I thought it might be interesting to take a stroll down a side street of
Jingdezhen (Ching-te-Chen), the porcelain city (center) in China. The
link below gives a preview. It doesn't matter if your browser can't display
Chinese fonts, it's the images you want to see. Remember, this
is just one side street to the city.
You will see thousands of porcelains offered for sale. These are the
same pieces that are now flooding e`Bay, making their way to all parts of
the world. We've all seen them, seller is from China, only 99
cents, 268 dollars shipping, private auction, huge letters and giant
images scrolling down the screen which takes forever to load. Aside from
authentic looking whole pieces, they also manufacture shards, looking
as if they were products from an excavation. There is no limit to the market
of the faker.
It's actually sad when you think of it. It's just poor people trying
make a living to support their families. They are very talented and work
very hard to produce such beautiful products. Their main customers
are a little better off, further up the ladder. They have computers
and schooling enough to sell them to the rest of the world. To the delight
of unsuspecting buyers. To the delight of e`Bay as well.
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