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The table for largest black markets is a bit dubious for various reasons. To begin with, the size of these markets are extremely hard to estimate, as they are black markets. But as a simple "sanity-check" estimate, there is no way that the market for software piracy is about the same as the market for smuggled cigarettes. A single pirated copy of Windows, for example, retails for hundreds of dollars. Are there really ~10 CARTONS of cigs smuggled for every pirated copy of Windows? Not to mention much more expensive software (Photoshop, CAD programs, MATLAB, Mathematica, etc.)...More to the point, though; the only source listed gives a 404 error. If no other sources can be produced it should be removed.--188.8.131.52 (talk) 05:48, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
I think the table is adequate for this article. If you actually click on the sources (I'm not getting a 404 error), you won't need to do a simple "sanity-check" and see what is being reported. The source says that 600 billion cigarettes are sold illegally each year, or up to 11 percent of all cigarettes sold. Unless there is another source that you find that agrees with your sanity check estimate, then it should remain. The sources state what is reported, not what we think the size of a black market is. Evanmcmike (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 21:17, 7 July 2010 (UTC).
Since the Black market is a special case of an "underground economy", I think it would be most useful to Change the subject heading from Black market to Underground economy and then allow a separate section to discuss issues pertaining specifically to black markets. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kgelfman (talk • contribs) 16:52, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
It's quite unbelievable that Wikipedia doesn't have an article on the black economy = underground economy. It is not at all the same thing as the black market and it should not be redirected to that article.
This article plagiarizes one of its sources and surreptitiously changes "underground economy" to "black market" to fit this article's confusion between these different concepts. --
I have a feeling you're an agorist. Fellow agorist here. The black-market fits within the underground economy right next to grey-markets. 12:04, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
There is a suggestion on the wiki page that the article on the 'informal sector' be merged with 'the black market'. I think this is a good idea, however, given that the term 'Informal Sector' is gaining international currency (it's the term which most formal institutions use) I would suggest that the 'Black Market' be nested under it. Same applies to 'underground economy' which I'd say is also a common or slang term for the informal sector. Mitrarose (talk) 09:19, 22 March 2012 (UTC)
oppose I wrote some of the current lede. If someone is willing to do the work, on the general principle of deploring folk terms when internationally accepted alternatives appear would support a merge. However Informal Sector is much larger, both in current fact and principle, than what is generally associated with "black market" as general economic activity outside of the "official" economy . Guess I oppose merge for that reason and because OTOH, at this time, this is probably the most important/noteworthy part of that sector. So should be section there linking main here and probably is so. Also there's an OR issue in Wikipedia making a determination of the distinction or lack thereof between the two. I only wrote the 1st ¶. Suggest links at top of each to the other and leave it at that for now. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 02:00, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
oppose Since both are very much different. Some sectors are menial like running local shops, small scale farming, handicrafts etc so that they won't pay taxes. Not that they are deliberately evading tax and running a parallel economy. Please remove the merge suggestion template from the page Informal sector ASAP. Aravind V R (talk) 11:29, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
oppose Black market is just one aspect of the informal sector. Datu Dong (talk) 15:16, 14 June 2012 (UTC)
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