the traders wants.
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'': The main villain of this SuperSentai series, Agent Aburera, is a prominent figure in a galactic black market, providing MechaMooks and equipment for any alien criminal who can meet his price, and fencing their spoils for them. In fact, he doesn't even get directly involved with the Rangers until late in the series, when their interference of his clients' plots start tanking his profits.
* The episode "One Man Band" of ''Series/TheUnusuals'' provides us with a Murder Store. Everything you need to kill someone, including the weapons and cleaning products for [[DisposingOfABody body disposal]]. You can only get in if you know the password, although every potential client used a different one, so the screening process must have been crap.
* ''Series/DadsArmy'' featured both sides of the World War 2 Black Market with the classic 'spiv' Walker selling all sorts of dodgy goods 'off the back of a truck' and the genial Jonesy quietly providing extra sausages and the like from his butcher's shop.
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': Implied to be how RJ got his morphers -- apparently, he "knew a guy who knew a guy who had an uncle". How else is a guy running a pizza shop who isn't a rocket scientist going to get some of those?!
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had several episodes involving the black market.
** In "To Market, To Market", black marketeers steal vital medical supplies, the doctors must make a deal to get them back. Their contact with the underworld? Father Mulcahy!
** In the later episode "Death Takes a Holiday", [[DrJerk Winchester]] [[PetTheDog donates a substantial amount of chocolates to an orphanage]], but is outraged to learn that the chocolates intended for the orphans was instead sold on the black market, until he is told that the chocolates netted the orphanage enough money to buy food for the orphans for a month.
** In "Snap Judgment", Klinger goes to the black market (called "Little Chicago" in this episode) to try and find Hawkeye and BJ's stolen camera. He succeeds and buys it back, but gets stopped by MP's and charged with the theft.
** Another episode had Father Mulcahy and Winchester visiting black marketeers to try and negotiate for medical supplies.
* Due to ExecutiveMeddling ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' churned out a [[{{Filler}} Filler Episode]] about the black market on the Colonial fleet which was very poorly received. One common interpretation which emerged said that the market did exist, selling luxury goods, food and even people, but that none of the events involving Lee Adama and his sudden, melodramatic angst [[CanonDisContinuity actually happened.]]
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Mal and the other heroes have dealings with Badger, who runs a small black market operation on Persephone. In the movie ''Serenity'' it's Fanty and Mingo on Beaumonde. Mal and his crew often act as agents of the black market, either smuggling or stealing the illicit goods that one of the traders wants.
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'': The main villain of this SuperSentai series, Agent Aburera, is a prominent figure in a galactic black market, providing MechaMooks and equipment for any alien criminal who can meet his price, and fencing their spoils for them. In fact, he doesn't even get directly involved with the Rangers until late in the series, when their interference of his clients' plots start tanking his profits.
* The episode "One Man Band" of ''Series/TheUnusuals'' provides us with a Murder Store. Everything you need to kill someone, including the weapons and cleaning products for [[DisposingOfABody body disposal]]. You can only get in if you know the password, although every potential client used a different one, so the screening process must have been crap.
* ''Series/DadsArmy'' featured both sides of the World War 2 Black Market with the classic 'spiv' Walker selling all sorts of dodgy goods 'off the back of a truck' and the genial Jonesy quietly providing extra sausages and the like from his butcher's shop.
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': Implied to be how RJ got his morphers -- apparently, he "knew a guy who knew a guy who had an uncle". How else is a guy running a pizza shop who isn't a rocket scientist going to get some of those?!
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