Definition of grey market in English:

grey market

(US gray market)


  • 1An unofficial market in goods that have not been obtained from an official supplier.

    ‘you can easily get these phones on the grey market’
    as modifier ‘grey-market imports flooded the country to meet demand’
    • ‘Out of concern about gray market and price-cutting activities, the company will no longer allow its gear to be sold on the Net.’
    • ‘More than half a million mobile phones bought in Britain have disappeared overseas to be re-sold on the grey market.’
    • ‘We can assure people who bought consoles on the grey market that we're not going to be going after them.’
    • ‘A six-week investigation by BusinessWeek found a thriving gray market in professional-grade hair-care goods.’
    • ‘Distribution also is a factor, as there may be a gray market of secondary distributors.’
    • ‘The theft highlights the growing grey market for mobile phones.’
    • ‘Supermarkets were preparing to flood hundreds of British stores with cut-price designer goods bought on the grey market.’
    • ‘Grey markets exist where companies maintain differential pricing.’
    • ‘The sole purpose of such restrictive distribution is to charge punters more money than would be otherwise possible in a grey market.’
    • ‘They sell second-hand parts either to computer assemblers in the grey market or to buyers directly at the weekly Sunday bazaar.’
    1. 1.1Stock Market The buying and selling of securities before they are officially issued on the stock market.
      ‘the company recently sold for $2.75 a share on the grey market’
      • ‘In recent months, unlisted high-technology companies have been the focus of the grey market's investors.’
      • ‘Shares in the co-operative, which has a 14.8 million euro turnover, have been trading in a grey market for close to 40 euros a share.’
      • ‘The firm started its investor roadshow last week and will launch its shares on the grey market from May 8.’
      • ‘Shares in the grey market are trading at the lower end of the float range.’
      • ‘The so-called 'grey market' thus offers the prospect of above-average long-term earnings growth.’