Chinese Packaging “Sheer Genius”

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The very Chinese ingenuity with which a souvenir foodstuff has been packaged is the latest made in China product to be securing praise for its “innovative” marketing, both in China and beyond.

More examples were soon exhumed:

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Online there is some awe at the dastardly cunning seemingly exhibited by even the most humble PRC product – although even in Japan everything from games nested in gigantic boxes to bento with cunningly raised bottoms exploit similar tactics to a lesser extent, as the more fair-minded are quick to point out:

“It’s almost as if it were packaged by Amazon!”

“What a waste of genius!”

“Does it explode as well?”

“These guys only think of ways of cheating people, don’t they?”

“For a made in China product, this is actually quite an innocent example.”

“At least it isn’t poisonous.”

“At least the contents will not get damaged.”

“At least the balls aren’t hollow.”

“You’d think this would be a bit insulting to the person who was given it as a souvenir.”

“The seller, buyer, or recipient – who actually doesn’t lose face here?”

“If you can still eat it, it is OK by Chinese standards.”

“Come on, they do the same stuff in Japan. Those bento with raised bottoms you find everywhere, where about half the package is empty space.”

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“In Japan, all eroge are packaged that way:”

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“Taiwan is not to be beaten!:”

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“Japan can still top that!:

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“What about this – a $15,000 high-end Goldmund DVD player which contains a standard Pioneer DVD player:”

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“Made in China drives:”

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“More Chinese packaging:”

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“The Chinese seem to have no conception of the notion of gaining the trust of customers or actually pleasing them, do they?”

“I can’t help but think they are more interested in cheating people than they are in profits.”

“It seems they really do think this sort of thing is clever, and not just in an ironic way. The person being cheated is to blame for being stupid, and if you’re caught you can just cut and run and do the same thing with a new company.”

“The whole Chinese economy is like this. The numbers they put out bear as much relation to actuality as this box does to its contents.”

“It really is a very Chinese souvenir, isn’t it?”


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    Avatar of Castian
    Comment by Castian
    02:15 13/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Pretty much is what the videogame industry is doing as of late.
    Lot's of hype, false advertising, untold removal of features, denial of DEMO or even trailers.
    60 dollars later, you get an incomplete, downgraded, buggy, piece of shit backwards game with less content than previeous/older titles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 13/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That you have to register online and you can only install it 5 times.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    14:08 15/02/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    not to mention the DL and install of said online registration that makes your computer work harder. *cough*steam*cough*origin*

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In some cases, yes. However, a good number of games today are made well and well worth the money. I just wish that they would update the backlog of PS1 and PS2 games so that they can be played on modern non-Sony systems by allowing a sanctioned emulator.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    14:13 15/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly, sony would never sanction an emulator, plus it could kill the value of vintage games, which im not saying is a bad thing.
    the only way they would sanction one is if they could put DRM on it and force users to DL from PSN, and then they take 100% of all game sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 14/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    lets not forget that the removed features are available as on-disc-DLC, making you pay for stuff you should have gotten already in the first place

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 12/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In the end they are hurting themselves because they cannot build up a brand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 12/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    they don't need one, they change company brand/products once the previous prduct r sold out

    Comment by Anonymous

    China in itself is a Brand. See all the stuffs in Wall mart or other stores all have "made in China" Brand. So, yeah ftw China

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to genuinely make this comment.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yes, anon 21:42 your post sucked

    Avatar of Gitami
    Comment by Gitami
    02:21 13/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Why build up a brand at all when you can just sell fried chicken as KTC or KVC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 13/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Obama Fried Chicken FTW

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha I remember that one!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This has nothing to do with business regulation though, retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    China doesn't build brands, they just use everyone else's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 14/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, unfortunately for consumers, shyster businesses that do this put out a bunch of crap, sell it wholesale, change the name of their company, put out more crap, sell it wholesale, change the name of their company, put out more crap, etc...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 16/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldn't it just be easier to sell under the name of a company with a good reputation?

    Comment by Char
    01:27 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yah I'd never buy any of those brands again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You weren't going to notice which brands you buy to begin with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They learned from the best. Capitalism at work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is a problem of free markets, not capitalism.

    Despite what your American Dream(TM) propaganda might tell you, the two concepts are not tied together.

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    14:04 15/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, they try to teach you that in school, but apparently no one here has a GED.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Capitalism, Ho!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think its just the Chinese consumer hasn't had time to get picky yet :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. If I was living in China, I would demand to open the package before buying/paying to make sure I was getting what I should be getting.

    If it turned out to be a scam item, I would immediately call the police.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And the police hauls your ass to jail for destruction of property?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 14/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In that case the store clerks can refuse to service you and demand you leave the property.

    It's not their fault you refuse to read the packaging.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    besides changing company brand/products they sometimes also manage to put the blame on the importers or other people. If you want to find out more about this topic I recommended you read this book http://www.amazon.com/Poorly-Made-China-Insiders-Production/dp/0470928077/ and you find out that this kind of thing is very common.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 13/02/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Funny slanty eyes and their antics being ass pained all the time because everyone else turned their women into cum dumpster for the world.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lel look at all these butthurt downvoters

    Avatar of Shima-kun989
    Comment by Shima-kun989
    14:06 15/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they downvote so they dont have to read lame remarks made by ignorant jackasses. i actually want the 30 seconds of my life back for typing this out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 13/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Don't you understand? Along with your food product you're getting premium packaged air! A current luxury in smog-filled eastern China!

    It's a service! Service!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to mention all the paint chips and heavy metals you're not eating, assuming you had a full box of said food product..

    And of course, less food product in package means smaller blast zone when this product inevitably explodes..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brilliant. You made my day.

    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    05:15 13/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I build my own gaming rigs for myself and for clients
    and THIS is exactly why I bend over backwards to use
    only Japanese and Taiwanese drives and PSU's and any
    other component you can think of. I don't want customers coming back and complaining I sold them crap when it fails.
    BTW most of those low end brand name desk tops you buy
    come with Chinese (PRC) PSU's in them and they are
    utter garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize the parts are all made in China, right? "Made in ___" refers to site of assembly, and sometimes not even that, just site of packaging.

    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    01:37 14/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a reputable PSU manufacture of
    a certain brand name which starts with a C
    (don't want to get flagged for spam) who
    makes it a point of advertising the capacitors
    oil and otherwise and diodes etc. used in their PSU's are the highest quality Japanese and Taiwanese and not PRC manufactured ones they can get.
    Their products reliability would testify to
    that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know.... the Chinese PSU in my HP computer works pretty darn good, it's been nearly 2 years now and it's still going.

    The problem with PSU's is that a good one is expensive compared to the crap one. A good PSU with a good reputation for a gaming class PC is anywhere from 100 to 150 dollars.

    Too expensive for most for something that they never see.

    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    08:19 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes but when PSU's go they will most likely
    take the MOBO,graphics card and maybe even
    the hard drive with it.
    That's a lot of bucks on a gaming rig with
    each running about $200 to $300. So in my
    case I'll pay the $100/150 plus you usually
    get more voltage taps for multiple graphics
    cards and SSd's etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 12/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The next time I hear so dumb fuck republican say we need to deregulate business, I'll point them to this page.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then prepare for the mandatory "our businesses are not like that" speech. You can't argue with politicians. They will bury you under a mountain of fallacies until you give up or die of old age, whichever comes first.

    Comment by Char
    01:39 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    True when I see stuff like this I'm very grateful of the regulations that exist in my country.
    I think we need more regulations to stop over use of shady ingredients and dishonest mechanics.

    Avatar of hurricane567
    Comment by hurricane567
    04:06 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    over-regulation drives up costs by running up the taxes that pay the wages of the regulators. This leads to more cheating in an effort to shore up shrinking profits. At some point it becomes cheaper to bribe the regulator. Most Americans are smart enough to realize that corn flakes and potato chips are sold by weight, not volume, and don't pitch a fit when the bag is only half full, and they don't need a regulator to tell them that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Under-regulation gets us China. I think I'd rather go with over rather than under.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 14/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice false dichotomy. Arguing against deregulation is not the same thing as arguing for over-regulation. All regulation drives up costs, but without sufficient regulation, you leave room for exploitative business practices.

    You think the American public can deal with weak regulations? Then how do you explain the fact that most of their customer markets are de facto monopolies or cartels? How do you explain the low quality food they eat? How do you explain the overflow of illegal immigrants?

    If the people are apathetic, then strong regulation is a necessary evil. The economy benefits more from healthy markets than from saving on bureaucratic expenses.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The items in the post are clear examples of fraud. Nobody wants to 'deregulate' that, you libtard moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Deregulation turns fraud into "smart marketing package" when companies aren't regulated then fraud is not longer a part of the vocabulary when its no longer considered illegal dumb shit.

    Avatar of coquette
    Comment by coquette
    05:16 13/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess the concept of "Truth in Advertising" laws
    hasn't reached the PRC yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    my favorite has to be that sandwich hahaha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 18/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dat Sandwich...






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