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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Man sells canned fresh air in China. Welcome to yuppie capitalism, comrades

By Tim Stanley World Last updated: January 29th, 2013

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This is a story that shows how deliriously capitalist China has become (for good and bad). Rapid industrialisation has covered northern China in a dense pea soup of toxic chemicals. In the past, the old fashioned communist solution might have been either to ignore the problem or, if people insist on dying, organise the entire country in a “popular war on bourgeois toxins.” But in a post-Mao order, how does China’s elite deal with pollution? Yuppie consumerism.

Chen Guangbiao, an entrepreneur worth $740 million (how, why, and would he like to meet my daughters?) has started selling cans of fresh air for people to crack open and suck in. They go for 5 yuan each and, according to one report, they come with atmospheric flavours including “pristine Tibet, post-industrial Taiwan and revolutionary Yan'an.” Presumably the “pristine Tibet” can smells ever so slightly of gunpowder.

The story tells us two things. First, the price of China’s rapid development is that it now has to cope with the same problems that beset the already developed world. It’s good, because it means people are getting richer. But it’s bad because it means the country is experiencing what London went through in the 1950s as the industrial landscape coughs up its blackened lungs. According to the BBC, Beijing has reported air quality readings that show pollutants present at 20 times the recommended limits; visibility has been reduced and residents have been advised to stay indoors. Prosperity creates its own kinds of poverty.

But the story also suggests that the response of China’s new middle class is to ape the indulgent lifestyle consumerism of their Western counterparts. The cans of air are partly being sold as a way of promoting environmentalism, although no one has pointed out that the manufacture and disposal of all the cans used in the process will, itself, contribute towards China’s pollution. But Chen also seems deadly serious about the profitability of selling cans of basically nothing to his countrymen. In an interview last year, he explained the process for canning the air thus:

Chen said the air is put into pull-tag cans he invented, with a chip in each can. The air is not compressed – he said his staff need only swing their hands three times to push the air into the can. When there is enough air, the chip will make the cap close automatically.

So, in short, some bloke stands on a mountain, waves a can about, takes it to market and sells it for money. And aside from fooling the buyer in to thinking that they're helping to keep China clean, what are the benefits? According to Chen, “Open the can and three deep breaths will allow you to have a good mood and a clear mind.” In the West, such vague nonsense would probably get you hauled before the advertising standards people. But China is still in the early, naive stages of consumerism. We've all been there. It won’t be long before we see Clive Sinclair’s C5 buzzing through Beijing’s busy streets, and dreamcatchers hanging in Tiananmen Square.

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Employees of Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao's company give away cans of fresh air to pedestrians near a street on a hazy day in central Beijing, January 30, 2013. China's foulest fortnight for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by a Chinese multimillionaire with a streak of showmanship who is raising the alarm by selling canned fresh air. Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business and is a high-profile philanthropist, on Wednesday handed out soda pop-sized cans of air, purportedly from far-flung and pristine regions of China, from Xinjiang in the far northwest to Taiwan off China's southeast coast. Reuters/Barry Huang

Source : http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/ti...lism-comrades/
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http://www.odditycentral.com/funny/c...vironment.html

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- Employees :http://imgur.com/DeDTEqc
- Cans : http://imgur.com/9jFL4Az
- Hum it's tasty :http://imgur.com/kM4W5TL

The price is $0.80 :shock or 5 Yuan (CYN)

Here is what you can buy with 10 Yuan (CYN) :

- 21 eggs, 5 cucumbers, 63 kumquats, 7 apples, 5 subway tickets or 7 tomatoes at the current price level.

Source : http://english.jschina.com.cn/TodayJ.../t971227.shtml
I am sure I could make a fortune selling swiss-quality or himalayan fresh air in China and in the most polluted cities around the world (Purity of air = 99%).

Chinese will actually buy anything if well marketed and westernized.

Or water ice-creams from Antartica or Himalaya (unpolluted and pure)

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have this idea of selling water ice-creams too.
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Do you have other business ideas ?
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Lorax. Watch it, and you will know where it got the idea from.
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Just you watch people will be selling bottled water next.
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Lorax. Watch it, and you will know where it got the idea from.
Nope. They got it from Mel Brooks "Spaceballs".
Which is what makes this even funnier.
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Kinda of like when you open a bag of chips and it's more like a bag of air
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Hmmmm....Hmmm? Hmmmmm....
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What I come away from this is, what the hell is a cumquat?
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