Wow, I was really shocked when I read about this. According to China Central Television (CCTV), Singapore luxury furniture retailer Da Vinci might be deceiving its customers about the origin of its products. Da Vinci’s products are all listed as being “Made in Italy”. But according to a CCTV’s report, some of their products were made in China, send to Italy and re-imported back to China so that they can obtain an “import certificate”.
If you understand Mandarin and have 24 minutes to spare, check out the 2 YouTube videos below.
PS: I think the male presentator is pretty good. He pointed out several interesting points.
It is interesting to note that Da Vinci’s founder Dr Doris Phua won several Entrepreneur Awards in the early 2000s. If the accusations are false, I hope they would be able to clear their name as soon as possible. But if the accusations are true, then it would be a disgrace to the local entrepreneur scene.
Not sure if you notice, but most of the people are complaining that Da Vinci is deceiving them about the origin of the furniture. Not many of them are complaining about the quality of the furniture. Which is weird. Which is more important? Origin of the product or the quality of the product. It’s funny that most of the people care about the origin than the quality. To me, it’s the quality that matters most. If the quality is good, I don’t care if it is made in China or Italy.
Well, if the origin of the product is so important, then here’s my suggestion. Set up a factory in Italy. Hire cheap labour from China and send them to Italy to work in the factory. Continue to use low quality material for the furniture. That should solve most of the problems since people care more about the origin and less about the quality. Right?
Hmmmm…… Something is not right here.