@donc and @JENGOSMonkey I looked it up on US Amazon and then on UK Amazon Prime. Next day delivery (free) - and only £30 - so less than $50. Not sure if you can buy from UK cos postage would go up, but a third of the price for identical object ?
Someone is making a profit. Or - and I'm guessing - the collar is made here and the long delivery time suggests it would be mailed from here.
Maybe I should go in to business ?
There's a cheaper GPS collar now on Amazon with good ratings. Might get it. Sport Dog is well known for quality collars of all sorts. It's owned by PetSafe which makes cheaper versions of some of the collars, like electric fence collars, bark collars, etc. (Not wading into the debate on the use of those, ha!)
Tractive LTE GPS Dog Tracker - Location & Activity Tracker for Dogs with Unlimited Range (Newest Model), White (TRNJAWH)
@sanjibasenji The Tractive is interesting. @DonC's definitely costs more; both the entry price and the subscription cost. But, I like how small, light weight, and low profile it is. And, according to Fi's website they claim their battery life while in "Lost Dog Mode" is 2 days vs Tractive's 6.5 hours. I'm still working on recall with both of mine. They're getting better, but I'm still not comfortable turning them loose outside of a fenced area. Far too much traffic where I live. It also amazes me how many county, state, and national parks prohibit dogs on trails whether on-leash or off. We've found a few, but not many.
many county, state, and national parks prohibit dogs
Do a Google Maps search of your area and see if there are any forest areas. Sometimes there are large parcels that remain natural, unused areas for future developments and such. Just an idea. Most of our local State Parks allow dogs on leads. Most of the dog owners that go allow their dogs to run free and carry the leash. Yes, I'm publicly admitting that I use "discretion" for "some" rules.
I agree entirely. I firmly believe in "no leash" walks, runs, bike rides, but only in woods and parks far from traffic (unless one has a very reliably trained dog, which very few do, and even then, maybe not). Nothing satisfies a dog like a free roam to smell everything. Teach the dog at an early age to follow; they will by instinct anyway. When I was around ten, we had dogs and didn't do this or any training whatsoever. They stayed in a fenced in yard almost all the time. They became the kind of dog that bolts when it gets the chance and will run away. But a dog that gets lots of practice following, and gets leash heel training too, and recall training, won't do that. They'll follow when they see you're moving away. And if one trains enough, they'll come when you call them.
Mine get two long walks a day. We work on recall on long leads daily. They get one long walk if we go to the dog park where they can run free. It's a huge fenced park. I work on recall there as well. One thing I've noticed though is that at the dog park if they somehow share Basenji brain at the same time... game over. They bolt and ears close up. Logan is good at responding to a clicker, a command to come, and a whistle... until he gets Basenji brain. And, that only seems to happen when the two of them run together. It's fun to watch. A challenge to regain attention though. I'll find the right place and time at some point. We're just not there yet.