>>3468428>On this, HK and China have a fundamentally different view on selling complete garbage at large prices than most of the west does.
I wanted to emphasise this as well, especially for China. It also extends to the way they do business in general, with manufacturing supplies, industrial equipment etc. .
The contract, item description, etc. shouldn't be your first indicator about the quality of the product, but the price should.
In the west, if you signed a contract for the purchase of some products at a price well below market value, you made a good deal and you can expect to get the specified products at the below-market-value price.
In China, they'll substitute the products for ones of lesser quality (i.e. not how they were described), to much the price you pay. In their mind that's still fair, cause no matter what the contract says, you still got your money's worth and you were not "cheated". Actually, *they* would be getting cheated if they gave you products that are worth more for a smaller price, regardless of what the contract says. Usually a westerner will always press and push for a "deal" at a lower price, so they'll just say yes and sign the contract and proceed to give you a lesser product in accordance to what you paid.
This is a different mentality (not necessarily unfair, in its own way), and it's crucial to keep this in mind when dealing with them. Many a laowai got prematurely happy to close an "amazing" deal only to receive shitty products reflecting the price they paid, making it a "meh" deal if not a bad one.