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Monday, August 14, 2006

Beware!! Buying cell phones from Walmart could land you in jail!!!!!

Police found about 1,000 cell phones in the men's minivan. Authorities have not said what they believe the men intended to do with the phones, most of which were prepaid TracFones. But the police chief in Caro, Mich., where they were arrested, said cell phones can be used as detonators, and prosecutors in a similar case in Ohio have said that TracFones are often used by terrorists because they are not traceable. Odeh said the men were buying the phones to sell to a man in Dallas for a profit of about $5 per phone. She said they were in Michigan because so many people in the Dallas area are doing the same thing that the phones are often sold out.
This is not illegal, Actually I learned this from a Jewish dealer up in New York.
Ok people I'm gonna let you in on a cellphone business trade secret here. Most prepaid cellphone business depends on volume, the margin is low but with a large volume people make good money. Let's do the math; If I make $5 a phone then if I can sell 1000 phones that's $5000 in my pocket, mostly wholesale business. Walmart works on smaller margin while relying on high volume, Walmart makes it's own special deals with all their suppliers specially Wireless companies. Walmart would go to T-mobile and say I want to be able to make 10% profit only, so I want you to sell me this phone for $30.50 and in return Walmart sells it for $34.95 something. Well, all other dealers direct and indirect can not strike such a deal with T-Mobile because simply we can not match Walmart volume sales. So, if I want to buy that same phone (Nokia 6010) that Walmart gets it for $30.50 I have to pay $79.99 for it buying it from my master dealer or from my supplier. Now, if I buy it from Walmart for $35 who cares about commission I will make my money from price difference and once I sell it for $79.99 I would double my money. Here is a link to show you the price of Nokia6010 at WALMART PRICE ( $26.32) T-MOBILE WEBSITE PRICE ($99) FREE WITH A CONTRACT. Cellphone wholesale business is all over the states and there are thousands of phones being bought and sold from state to state. What those dealers did in Michigan is legal 100% their only crime is that they are from a Middle Eastern origin.


Anonymous said...

You are correct. They were arrested because they were Middle Eastern, and this caused a lot of suspicion about what they might try to do with all those cell phones.

Americans are slowly shedding their reluctance to profile based on racial or ethnic origin.

It appears that Britain has already reached the logical conclusion that they must profile based on religious affiliation as well (see link below).

It is sad, but necessary in these dangerous times.

Hamzeh N. said...

Man this is really becoming religious persecution here in the US.

I'm afraid the worst is yet to come.

PALFORCE said...


I hate to say but it is getting that way, I have alot of friends who have been here even longer than I am (over 20 years) that are migrating back home.


Anonymous said...

If checking why these men felt the need to have 1,000 pre-paid cell phones could save lives, then I have no problem with the police questioning them. As our laws state, to purchase a pre-paid cell phone, one does not have to show ID and these phones can often not be tracked. Their conduct was suspicious and should be looked into. If they are innocent Americans (and they ARE until proven guilty) they won't have a problem! The fact remains that the group of people who want to kill Americans right now, consists mostly of a certain people. Very, very few Muslims are terrorists, however, the majority of the terrorists wanting to kill Americans are Muslim (not all, I know, before anyone gets angry- we have "homegrown" terrorists as well; i.e. Timothy McVeigh). As an American, I want anyone who has suspicious behavior to be checked out. Thank God that the British authorities checked out those 23 people last week!!