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[June 20, 2014]

Chatterbox [Global Times]

(Global Times Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Online retailer JD.com launched a sale Wednesday for its 11th anniversary. To promote the sale, the website went as far as to advertise it on the big screen in New York's Times Square. The sale features lotteries and cash prizes until Friday, said Liu Qiangdong, CEO of JD.com Inc, who personally delivered some packages to customers in Beijing for the sale.Meanwhile, other online retailers such as tmall.com, gome.com.cn and dangdang.com held their own sales this month to steal some of JD.com's thunder. However, the retailers' scramble for market share has left many consumers with shopping fatigue. "I'm tired of these online retailers' publicity stunts. I don't think I have ever gotten any real benefit from these sales, so I don't have much enthusiasm for them anymore," one consumer commented. "I bought two pieces of clothing, but I don't think they were any cheaper than usual," another shopper said.During last year's November 11 online mega sale, an office worker surnamed Zhao said she purchased 37 items and saved more than 1,900 yuan ($305). But she did not buy anything on June 18. Zhao said she didn't have much interest in the recent sale because she didn't plan to buy anything expensive. The money she saved last year was due to her good luck. JD.com has boasted that it is offering discounts on more than 2.73 million products, including 1.4 million items whose prices have never been lower. At the same time, however, the prices on more than 880,000 items are at an all-time high.From jfdaily.comFrom the thread "Novel products and services for the World Cup"Since the World Cup started last week, people have noticed that online vendors have been promoting a growing number of products and services for the fans of the event, such as wake-up calls, adult diapers and sleep masks.Many people have been complaining online about sleeping through matches, which start in the early morning in China, even though they have set their alarm clocks. In response, some entrepreneurs have started wake-up call services, with prices ranging from 1 yuan and 100 yuan. One of the entrepreneurs, a college student, said she started the service because she was already awake at night watching the World Cup matches. Products have turned out to be more lucrative. There is a snack called freaky, spicy chicken wings that has gained some notoriety because they are apparently so spicy that they can jolt someone back to a state of wakefulness.Another product, a pair of wireless 3D glasses, supposedly allow football fans to watch matches without disturbing their families. From eastday.com (c) 2014 Global Times. All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).


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