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Amazon.com has joined list of China panderers?

 
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teacher4life



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:58 pm    Post subject: Amazon.com has joined list of China panderers? Reply with quote

If you are in Taiwan, your Amazon.com homepage will now state "Shopping from China?" at the top. (As far as I know this is a recent development, but maybe it has been there for a while and I haven't noticed.)

Just a subtle little nod to China by Amazon, but if all the big companies start doing it, watch out!
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Under the One-China Policy don't the folks in Taipei claim to be the legit government of China anyways? Unless and until Taiwan declares independence, I think calling the Republic of China "Taiwan" in the first place could be construed as pandering to Anglo-Saxon sensibilities, with our beliefs that international politics should be nice and neat, with no more and no less than one entity per territory.

~Q
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teacher4life



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qaaolchoura wrote:
Under the One-China Policy don't the folks in Taipei claim to be the legit government of China anyways? Unless and until Taiwan declares independence, I think calling the Republic of China "Taiwan" in the first place could be construed as pandering to Anglo-Saxon sensibilities, with our beliefs that international politics should be nice and neat, with no more and no less than one entity per territory.

~Q


Nope, you are off by a factor of mega-lightyears.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

teacher4life wrote:

Nope, you are off by a factor of mega-lightyears.

OK, then please englighten me.

~Q
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teacher4life



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

read your own link, especially "Viewpoints within Taiwan". Very Happy
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do_japan



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until they put up a title that says "Shopping from the PRC?", I wouldn't get offended about it.
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teacher4life



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, it takes you straight to Amazon.cn

Couldn't be more explicit.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

teacher4life wrote:
Nope, it takes you straight to Amazon.cn

Couldn't be more explicit.

And Amazon.ie takes you straight to Amazon.co.uk, though I doubt the company's pandering to British sensibilities.
Is it possible that it's merely an attempt to reduce overhead by having one site for both sides of the strait?

~Q
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teacher4life



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qaaolchoura wrote:
teacher4life wrote:
Nope, it takes you straight to Amazon.cn

Couldn't be more explicit.

And Amazon.ie takes you straight to Amazon.co.uk, though I doubt the company's pandering to British sensibilities.
Is it possible that it's merely an attempt to reduce overhead by having one site for both sides of the strait?

~Q


Hmmm...worth looking into. I'm skeptical though because the site uses simplified characters. I'd have to start a new, seperate account, but maybe if I entered a Taiwanese address it would be kinder and more understanding.
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creztor



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it says "Shopping from China?" with a question mark. That doesn't state I am in China. There is no local Taiwan Amazon, at least that I am aware of. No conspiracy theory here, sorry.
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Javelin of Radiance



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

creztor wrote:
For me it says "Shopping from China?" with a question mark. That doesn't state I am in China. There is no local Taiwan Amazon, at least that I am aware of. No conspiracy theory here, sorry.

You're right, there is no amazon.tw site. Using Amazon from a Taiwanese IP address probably defaults to amazon.cn because Taiwan and the Mainland share a common language - Chinese. Amazon shoppers in Latin America are probably taken directly to amazon.es for the same reason.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=487250

Those who think there's a big conspiracy here can rest easy and put their tin foil hats back in the box.
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teacher4life



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well then, I shall put away the tinfoil hat for another day....but stay vigliant!
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ncaraway



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What annoys me most are the ecommerce sites that list Taiwan as "Taiwan, Province of China".
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