No I am not talking about the tax we pay on income. I am referring to the unofficial, unspoken "tax" that is slapped onto everything we buy. From water to housing.
I don't know how my Chinese friends really feel about this but honestly I have to say it that it is really not a nice thing to do to people just because we are visiting your country.
Just about everyday for 8 years I have had to complain to store owners or the vendors that the price on what i buy(cigarettes, red tea or sth) is not the price they ask.
How much do you pay for 1 bottle of coke a cola? Most people told me 2.5 yuan but in my experience it has been 3 rmb for some time.
Don't get me wrong folks, I can't say everyone here is out to stick it to the foreigners but a lot of them are.
I am highly displeased with this type of treatment. I find it to be really unfair and totally disrespectful.
Housing is another problem. I pay close attention to ganji.com or 58.com and do plenty of 'window shopping' at the "real estate agents" a.k.a. theives, and notice the current market prices and evaluate markets within different areas.
My current fang dong is trying to phuck with me by telling me:
1. the "new washing machine" that won't bring water in(haha new?) should be paid for by me. which is a load of shit because I have a student who is friends with the seniors of the company who made the machine and they said the only way that would happen is after 5000 hours of use. Well, i don't think Ive used a washing machine for 5000 hours in one year.
2. he is trying to up the rent in my home only because he knows i am a foreigner and after watching the market in my area for several months, I can see that just about everything here has gone down in prices.
from rentals to purchases, not much has increased at all.
Just to keep ranting, thank you very much, I have been kind enough to tolerate such immature business practices for 8 years. Now I have had enough of it.
if you think that a foreigner should pay more, let me ask you this...
our salaries are higher?
Does that mean if you got a job that pays you 2-3 times of what you are making today that you would expect yourself to pay more for housing? no i don't think so.
You guys happen to have some benefit of being local. and many companies give their local staff housing or allowances for housing.
We hardly ever get this. There are not even many places that we can ever work at.
How many different industries can a foreigner work at in China? not many.
So to any business person, rental agent, street vendor.
If you think that by taking advantage of a visitor in China is profitable. You are narrow minded and unkind because the image you leave in his/her mind is that many, NOT ALL, many people who do business with foreigners in China are just very dishonest.
You really should be ashamed of yourself. With such bad business practices it is no wonder that you and your business will never flourish.
and no, I am not finished with this.