Sunday, July 3, 2011

Is it just China?

Although I've focused my blog primarily on overseas printing in China, the same unfortunate phenomenon is rampant in many other developing countries such as India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Buyers beware.

I'm using the term Shanghaijacked because most of my overseas printing ventures are in China. I've also dealt with printers from other developing countries with similar results.

Lastly, not all printers in China behave badly. However, there is a very high percentage of the population that engages in this kind of unethical business practice. The likelihood of an unsuspecting print buyer running into one is definitely more than 50%.

So, no matter which developing country you may have in mind when buying overseas printing, be mentally aware that there is always many risks involved in international trading, especially with a partner in a developing country. Despite the facade put up by China during the 2008 Olympics, the 2010 World Expo, and many other financial news headlines, China remains a very "developing" country. And one of the strongest reason for that is because the population has no concept of law and order, not to mention basic morality and ethics. As the country progress as a whole, it will get better. But by then, print buyers have long moved to other developing countries because the costs in China has risen in proportion to its living standards.

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