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    Captured this while relaxing at the balcony...

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    Went to subang parade to replenish my bubbles inventory..

    Saw this big sale in Parkson .. look at the price difference..

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    Don't look at the price difference but the profit margin. Do you think they will sell at a loss? Think again just like cars offers huge discount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    Don't look at the price difference but the profit margin. Do you think they will sell at a loss? Think again just like cars offers huge discount.
    Not really, they already made $$$ on this old item. Maybe only last 2 or 3.

    Spring cleaning the store

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    Don't look at the price difference but the profit margin. Do you think they will sell at a loss?

    As you correctly pointed out, merchants still make money even after a huge discount. I did not buy, just curious of the price discount. It is a 70% reduction from original RM990.

    I think is good to look at things in a simplistic way. If there are things that one need/want/interested and within affordability, just buy... no need to concern/bother how much profit the merchant had made. If the item happens to be on sale, it is a bonus...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    Think again just like cars offers huge discount.
    For car, they don't make good margin from unit sale, they make much better margin from parts and service sale. The discount on car price is to increase service and parts sales, and clear old stocks.

    Although nowadays, most OEM are offering free service for 1st 5 years or 1st 100,000km, the FOC item is only for scheduled maintenance consumable like engine oil, transmission oil, etc, wear and tear item like brake pad is not free. Similarly for labour charge, it is only FOC for scheduled maintenance not for labour charge on wear and tear items. They will charge labour fee even for changing wiper blade !!

    The price discount on car sale that public get is normally the standard discount for corporate. What I mean is such discount is a standard offer when they sell to corporate because corporate purchase is normally a bigger volume. For example, the entry level 3 series (318i), list price on BMW brochure is RM205k but a local bank can buy at RM192k as company car for their eligible employee.
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    This is the best holiday guide book that I have ever read. The depth of details, the quality of the photos, the insight knowledge of the author from history to culture are truly a class above..

    This is about Chengdu and Shangri-la in Sichuan.

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    The author is 余秋雨..

    Some of his background written in English. .
    https://paper-republic.org/authors/yu-qiuyu/

    " Born in 1946 in China's Zhejiang province, after graduating from the literature department of the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1968, Yu became the youngest art professor in mainland Chinese history at age 39 in 1985, causing a great stir at the time. Later, he became the head of Shanghai Theater Academy and published a series of academic works for which he received numerous national awards.

    Although successful in his academic career, Yu felt he need to focus on Chinese culture and began a journey across China, visiting most of the cultural heritage sites in the country. His ensuing publication, "A Bitter Journey Through Culture," became a huge hit immediately following its first publication in 1992. The book became a cultural icon for Chinese readers, and his reflections on Chinese culture and his emotional writing style popularized a new literary style called the "cultural meditation essay" and a new phenomenon termed “YU Qiuyu culture”.

    Yu then embarked on another journey to visit the cradles of three great civilizations of the world. In 1999, Yu, along with Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV, visited a dozen countries, including Greece, Egypt, Israel and India. His travel notes and personal reflections of these civilizations were collected into another book called " A Sigh Of a Thousand Years." In the six months after that, he traveled to another 26 countries on his own and completed his book "Travel No End."

    In 2004, he was selected by Beijing University and China Talent Editorial as one of the top ten artistic talents of China and the representative of Chinese culture. In 2005, he was the only Chinese scholar invited to attend UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Forum. His book tours in Taiwan in 2005 attracted thousands of readers and the Taiwan media described his arrival as ‘the unimaginable YU Qiuyu tornado.” In recent years, he has been invited to lecture on Chinese culture and world civilization at prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Yale University, University of Madrid and Washington Congress Library. "
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    I like this month....

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    Unlike last time, people who wanted to write an article about a place - the scenery, the culture, the history, the weather, the people, etc would have to live at that place for months or even for year. By doing so, they can write a unique write-up based on their living experience there and their own unique discoveries of the place..

    Nowadays, with the convenience of Internet, anyone can pretend they know a place by browsing the Internet..


    http://www.star2.com/travel/asia-oce...anese-temples/
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    Just saw in SBS News.

    Out of about 10,500 applications for emigration to Japan, only 28 were approved or 0.27%

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    Japan is one of the most homogenous countries in the world, they don't welcome "aliens “ in their society. Even the aborigines like Rykyuan and Ainu are treated as separate group of the society, and often discriminated. You can see many Ainus in Hokkaido especially at the lakes area.

    Even half Japanese don't get full respect when it comes to "being Japanese." They will be called hafu and rarely referred to as Japanese. I know, I have friend who is a hafu..

    The foreigners who became citizens are mostly Koreans and Chinese ... and those 2nd and 3rd generation of Peruvian Japanese and Brazilian Japanese who returned to Japan. Btw, I was told the beautiful and leggy Japanese actresses in the 90s are mostly the descendant of Koreans, and that’s why they have nice pair of leg...
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