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A Da Vinci Scam? Decoding China’s Fascination With Foreign Goods

China’s CCTV recently exposed a company called Da Vinci Furniture for putting fake “foreign-made” labels on its domestically-manufactured goods. The case says as much about Chinese consumer habits as it does about the questionable ethics of a single compa

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Zhang Zixing

Hundreds of thousands of Renminbi (RMB) for a chair. A few million for a leather sofa. These are typical prices -- equivalent to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars --- of items sold by Da Vinci Furniture, a Chinese company that claims to sell foreign brands of luxury furniture, and in particular furniture from Italy.

But now, the company's claims are under scrutiny, as the Chinese television network CCTV says it has decoded the real origins of Da Vinci's goods. According to CCTV, Da Vinci's foreign-made labels are fakes. The furniture is actually manufactured on Chinese soil, but routed through a Bonded Logistics Zone to give it the appearance of coming in from abroad.

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