Originally Posted by cylack
How ironic that a Chinese company is suing a US company for alleged Intellectual Property violation/theft when their entire citizenry has no regard for US IP rights when it comes to movies, music, books, etc.
And how ironic that your most likely lack of education and understanding of foreign cultures and economic state of other countries led you to make such blanket accusations.
citizenry?" -- this reveals that you do not understand or lack a full grasp of the meaning of certain words. English is not my native tongue, so when I am in doubt, I go online. You may indeed learn a lesson, if you take the time to look up and understand the differences among the words -- some, few, many, majority, most, entire, everybody, anybody, etc. or even the correct usage of citizenry,
You may not be aware of this but we Americans owe many Chinese people, a great amount of money, And, they also own quite a bit of America, as well as other countries of the world. And so many of these Chinese may not even consider your standard of luxury and aesthetics tp be good enough for them. Not all the one billion of them but more than you ever have grasp from your understanding of other cultures and peoples of the world.
It is possible also that you might have missed many classes in math, or just too lazy intellectually to grasp the power of numbers. But, it is not too late.
Take the number one (1) billion [a number with nine zeros, after the "one"] and attach to that the term Chinese people in China (not in the entire world). Do the simple math of sequentially multiply with 1 percent to 10 percent.
That is the potential market that Apple understands could be tapped for its products, nothwithstanding the accusation by Apple haters that Apple products are overpriced.
Do you even read the papers or get online? Or even Apple Insider? If you do, and grasp them. Why do you think Apple in the US were investigated for "supposed discrimination" against Asians who were perceived to be too poor to afford Apple products? The reality is that "some", perhaps even "many" but not the "entire" Asian customers visiting the Apple stores in New York, New Jersey, and other large cities could afford Apple products. And yet, they visit Apple stores and buy them, sometimes two (I believe the imposed limit) and pay cash. I did not make this up, there were newspaper articles documenting this practice based from personal accounts. Quite a number of these Apple iPhone and iPad buyers actually claim that they could make a decent living doing that, earning $50-100 a day -- not bad for the homeless or unemployed. It beats asking for a dollar from pedestrians.
The same was observed in many stores in China where Apple products were sold, prompting Apple to close the store in Beijing(???) for a brief period during the recent iPad and iPhone introduction. These purchases do not even take into account, those purchased in Hongkongs, and in other metro areas in Asia.
The "profesional buyers" of Apple products are part of an unofficial market that attempt to quence the thirst of tens of thousands, if not millions soon who want to buy "authentic" Apple products.
Yes, rampant consumption is very much alive in China and other countries in Asia. And some have the extra money to spend for such luxury items. Many are even willing to pay premium price to be among the first to have such Apple products. Also, if you looked at the pictures of the customers of Apple stores in China, many of them are young people, most likely students and your usual aberage workers, but understand and appreciate the value of Apple products, not just as status symbol. More than likely, many of them do not belong to the upper 10% or let alone the upper 1% of the population.
Among the upper 1% it is not unusual that they give away for free last year's consumer products -- to their foreign domestic help -- to give room for the new products that they want to buy. The domestic helpers would then bring these giveaways to their home countries, like the Philippines and some other Asian countries. I should know this because my home country is in Asia where many Chinese live. I have not been to China myself but I have a number of relatives who either live, work or regularly visit China. I have also interacted with many Chinese since I was young.
One last thing, if a Chinese perceives you to be honest and responsible, (s)he will not hesitate to lend you money or goods, without any collateral or contract. Just the tacit understand that you keep your word. If by any chance, disaster has visited you, they may even consider delaying payment. And, if they consider you to be trustworthy after prolonged interaction, they may even the door for you and introduce you to other Chinese business people,
This practice among Chinese is not limited to just the wealthy among them, but even average storeowners. Again, these about Chinese obsevatins and perceptionsare based from personal experience and those of my family, as well as quite a number of the people I know in the community where I lived when I was young.
Such generosity I encountered also, when I was a student in Baltimore, and the places where I lived in other parts of the US.
If there is any lesson to be learned from this, we Americans should not make blanket assumptions about a country and a people, unless we really took the time to know them and their culture. It just shows the arrogance that go along with the ignorance among some