It's hard to believe but spy gadgets and surveillance equipment are fast becoming the hottest selling items on the internet.
With more and more citizens arming them against an increasingly intrusive world the demand for video equipment and listening devices as well as personal security items (pepper spray, etc.) is growing daily.
Millions of dollars worth of these types of devices are sold annually worldwide with the majority of it being purchased by individual citizens.
This in itself is a major shift for an industry that used to make most of its money from corporate buyers.
This change has major implications for ecommerce, especially those people who make their money reselling spy and surveillance gadgets on eBay or on their own online ecommerce store.
So what caused such a sea-change and what items are selling the best?
And how is it that something that can cause so much trouble with Johnny law can be so profitable?
Lets take a look.
A Tool For Every Reason
Spy gadgets can be classified into many categories. The first is monitoring equipment (surveillance) which usually includes cameras or recorders of some description.
* Closed circuit television
* Conceived stationary cameras
* Covert video cameras
* Peephole cameras
* Audio bugs
* Telephone taps
* Key loggers
These items are used to monitor an employee's or contractor's performance, follow up on a cheating family member, or take a video in places that you technically should not.
The most commonly used of these are the so called "nanny cams" that can be hidden in a host of things including functioning clock radios and even teddy bears.
Cameras have become so miniaturized that they can be hidden in literally hundreds of places through a living space.
Tiny stationary cameras are concealed in wick and fluid style lighters to ink pens for that real 007 feel.
Peephole cameras allow home owners to see and record who is outside their door.
Audio bugs and telephone taps allow to enhance and record conversations covertly.
These devices are used by law enforcement, private investigators and the general public to ensure safety and privacy.
Obviously, Filming people in intimate moments or having surveillance equipment secretly mounted in a public bathroom is generally frowned upon by the authorities
So be sure to convey to your customers that videotaping or recording audio is seriously illegal without the consent of all parties involved.
** Tracking And Blocking Devices
Another category is tracking and communication devices. Some of the merchandise available for this purpose include:
* GSM tracker
* GPS tracking
* Radio frequency jammer
* Cell phone jammer
* GPS jammer
We are all aware of GPS technology and its applications, whether it be for open, or more secretive reasons, but did you know that many of these same applications work for the GSM cell phone?
GSM trackers essentially take the functionality of the GPS tracker and put it into a SIM card increasing the options available to you for tracking.
For those worried about the use of GPS trackers or spy cameras around in their area there are options as well, those options are jammers.
There are a wide range of jammers available filling either counter-surveillance or nuisance prevention purposes.
Some of the functions include radio frequency jammers that prevent wireless spy cams from working to GPS jammers that prevent any GPS trackers from following you to cell phone jammers that stop important meetings from being interrupted by personal calls there is a jammer for every purpose.
Some concerns have recently been raised in connection with the use of the different types of jammers listed here involving public safety and national security issues.
While GPS jamming devices are manufactured to be effective against civil use GPS signals only (C / A code) the prevailing sentiment is that use of these devices may interfere with public transportation and military redundancies.
This poses a very real threat to things such as navigation and GPS guided weapons systems.
Similar concerns have also been associated with RF and cell phone jamming technology.
** Public Safety Devices
Some things people have to 'protect' themselves can sometimes fall afoul of the law.
These, are usually designed to make people feel safer venturing out into the big bad world and include:
* Pepper spray
While many a citizen owns a taser or pepper spray for personal protection most districts have at least some restrictions on taser possession ranging from voltage limits to outright illegality.
Pepper spray use for citizens in many countries can get people into just as much trouble as tasers.
** Cool Toys
These products sometimes serve little function outside the boundaries of their professional scope, but that does not stop them being any less fun. These devices include:
* Lock pick sets
While it can be argued that pen lasers are used for presentations and can do little damage there are lasers out there that can do more than show a spot on the wall. To that respect lasers above a certain mW strength are authorized for government use only and will be designated if used in the hands of a 'civil'.
And while it might be 'cool' to own a set of lock picks, unless you're part of a lock picking group, or you're a professional locksmith, it's probably better not to have them.
How Do You Cover Yourself Legally?
Be careful to cover yourself as far as international shipping is concerned. Make it clear in your ad copy that some or all of the merchandise that you offer may be illegal to posses.
State in no uncertain terms that the buyer is solely responsible for any customs issues that may arise.
Also remember them that you sell your product for legal purposes only.
Having done this you are now ready to sell spy gadgets and security equipment. The market and potential profit margin is truly unlimited.