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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