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Old 03-25-2018, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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It's MC's usual late blend of fiction and fact(oids), about how an immensely wealthy and unstoppable Japan was going to buy the whole US. I suggest that a few global word changes and some light edits would make it appeal to a whole new generation fearing the "yellow peril."
Don't overlook the fact that China is a larger population, resource, productivity and market mass than Japan, by more then a whole order of magnitude. That's more than a "light edit".
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Old 03-25-2018, 06:49 PM
 
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ebay is cheaper for same items - but try returning anything. Amazon return=click the button. Print return label. Well worth few bucks difference.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: la la land
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From what I've read there are no plans for Lazada to be available in the US, I don't care it's probably just more chinese junk that you can already get through AliExpress, DHgate and a few others. I've ordered a few things and gotten better prices than through Amazon or Ebay but the problem is that unless they have a US warehouse you can't be quite sure 'when' you will get it, and if you need to return it you might as well forget it, it seems like postage from China to the US costs pennies but can be several dollars returning it to China.
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Old 03-26-2018, 03:46 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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This is not about whether Alibaba is better now. It is about whether they have the potential clout to someday just acquire Amazon, as they did with Lazada. Alibaba could then become, the big player in the whole world, to the extent that Amazon is essentially the only game in the USA market today.

I don't know how important return policy is. I've ordered several dozen things from Amazon, EBay and Lazada. Ive never even considered returning any item, although there were some that were disappointing and a couple completely useless. But I don't bother taking anything back to Walmart, either. If I make a bad purchase, I blow it off and consider that Im ahead in the long run, shopping for their low prices.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:52 AM
 
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It's MC's usual late blend of fiction and fact(oids), about how an immensely wealthy and unstoppable Japan was going to buy the whole US. I suggest that a few global word changes and some light edits would make it appeal to a whole new generation fearing the "yellow peril."
Yep I remember the yellow peril was so bad in the 80s that lots of people were enrolled in Japanese language classes to better enable handling a future world economy with our Japanese masters. These days a Japanese language class is usually filled with anime geeks into tentacle porn.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Yep I remember the yellow peril was so bad in the 80s that lots of people were enrolled in Japanese language classes to better enable handling a future world economy with our Japanese masters. These days a Japanese language class is usually filled with anime geeks into tentacle porn.
That was pretty much the start of his paranoia/CT era, which peaked with State of Fear. Weird guy.

RS had a huge technical error that broke a major plot twist. Cracked me up.
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Yep I remember the yellow peril was so bad in the 80s that lots of people were enrolled in Japanese language classes to better enable handling a future world economy with our Japanese masters. These days a Japanese language class is usually filled with anime geeks into tentacle porn.
That always happens. In the 1950s, Russian was one of only four foreign languages offered at my university. Now, there are some elementary schools that are Mandarin immersion.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:43 AM
 
Location: 5,400 feet
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This is not about whether Alibaba is better now. It is about whether they have the potential clout to someday just acquire Amazon, as they did with Lazada. Alibaba could then become, the big player in the whole world, to the extent that Amazon is essentially the only game in the USA market today.
Should Alibaba attempt to acquire Amazon, I expect that the acquisition would be stopped by the Feds. Then there would be litigation for the rest of my life. Today, Amazon's market value is about 50% higher than Alababa. Today, Amazon has over 40% of the e-retail business in the US.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:48 AM
 
Location: la la land
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I bought something from Ali Express (the retail store of Alibaba) and was surprised when it listed four countries it could ship from, one was the US, I ordered it on Tuesday it arrived on Friday.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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I wouldn't trust anything from Alibaba or Ali Express. For one reason they sell artist's stolen intellectual property. I am a stamper/scrapbooker and their sites are full of stamps and dies that are obvious rip-offs of legitimate companies dies and selling for about 10% of the retail prices. I suspect that the original artist doesn't get a cent from these sales. Don't believe me.....check out these 2 sites:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Teapot-tea-party-metal-die-cutting-create-decoration-Embossing-Scrapbooking-steel-Craft-Dies-cuts-Stamps-paper/32844308124.html?ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb 201602_3_10152_10065_10151_10344_10068_5722918_101 30_10324_10342_5722818_10547_10325_10343_10546_103 40_10341_10548_5722618_10545_10697_10696_10084_100 83_10618_10307_5722718_10059_5723015_10534_308_100 031_10103_5722518_441_10624_10623_10622_10621_1062 0,searchweb201603_68,ppcSwitch_5&algo_expid=9ce22e 80-6705-474c-b296-5b97b1619d26-12&algo_pvid=9ce22e80-6705-474c-b296-5b97b1619d26&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

(MFT products are made in the USA, so these don't come from any China factories....they are stolen designs)

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