Have tens of thousands of RMB to burn but lack the smarts to tell a real handbag from a fake? A luxury goods authentication course might be just what you need.
The 10-day course promises to teach you the ins and outs of not spending a fortune on complete crap. According to Beijing Youth Daily via ECNS, the cost of avoiding financial disaster and social humiliation is a mere 32,000 RMB ($5,364). With frequent informed shopping trips it should pay for itself in no time.
One course teacher surnamed Li, explained that the course teaches theory as well as practical training. After barely more than a week of ingesting these pearls of wisdom, students should then be experts in sniffing out knockoffs. “After finishing the course, they are now capable of recognizing 70 percent of fake luxury goods on the market,” Li said. 70 percent! Hey, that’s not failing!
And you can trust Li, because she has done her homework. She said she has spent more than 4 million RMB on luxury goods in doing her “research.”
After passing their final exams, students even get a certificate of completion, which they can then use to wave around at their friends and reprove them for buying that “Gucci” handbag from that guy in the metro.
China, land of the Terracotta Warriors andfake Sphinxes has become the world’s largest luxury consumer, accounting for almost half of the world’s luxury goods purchased in 2013. Very likely it is also the world’s largest consumer of fake goods, with counterfeits ranging from Viagra to luxury diapers to World Cup trophies to oranges.
Meanwhile as more and more mainlanders become filthy, stinking rich it has created an industry for educating them on how to at least appear more responsible and refined with exclusive courses on things like proper wine sniffing and snail-slurping etiquette.
by Alex Linder
[Image by China Daily]