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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by chanchan05 View Post
It's the Chinese prioritizing local companies, increasing tax for imported products.
I think that might come into it a bit. However I'm sure it's mostly price gouging by the non-Chinese phone-makers, just like what the designer luxury product companies do, e.g. Gucci and Prada. When it comes to TVs and computers, non-Chinese ones like Samsungs, HPs, Dells, are not really any more expensive than the TCLs, Konkas and the ChangHongs.

What phone you've got can be a status symbol here, just like the brand of cigarettes you might smoke in China. A Samsung, HTC or an Apple phone can actually be real luxury for most.

BTW some of my friends and colleagues seemed rather surprised that I bought a Chinese Lenovo phone, rather than a Korean Samsung Galaxy S2, at almost three times the price. TBH I think the Lenovo phone I got is actually better made than the Galaxy S it replaced, which I always thought was rather plasticity and slippery IMO. Certainly better suited for me here, mainly due to dual-SIM and an extended capacity battery as standard.
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