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Archive for August 4th, 2011

China Faking IKEA Stores- WTF

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2011

Most of you probably do not know this but the word “China” is Chinese for
“give me your stuff and I’ll shamelessly copy it”. Living up to their name, they have copied everything from drugs to cars and now whole stores. They have “Chinese Apple” stores and now ever knock off IKEA’s.
WTF are these people inventing on their own?
Story here

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Death By 1000 Cuts in China-Warning Graphic Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2011

china death by 1000 cuts

All countries have bad and good and this is part of china’s bad. It’s called death by 1000 cuts and the photo is from here. The idea was to kill a person with 1000 cuts while they were alive, saving the last cut to kill them. It sounds barbaric and is, but in all honesty about 1000 years ago they were not so bad. For instance a son could take the place of his father to receive a punishment and if mitigating circumstances warranted it, people were shown leniency; it was probably better back then.

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MmmcDonalds in China- Chinese Shanzhai Mickey D’s

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2011

Photo from the mirror.co.uk

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Interesting Article on China and Fake Brands

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2011

This article explains four reasons why Chinese copy western brands. The author talks about four things including a communist history with weak brands, a short term outlook etc.

One thing he does not address, however, is the lack of trust and cachet in Chinese made products. For instance, when I go back home all of my colleagues ask me to buy them thins, (if I offer, they are very polite and unimposing) but one thing they all ask me is to bring them things made ABC anywhere but China. They say that they prefer foreign brands for whatever reason.

In addition, polls show that between 50-70% of Chinese do not trust Chinese made goods. this is hardly surprising given the scandals and lack of concern for humanity that many chinese producers seem to exhibit.

Also, as Chinese do not innovate, they have no cachet. Near Wanda there are several large stores with Chinese made goods and for the most part, their styles suck. They have these ‘waifish’ looking skirts that went out with snow white and her pals who were as tall as your typical male from southern china. Those who buy that stuff look quite foolish. Thus the chinese either buy local and run the risk of poisoning themselves and or looking as if they’d stepped out of a Dickens novel.

But one of the biggest things may be the Malinche factor. Malinchismo is from Mexico and is a term to show that anything from a foreign company is better than anything made in their own country. The reasons are historical and can be found here.

But I have seen this more in China than Mexico or any other place I have been to and done business. Although these people are crazy nationalists and call Japanese devils, if they have the cash, they’ll be tugging on the steering wheel of a Toyota over a chinese made chery any day. In addition, I have seen them scoff at the Eben eren locally made tablet PC and call it an Apple knockoff when in reality it diverges quite a bit from an IPAD. They tend to humiliate those of their brethren who cannot afford foreign goods or choose to buy locally.

photo from offbeatearth.com

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Another Day Another High Speed Rail Problem in China-

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 4, 2011

On Monday there were more mishaps for China’s “high speed when they are working and not when they suffer from malfunctions and/or crashes”. On two separate lines they had system problems resulting in backups, delays and panicking passengers.
The line now called the ‘widow maker’, the one that runs through Wenzhou, stalled and passengers panicked, probably thrust themselves from window etc. And the Beijing to Shanghai line also had problems. (article here)
In reality is anyone shocked? This is China and things here should not move faster than the slowest land mammal, to ensure their safety. My question is how stupid are those dumbasses from California who recently visited China to look at the rail system. yeah, there was a big time fk off of a meeting all paid for by uncle chicom to bring some governmental officials from Cali to marvel at the high speed rail system here. My question is, when those officials come to China do they opt for just the hand job, or do they go for the full monty? (story here)china s shitty rail system

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