12-Volt: Transshipping & Gray Market Goods
Transshipping goods and the existence of a gray market are controversial topics in the aftermarket car electronics business. It proves convoluted when you peel back the layers of the onion in open discussion. Many industry folks paint both topics as the same thing or with a broad brush that blames Internet sales, when they are different scenarios for different stakeholders.
To clarify the difference between terminology:
Transshipping is defined as the shipment of goods to an intermediate destination, then to yet another destination that is unauthorized. In the case of aftermarket car electronics, it often means a large quantity of product shipped to an authorized dealer, then elsewhere and sold to consumers through that unauthorized secondary point of shipment.