The King Monopolist

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.   

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Touche'

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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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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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