so then are you saying there are breeders exploiting the foreign markets -- huge mark up -- just go to the pedigree data base and it seems as if the majority of advertisers in the classifieds are Czech/ Slovak dogs . Who would be left to breed for the Slovakian market ?
why not buy from a British breeder with essentially the same genetics?
Not exactly again but this is going quite off topic
Basically sellers are always exploiting buyers and buyers are always exploiting sellers, this creates an equilibrium called the current price. And there are segments of these markets that can become separated from each other. There are people who for some reason don't produce for export. They might not want the hassle, lack skills (language, organisational or IT), be concerned about the puppies transported as cargo (not too many of the cocerned ones though imo
) or have other reasons. This produce a local market with local prices and sometimes local quality (better or worse than avg.) as the interaction between this and other segments of the market is limited.
Someone who sells a pup for $10000 (not misleading the buyer!!) is exploiting the market and not the buyer, the equlibrium is at that price on that market segment. Someone buying the same dog on a different market segment for £250 is not exploiting the breeder but the market, there is simply equilibrium at that price on that market segment.
The concept of arbitrage is based on these facts too (although most market are too effective to make money this way... hmm... thinking about it now, the GSD market could be a good place for arbitrage
To be honest I do not like how the system, capitalism and markets work... but one thing is for sure: you have to play according to its rules whether you want or not. It's not sellers/buyers failure but a system fault...