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Xiaomi New Tagline ‘It Wasn’t Me’- Xiaomi Slammed by Chinese TV for Deceit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 5, 2014


This business model is common in China. They frequently fail to take responsibility for their poor quality and or problems they cause.

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ChXiaomi was recently slammed by China’s CCTV investigators for deceiving customers about the mAh capacity of its battery banks. A good percentage of the banks had less than the 5200 mAh claimed. According to Chinese officials, Xiaomi had knowingly mislead customers and sold them an inferior product.

Such things happen and consumers can be forgiving, as long as they are convinced that their needs are being addressed and the issue rectified. Xiaomi, it would seem, does not take such a course of action. In fact, what is troubling, however, was Xiaomi’s ‘it wasn’t me’ response to the allegations. In what seems to be Xiaomi’s modus operandi in light of bad news, they initially deny and then stall while gauging the fallout instead of being forthright.

In this case, Xiaomi claimed that the problem was that the Chinese testing body had not actually tested genuine Xiaomi units, but fakes. They went…

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2 Responses to “Xiaomi New Tagline ‘It Wasn’t Me’- Xiaomi Slammed by Chinese TV for Deceit”

  1. cheeseburger said

    “Xiaomi’s ‘it wasn’t me’ response to the allegations. In what seems to be Xiaomi’s modus operandi in light of bad news, they initially deny and then stall while gauging the fallout instead of being forthright.”

    this behaviour applies to all chinese as a whole: kids, “women”, “men” of china. student, wife, business partner, chinese “friend”. “it wasn’t me” is the coward’s and rat’s excuse.

    • I th their cowardice is what allowed them to thrive for so long. For example, when the Japanese invaded them, Chinese ‘soldiers’ would take off their uniforms, walk away and pretend they had nothing to do with the war. Rather than manning up, they allowed their women to be attacked and land stolen.

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