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I'm sure there is a large demand for the local moneylenders and loan-sharks. Borrowing money from the regular state owned banks can be quite difficult for much of the peasantry and proletariat.
Wonder if that's a Tumblr issue, the sub button was working. Can one add a Facebook like or share button to a Tumblr blog? I've not seen a FB button in any of the templates that are available.

Dammit those green bottles made me want a beer!
post #17 of 28
I don't think there is such a thing as a top-end Chinese shoemaker. Affluent Chinese like to buy foreign merchandise, particularly British, French or Italian. Ferragamo seems to be doing rather well here.
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Clarks' China site features a "made in England" line here, http://www.clarks.com.cn/minisite/madeinengland/#/product/1 .
I checked Clarks' UK and USA sites and didn't see the same line at either. Clarks closed its last UK-based factory in 2005 I recall. Anyone know who's making these "handmade in England" shoes?

I know about Clarks closing their last Somerset factory a few years ago, because I was living in the West Country at the time. Brands like Clarks will often emphasise their own country and heritage in their advertising and promotions here in China. MG Cars do the same, and that's not even a British brand any more, it's Chinese.

BTW I never even though of Clarks doing high-end shoes. It was always a High Street brand in the UK, Clarks shoes is what we all wore to school.
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I don't think there is such a thing as a top-end Chinese shoemaker. Affluent Chinese like to buy foreign merchandise, particularly British, French or Italian. Ferragamo seems to be doing rather well here.
I know about Clarks closing their last Somerset factory a few years ago, because I was living in the West Country at the time. Brands like Clarks will often emphasise their own country and heritage in their advertising and promotions here in China. MG Cars do the same, and that's not even a British brand any more, it's Chinese.
BTW I never even though of Clarks doing high-end shoes. It was always a High Street brand in the UK, Clarks shoes is what we all wore to school.

Makes sense.

Wow, pretty soon we'll be buying Chinese cars and treating all other cars with contempt.
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Dammit those green bottles made me want a beer!

Yeh, go and have a weak Tsingtao on me...ganbei !!! biggrin.gif
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Makes sense.
Wow, pretty soon we'll be buying Chinese cars and treating all other cars with contempt.

We used to laugh at Japanese cars, we don't now.
We used to laugh at Korean cars, we don't now.
We laugh at Chinese cars.....
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Yeh, go and have a weak Tsingtao on me...ganbei !!! biggrin.gif

hahaha
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We used to laugh at Japanese cars, we don't now.
We used to laugh at Korean cars, we don't now.
We laugh at Chinese cars.....

I still laugh at Japanese and Korean cars. I think people who buy them here in Canada are idiots. I drive a Lincoln MKX made right here in Ontario.
post #23 of 28
Sean, Pediwear carries a brand that is Chinese called Kangnai. I have no experience with them but they look better than the Chinese shoes I see here in the states.
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I still laugh at Japanese and Korean cars. I think people who buy them here in Canada are idiots. I drive a Lincoln MKX made right here in Ontario.

A lot of those 'foreign' cars are made in North America. Toyota has plants all over the US, at least.

And I'm sure the people rolling past the snowbank you're stuck in with Subarus think you're the idiot. Or the people driving a Toyota with 50k more miles on it than your Lincoln will ever reach.

Until very recently, most US cars were junk compared to a lot of foreign makes.
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I still laugh at Japanese and Korean cars. I think people who buy them here in Canada are idiots. I drive a Lincoln MKX made right here in Ontario.

They love Lincoln branded cars here, made in China of course. Ford has a huge presence in China, as does GM and Chrysler. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai etc, they all have plants all over the world, Car making is very much a global business these days.
Edited by MikeDT - 5/12/12 at 10:34pm
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A lot of those 'foreign' cars are made in North America. Toyota has plants all over the US, at least.

In Ontario to.

Buick is the closest thing to a Canadian make left. Even to make that claim takes a lot of imagination.

Lincoln is about as foreign has it gets from the Cdn view point.

I see quite a few Chinese pickups/SUVs. Seem on par with Lincolns. Aren't aimed at people who can afford better but not everybody cares.
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A lot of those 'foreign' cars are made in North America. Toyota has plants all over the US, at least.
And I'm sure the people rolling past the snowbank you're stuck in with Subarus think you're the idiot. Or the people driving a Toyota with 50k more miles on it than your Lincoln will ever reach.
Until very recently, most US cars were junk compared to a lot of foreign makes.

Indeed...I'm quite sure the bad old days of quickly rusting imported Datsun Bluebirds and Toyota Corollas and are long gone. smile.gif

Many British cars where really junk as well. ahem...British Leyland. I was working for British Telecom in the late 80s early 90s, they where using Austin Rover(British Leyland) at the time, they where awful vehicles, gutless, noisy, uncomfortable, often breaking down. BT then switched to Ford for its fleet vehicles, and things got much better. But now there are no really British cars as such these days. What British marques that remain, tend to be foreign owned, e.g. Shanghai Auto with MG, Morris and Rover, Tata Motors with Jaguar and Land Rover.

Made in China by a Chinese car maker...
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Edited by MikeDT - 5/12/12 at 10:32pm
post #28 of 28
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They love Lincoln branded cars here, made in China of course. Ford has a huge presence in China, as does GM and Chrysler. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai etc, they all have plants all over the world, Car making is very much a global business these days.

Funny you did not mention the Chinese joint venture VWs that are all over the place...
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