Chinese workers love to use the phrase ¨cha bu duo¨ 差不多 (pronounced “Cha Boo Daul) which directly translates to ¨not very far off (meaning approximately or roughly)¨ Unfortunately, in almost all case it usually works out to be not even close, in other words, “cha tai duo” (meaning way too far off). Workers see no need for […]
When buying Chinese antique reproduction wood furniture balancing cost verses quality is always a concern. Here we examine some of the differences and the effect amount paid will have on the selling price.
Having just returned from the Shanghai furniture show, here are my impressions of the Ningbo/Shanghai factories: Woods – (minus) The southern woods are definitely a poor substitute for the better ones from the North. One easy way to clearly feel the difference is to pick up one of those tall swoop-topped wooden stools that everyone sells. […]