“Love Babyâ€ is a babyâ€™s toys and cloths store. â€œBaby Loveâ€ is their competitor which also carries the similar baby stuffs. A store manager at â€œLove Babyâ€ told me wherever they open store, â€œBaby Loveâ€ opens at the next door.
I see this type of business in China a lot.
My Nokia cell phone did not turn on, so we took it to a Nokia repair shop this weekend. We arrived there by taxi. Our taxi driver did not know where is the shop so we were looking around and we saw a â€œNokiaâ€ sign. I had no doubt the Nokia repair shop is at the corner. We went in and had a repair guy to check. My cell phone need to replace software. It would take only a half hour. Akiva was sleeping on Jesseâ€™s arms. We decided to hang around at the store. There was a magazine stand outside of the shop. I went out to buy a Jesseâ€™s favorite Chinese magazine â€œFHMâ€ (usually he reads it in the train to go to Shanghai and learns new pick up lines or Chinese dirty jokes). Unfortunately the stand did not carry the magazine. Jesse came out from the repair shop too and pointed out the next door, said this is the Nokia! The both shops look the same, but when I am far enough I get to see the sign above the shop. One shop said San Ming electric shop on top of the Nokia logo.
We went back in the shop and asked the manager what differences. The manager said they provide the same quality services and products as next door Nokia authorized service center but cheaper. My cell phone is older than a year and out of warranty. There is at least an hour waiting line at Nokia authorized service center.
My cell phone was repaired at the not authorized repair shop. So far it is working fine. This time we saved some money and time (I guess). However I have to watch out Chinese business trick.