economics of shipping from China
Not a comment about phones (or this particular one) per se, but it just struck me to wonder about how shipping costs from China don't mount up to make goods unaffordably expensive? Sure, the old man has bought printer ink and various dodads on ebay and the costs haven't been prohibitive, but my own experiences of buying direct from Korea have incurred significant costs (even before import duty).
I understand that for shipping to be economical, the carrier has to be able to carry stuff on both legs of the journey. There was a time that they could get away with filling the holds with opium on the return leg, but what does the UK/Europe have to offer that's anything better than ballast these days?