Need a suggestion

by Volker Weber

I have been asked to review "gear you can't buy here" for an American publication. However, I have trouble coming up with something interesting you cannot buy in the US, but which is available from the Internet. It has to be business-related.

Any ideas, folks?

Comments

Anything Cuban.

Fuel efficient cars ;-)

Probably some laptop in Japan, I think Fujitsu has a new super small model not available in the US.

Carl Tyler, 2007-05-30

Oh region free DVD players are much easier to get in the rest of the world.

Carl Tyler, 2007-05-30

Mmm, was going to say Tivo until you mentioned it needed to be for business. As of June 15th (or whenever) we could add the iPhone, but I guess that is more of a consumer device too.

Plenty of American autos you can't buy here, but 1) that probably doesn't fit their remit, and 2) is actually a great thing if you have ever tried to driver American cars on Europeans roads ;-)

Sorry, struggling on this one...

Stuart McIntyre, 2007-05-30

Stuart, the other way around. Stuff you cannot buy in the United States.

Volker Weber, 2007-05-30

Decent beer.

Cuban rum.

You may as well enjoy your review... ;-)

Philip Storry, 2007-05-30

Ooops - I read "gear you can't buy here" and made an assumption! Sorry ;-)

Stuart McIntyre, 2007-05-30

That's easy. Pretty much any cool cell phone.


Nokia makes this really easy.

http://www.nokia.com (Global site)
http://www.nokiausa.com (As the name implies, Nokia's us web site)

For the European market, I suggest the U.K. website. Pretty much everything the mainland has. However, use France as another check.

Henry

Henry Ferlauto, 2007-05-30

Misc. other things....

The TubeStick by Equinux
http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tubestick/index.html

The cool Macintosh related magazines (e.g. iCreate) that Barnes & Noble carries here for a cool $15 an issue. Do they really sell over there, or this is just a neat marketing gimic?

The Land Rover Defender
http://www.landrover.co.uk/gb/en/Vehicles/Defender07/Defender_overview.htm

The many global variations of the Toyota Land Cruiser
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Land_Cruiser

Any car from Alfa Romeo

Apple iTunes sites of other countries

American Express RED card (U.K.)
http://www.americanexpress.com/pes/uk/benefits/red/microsite/index.shtml

Henry Ferlauto, 2007-05-30

A politician with a brain.

Richard Schwartz, 2007-05-30

Richard, are you suggesting bribary? Buying a politician? And then even one with a brain??? Tststs.....

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-05-30

@Ragnar - he was being ironic. We all know there's no such thing...

Chris Linfoot, 2007-05-30

A politician with a brain.

I wish we had one of those in Germany, when it comes to IT-related lawmaking.

Hanno Zulla, 2007-05-30

@Hanno, why do you limit this to IT-related lawmaking?

Frank Stangenberg, 2007-05-30

An original "Budweiser" beer. :-)))

Hynek Kobelka, 2007-05-30

@Hynek: You can actually buy it, just under a different name. Thet even have it in my local liquor store on the corner...

Becuse of trademark disputes between Budějovický Budvar and Anheuser-Busch, Budvar is sold in the United States under the label "Czechvar".
From Wikipedia

Karl-Henry Martinsson, 2007-05-30

Überraschungseier, aber Online habe ich die auch noch nicht gekauft.

Joerg Rafflenbeul, 2007-05-30

@Hynek and Karl-Henry: Beer ... work-related ... ??? dunno ... hmpf.

How about ISDN (infrastructure)? Not sure about ISDN in the U.S. though. I kind of remember that there was something like that in the early days of ISDN, but I never came across ISDN anywhere in the U.S.

Stefan Heinz, 2007-05-30

DVB-T
Cellular Phones with Mobile-TV
Plant oil 'upgraded' cars
Books by Michael Moore (I have not seen his books in no borders shop I checked)

Gregory Engels, 2007-05-30

If you consider cars as "business related", you obviously have to test the new "smart" city car which will come to the US in a few months I think.

Johannes Wilms, 2007-05-30

Continuing the transportation theme, you could compare and contrast the railroad systems of Europe vs. North America.

Henry Ferlauto, 2007-05-30

I was thinking about the railroad angle... the regional commuter rail system here in Chicago is still so archaic that you cannot purchase a ticket from a machine, cannot use a credit card/debit card to buy a ticket, can't even buy a ticket at certain stations. I'm sure Europeans just laugh at the backwards nature of this system.

Ed Brill, 2007-05-30

Tea? A lot of business is done over a good cuppa...

Armin Grewe, 2007-05-30

@ Ed - Wow! Send the Metra and CTA folks to New York. The NYC MTA is starting to test RFID credit cards for the subway so you don't even have to swipe any longer.

Present day, we can swipe and go in the subway, and pay for any rail ticket (commuter rail or subway) with a credit card. In fact, because there are now kiosks at every single commuter railroad station the penalty for purchasing tickets on the train has been increased from $2 all the way to $5.

http://www.mta.info

Henry Ferlauto, 2007-05-31

@Henry

Maybe MTA should check out Japan where it is very common to have these tickets for subways and railroads. There are also mobile phones available which support this and include an additional "portable wallet" which you can use for paying at stores. As this started in different areas independently there is now the process to make various systems compatible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suica

Bernd Schuster, 2007-05-31

How about looking at banking in the USA vs. here? I think the Americans still pay most bills by cheque, whereas in Europe in most countries, pretty well everything is either paid automatically by direct debit (Lastschift) or by an online funds transfer. The security mechanisms for online banking are also implemented differently in the different countries - does the USA use HBCI for internet banking? I don't think so?

John Keys, 2007-05-31

Try to get DVD-Ram the quality sold in Japan, and you get reallxy odd looks in radio shack... I hear, in Japan nobody would really trust their data to a DVD+/-R...

Armin Roth, 2007-06-01

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