Linked by KLU9 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 09:22 UTC
Apple Every year on World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), government-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) broadcasts a special report (in Chinese) damning companies for abusing Chinese consumers. This year the targets included Apple. Apple was accused of giving Chinese consumers worse service than customers in other countries, specifically of giving them replacements that included cases from their old phone, while customers in the UK would get a 100% new product.
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RE: Pricing in China
by KLU9 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 13:44 UTC in reply to "Pricing in China"
KLU9
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2006-12-06

Many items cost significantly more in China than outside, due not only to taxes but also a prestige premium that people are willing to pay for certain brands just for being that brand. e.g. 83% more for a Starbucks coffee in China than US.

This infographic shows some factors that account for the price premium in China.

http://www.east-west-connect.com/china-foreign-brand-prices

(although that graphic includes baby milk formula in the Netherlands, which I believe is subsidised by the government... which has led to yet another problem http://www.tealeafnation.com/2013/03/from-one-hub-a-view-of-chinas-... )

EDIT: I made a mistake about teh infographic, corrected.

Edited 2013-03-18 13:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Pricing in China
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Mar 2013 21:02 in reply to "RE: Pricing in China"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

That's interesting. Although, China has a reputation for grey market goods. How much does that factor in? From what I understand, fake apparel is par for the course there.

Obviously, a lot more difficult to fake a Jeep, than a watch. So Jeeps probably aren't faked.

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RE[3]: Pricing in China
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 19th Mar 2013 15:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Pricing in China"
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2008-06-02

Obviously, a lot more difficult to fake a Jeep, than a watch. So Jeeps probably aren't faked.


You'd be surprised.

http://acidcow.com/cars/1945-fake-chinese-car-brands-32-pics.html

Of course, they still have a long way to go to match the volume of China's largest exports: spam, internet scams, and website attacks.

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