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Sale of China-made goods dips in Madhya Pradesh

Date: 10-09-2020
Subject: Sale of China-made goods dips in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Market experts believe that the India-China stand-off on the border and the call for boycott of Chinese goods has started having an impact on people’s choice in buying products. But there are still sectors, where there is no alternative to Chinese products and people can't help but buy them. 

President of Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, Santosh Agrawal, said, “I would reckon share of Chinese products' sale in Bhopal market must have reduced by 30% to 50%. But, there are products like mobiles and electronic goods, which are not being made in India and if you buy a Japanese product, it will be too expensive for a middle-class person. So, here he has little choice. Otherwise, if you see online sales, purchase of Chinese goods has gone down considerably.People are not booking order with the Chinese companies is also one major reason for it, but people are deliberately shunning Chinese goods,” he said.

Mobiles, the one consumer item in which China has no challenge in the Indian market, continues to attract Indian youths despite widespread anti-Chinese sentiments. While a section of traders dealing in the sale of mobiles say it's because there is no competition for Chinese brands, there is another section which says that all popular Chinese brands in the mobile market are being “made in India” and therefore they are not Chinese anymore. 

“See, all the brands which you are calling Chinese brands have ‘Made in India’ engraved on their packs. How can you call them Chinese now?” said an executive at one of the biggest mobile-selling showrooms in Bhopal. 

“Mobiles, which sell the most, are priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 16,000. And in this segment, there are at least four to five Chinese brands, which are still popular though prices have gone up considerably after mobile was bracketed with goods attracting 18% GST in place of 12% as it used to be earlier,” said owner of Vickey's Gallery in Bittan Market. 

However, a section of citizens believes that the manner in which people bought Ganesh idols made of soil in place of China-made POP idols shows that people are preferring Indian goods even if they cost a little more. 

“You must have seen this year, Ganesh idols made by Indian potters sold much more than POP Ganesh idols from China, which used to sell a lot in previous years,” said Jai Prakash Sharma, when asked whether the call for boycott of Chinese goods had any impact on the market. 

But, he said that Ganesh festival was not publicly celebrated. During the Durga festival, when pandals will be there, it would be interesting to see whether lighting used to decorate the pandals is China-made or Indian. 


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