The King Monopolist

by on June 22, 2008 at 7:44 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

At the "Silk Market" in Beijing you can buy high quality goods from "Chanel," "Gucci," "Ralph Lauren" and just about any other famous brand.  Prices are very, very low ;).  But there is one brand that no one copies and for which you must pay full price – the 2008 Olympics brand.  It’s not good to offend the King monopolist.   

1 Enrique June 22, 2008 at 8:16 am


PS: Though I generally favor the trend in “privatization” (forpurely instrumental reasons), I have been really put off by the crass commercialism of the olympics

2 joao June 22, 2008 at 11:17 am

I wouldn’t call it high quality… The watches stop suddenly, and the pullovers get weird really fast.

3 Venkat June 22, 2008 at 11:57 am

Reminds me of Bangkok’s DVD pirate industry. You can find copies of just about any hollywood movie or TV show there but never a Thai movie.

4 ElamBend June 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Kind of like gambling in [most of] the U.S.

5 rogue June 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm

In the same way, you’re not likely to buy fake Chanel or Gucci if you happen to work for Chanel or Gucci…

6 wz June 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Yes, those brands are so much more expensive in China than in the US. Alex
should really also visit those real stuff stores to see their prices.

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9 TheZapp February 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

So they sell the products cheap excluding the “emperor’s brand”… This is something funny, but maybe they know that breaking the unwritten law will hurt their business… But anyway, nowadays you can find lots of cheap stuff online so what’s the rush?

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