The world is getting flatter everyday, today I had a very good experience buying a HP Laser printer and setting up and Amazon account on their Chinese portal.
Buying on Amazon is such a relief as buying something in China in a shop is always a bargaining game that never ends, getting the price down 40% to 60% is very normal but takes time and patience. I am not always in the mood for this and that’s when you get abused also with some much fake products in the shops you never know if you bargain on the real thing or some imitation model. I trust Amazon so when I buy a brand I assume I get the real thing and not some imitation. I got the tip buying on Amazon China from some other Chinese guys working in my office they buy almost everything online. Next week we have a trade show and they were buying dress shirts.
Amazon China is a the Amazon site dedicated to the Chinese market they offer the site only in Mandarin so a foreigner who doesn’t read or write Chinese this becomes a bit of an issue. Thanks to Google Chrome automatic translation I was able to set up an Amazon account and got my printer ordered and shipped to our new office in Beijing within minutes. A good bonus is that you can easy set up your account with an American or European Credit Card.
Featured image thanks to Doug Johnson