Aston Martin Recalls Cars Due to Chinese Counterfeit Plastic

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From NetEase:

Aston Martin Recalls Over 17k Cars Due to Made in China Counterfeit Part

According to a BBC report, top British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is recalling 17,590 automobiles, the reason being to replace a counterfeit part that may cause accidents.

The luxury car maker headquartered in the UK’s Warwickshire said the sports cars in this recall are all those produced since 2007.

Aston Martin had previously discovered that a Chinese sub-supplier had been accused of using counterfeit plastic in a portion of the accelerator pedals it produced.

Aston Martin says although it has so far not received any reports of accidents, it still has worries that the accelerator pedal arm may break.

A spokesperson for the company says Aston Martin has now brought manufacture of the accelerator pedal arm back to the UK.


Among the 17,590 vehicles in this recall, 1553 are in the UK, and includes all left-hand drive Aston Martins produced after 2007 November, as well as all right-hand drive models produced after 2012 May.

The number of cars in this recall amount to 75% of all the sports cars manufactured by Aston Martin since 2007 November.

The only models not recalled are the new Vanquish sports car and Volante model.

Aston Martin’s spokesperson says their customers’ safety is very important, that replacing the accelerator pedal only requires less than an hour of time, so it is asking customers to come to Aston Martin car dealerships for the replacement.

This spokesperson also emphasized that at present, they have not received any reports that an accelerator malfunction has caused an accident.

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Comments from NetEase:

lianghong145 [网易广西贵港市网友]:

So foolish, destroying one’s own livelihood.

打击网上垃圾净化评论环境 [网易广东省东莞市网友]: (responding to above)

Unscrupulous businessmen don’t care about the consequences and only care about reaping profit as quickly as they can. One person profits and the people of the entire nation have to pay the bill. The government’s efforts to crack down on counterfeiting and shoddy manufacturing is not strong enough.

freedom2023 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]:

When foreign high-end products are like this, wouldn’t domestic products for consumers have even less of a bottom line [minimum limit for safety/quality]?

网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:122.234.*.*:

made in china

屠龙术 [网易吉林省网友]:

Made in China, the ultimate weapon.

yuwen7826257 [网易吉林省吉林市网友]:

Anything that involves Chinese people will have fake things. In China, when there is nothing real, there will be counterfeits.

我投降了 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

How can a country where every single person is thinking of how to exploit loopholes [seize opportunities for advantage/profit] produce good things?

派大腥 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

High-end products dare to use Chinese original parts?

jpub008 [网易北京市网友]:

Using counterfeit plastic is already good enough. If it were here, you would’ve been given paper mache long ago.

gddgzy [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Cherish your life, stay far away from mainland Chinese products.


Pushing the blame on suppliers in order to protect their own brand reputation, even going out of their way to emphasize Chinese company, exploiting consumers’ bias, talk about unconscientious! Are you telling us you didn’t supervise, inspect, and test your parts supply channels and purchasing?? When purchasing, it’s all about cost, but when something happens, you blame others.

网易福建省漳州市手机网友 ip:218.86.*.*: (responding to above)

At least there are still people who see clearly.

网易河北省石家庄市网友 ip:106.114.*.*:

Proving [that China is] the country of shanzhai.

安东尼布鲁克斯 [网易福建省网友]:

Use Chinese counterfeit components, then ship abroad to stick on a brand logo, then ship it to China, and you can sell it for millions. This money is so easy to make.

网易四川省成都市网友 [马里玛丽红]:

When there’s a problem, one shouldn’t simply push it onto the supplier.
It’s the laziness, negligence, and dereliction of duty of the company’s own quality control. A company with professional integrity would not shift the blame like this.

网易广东省佛山市网友 ip:58.252.*.*: (responding to above)

They didn’t shift the blame, the entire recall reflects responsibility.

ziranzhang [网易河南省开封市网友]:

“at present, they have not received any reports that an accelerator malfunction has caused an accident.”
Shows that the quality of shanzhai components pass the test [meet quality standards], congratulations!

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  • CheddyZeddy

    Yeah, Aston Martin should never have started the production of the parts in mainland China in the first place.
    So sad and embarrassing to China, loosing such a good opportunity to create more jobs.
    Welcome to China Astion Martin

    • Zappa Frank

      Embarrassing for Aston Martin…when you have to recall 75%of you car the image damage is huge…

      • YourSupremeCommander

        Apple makes all their stuff in China and we do not hear about quality issues? Oh right, AM drop the ball on picking the wrong supplier and not doing QC.

        • Rick in China

          Who said not doing QC. There were zero failures in these years that the bit has been in the wild, all these vehicles, and no failures, indicates the part did pass QC and the only reason this issue came up is because the supplier was charged with allegations of using fake plastic – therefor they are taking the safer road and saying ok, f it, lets recall all that suppliers bits and replace them. There is a difference between “authentic” and “quality” – it’s possible to have a fake product with higher quality than an authentic item..although from an economic standpoint it rarely makes sense.

          • RickyBeijing

            I can see your point, imagine all of the times something like this has happened when the information wasn’t made public, and the cheap parts don’t get replaced.

            Aston Martin are proving to ‘be the bigger man’ by saying ‘someone fucked up but we’ll fix it.’

            How many car companies would just pay someone a few grand to shut the fuck up?

            Kinda like the Ed Norton’s character from fight club’s job.

      • Surfeit

        Not as damaging as a death, or seven! I don’t think PR will be too worried. They seem to have dealt with things pretty well. Free recall that takes less than an hour, potentially lifesaving, because of some silly Chinese sub-supplier, who we have stopped doing business with. Aston Martin is a super-brand. They can ride this one out pretty easy. This is all opinion of course! No dig at your comment.

        • Zappa Frank

          i agree, but if you are an owner of an Aston Martin maybe you do not expect all parts are made in Britain, but at least you expect top quality. Once you know that they use parts made in china, or better, cheap parts made in china, and in this case poorly made in china, well i doubt your next car will be again an Aston Martin.. For a luxury brand the image is everything, they sell quality, or at least the perception of quality, if their quality is questionable and is spoiled in this way, than the damage may be huge…

          • Rick in China

            It’s hard to say what ‘the majority’ perception would be. However, what I would say is this: I personally hold Aston Martin’s reputation HIGHER because of this incident rather than lower. I assume that anyone who doesn’t, is an idiot, and here’s why:

            Even the most expensive machines have parts from all over the world, or should be assumed to, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Parts are faulty from anywhere. What’s important is not where the parts are from – but whether they test to meet the expectations of that company. If the company has extra good quality assurance in place, I don’t give a shit where the parts or materials came from….they exceed standards of parts of lesser quality produced with less QA in place from a more ‘reputable nation’, and that’s what is important. Next, while these ‘fake’ parts apparently passed with flying colours – not only that but have NOT led to any reported incidents in all these years and all those vehicles later, but this company went above and beyond….I am betting nobody would have known or really cared that there was ‘fake plastic’ part from some company in China in some part of the acceleration pedal, however, they saw the connection immediately and jumped ahead of the situation, claiming responsibility and offering to fix the issue for SO MANY VEHICLES.. an issue which was NOT their fault, but the deceit of one of their suppliers, an issue which in reality seemed not to even be an issue since it was a part which passed all of the QA (meaning either QA was inadequate or part was sufficient, I’m guessing based on statistics of 0 failures reported that the part was sufficient), suffering the costs and burden themselves, and to me that is the sign of a company who truly cares about their products, one to be in awe of rather than condemn..they didn’t do anything wrong here, yet they’re taking on cost and responsibility to make sure everyone gets exactly what they paid for. Most companies would sweep a small thing like this under the rug and hope it doesn’t get out (ABSOLUTELY know this to be true.)

          • Kai

            Ironically, Aston Martins are not historically known for “top quality”. Jeremy Clarkson, go!

          • whuddyasack

            “For a luxury brand the image is everything, they sell quality, or at least the perception of quality”

            True. The only difference between a BMW and a Honda is the price, and the image to go with it. Once that perceived image is gone, then only a fool would insist on paying 100 times more for essentially the same thing.

            Perceived image because every review and comparison puts Japanese cars at a much higher performance and quality rating than either European or American cars.

          • Zappa Frank

            True, in an honest comparison japs cars are often better, the same goes for motorcycles… The only problem is their image and lack of sex appeal, usually their design is not that good.

          • whuddyasack

            Well said. But they are very practical and reliable. They just don’t sound as posh as Porsche or alluring as Mercedes herself ;-)

        • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

          This won’t cause Aston Martin any issues. Remember the Toyota break failures that caused to deaths? Plenty of recalls? They are still sell the most cars in the world. Their image was hit but not as badly. I doubt Aston’s image will be hiht by this at all.

  • Surfeit

    “Cherish your life, stay far away from mainland Chinese products.”

    That is gold! I’m putting it above my door.

  • markus peg

    This image is hardly new but it has to be shared.

    • Repatriated

      I love this comment above:

      “When there’s a problem, one shouldn’t simply push it onto the supplier.

      It’s the laziness, negligence, and dereliction of duty of the company’s
      own quality control. A company with professional integrity would not
      shift the blame like this. ”

      Yes, of course. They should pay good money to a company that can’t even be bothered to QC the garbage they are shipping out??

      Meanwhile: The CEO of above mentioned Chinese company is out drinking baijiu and eating over-priced crabs…while his employees slave away making shit money…

      • donscarletti

        I think the difference is that western companies tend to trust their suppliers far more and unless something is obviously wrong, tend to assume what they received is what they ordered.

        Chinese companies not only do not trust their suppliers but don’t seem to trust their workers much either. In fact, in a Chinese work environment, it seems everyone seems to be trying to fuck over their employer, their customer and their coworkers pretty much constantly. The end result is that productivity and quality seems to suffer as so much mental effort is spent on this task and nothing else.

        Chinese however generally think this is “clever” and westeners are “stupid” for their assumption of good faith all the time. My Chinese boss remarks how I am far smarter than the other westerners because of my cynical outlook and the nasty back-stabbing habits I have picked up of late and actually encorages me to be like this. This is why it is so damn hard to get anything done.

    • P2FX

      The bike is Chinese. And you probably don’t know cars well. Bumpers these days are all made from plastic, they must be soft to protect pedestrians and avoid inner damages. Also plastic is cheaper, if you back into something in a parking lot you better hope the bumper on your car is soft plastic otherwise it’s gonna cost you a fortune to repair.

      • markus peg

        I did in the above comment write, for those that don’t understand please Google the word “joke”.
        Did the joke go over your head?
        Do jokes have to be historically accurate? Would you complain and say the joke is stupid because it’s not a true story?

        You assume too much.

        • P2FX

          There is a clear definition between false accusation and joke, you should know better. Jokes are meant to be funny, not offensive.

          • markus peg

            Offensive humor isn’t funny? Try telling that to Jimmy Carr he has made a career of it.
            You should lighten up, otherwise even the smallest of things will blow your mental fuse. You don’t find it funny, fair enough, but you don’t need to analyze it too much. Just move on, it’s not good for your health to dwell on it.

            The Chinese comments even made a jokes such as saying “Proving [that China is] the country of shanzhai.” Your more hard up than they are about it…

  • Surfeit

    Chinese manufactures can’t be trusted to do a proper job. Even with rules and regulations, the infrastructure surrounding manufacturing and engineering in China makes it far too easy for some Joe to colossally fuck things up. The system needs a complete overhaul, from basic health and safety, to standards of practice.

    Furthermore, while bureaucratic powers in any country will always be used to line somebody’s pockets, the lack of clear regulation and legislation within China make it that much easier (and widespread) to do. As a result, basic expectations cannot be guaranteed, and episodes like this occur.

    When governance and legal structure are respected in China by Chinese and foreigners alike, things will change. Until then, “Cherish your life, stay far away from mainland Chinese products.” At least when it comes to building a car, or plane, or ship, or bridge, or ….

    • Jay K.

      Surfeit, you sir get the “Comment of the Day” award! Seriously it was well said.

      • Surfeit

        Thanks, but I got lucky. I recently read a paper about faults in the Design Stage of Chinese engineering, and fortunately the themes are transferable.

    • Rick in China

      “far too easy for some Joe to colossally fuck things up” – I think you mean “some Wang to colossally fuck things up”

      Lets not forget, China’s GDP is founded on lacking that regulation. As long as companies can operate outside of first world boundaries skating what SHOULD be considered best practices environmentally, socially, as well as economically (for others/taxpayers/whatever in this case) it remains the world’s powerhouse manufacturer. It is already getting more expensive, enough that some companies in some industries are moving manufacturing out of china – and even some domestic companies are outsourcing production to other neighbouring poorer nations. If they add regulation and strictly enforce laws, the consumers may benefit – the employees may benefit – but, big business wont..and they’re the ones funding this gong show called The Great GDP March. Your sentiments are noble, but not realistic expectation.

      • Surfeit

        Joe is a British colloquialism for an average, typical man. I don’t know anything about Wang.

        What I wrote is observation. I didn’t mean to imply any sentiment or expectations other than “Cherish your life, stay far away from mainland Chinese products” when it comes to certain ‘items’. Alas, opinion in the digital world is often askew, so I see how that came across differently.

        I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning now, but I’m aware of the themes you draw attention to; It’s interesting how the rise of BRICS is further outsourcing production. I think I heard someone highlight Vietnam as ‘the next big place’. I’m not oblivious to these points. I merely omitted them because they were outside the scope of my immediate response to the article at hand.

        • mr.wiener

          Try: “your average Zhou”.
          I try to stay away from Wang particularly other people’s.

          • Surfeit

            D’Dum T’sh!!

    • xiaode

      100% agree… google: “quality fade”
      Which is a main problem here… and which is – for sure – the issue in this case as well….

    • Kai

      In a way, Chinese manufacturers CAN be trusted to do a proper job given that they are entrusted to manufacture so much of the world’s goods. It’s one of those things where what we do betrays what we say we value. It’s market economy.

      I happen to think the regulations and legislations are clear enough but like many others feel the problem is skewed more to pervasive lack of enforcement. China has lots of reasonable laws but not so much people taking them seriously. So like you say, it’s a problem of people simply not respecting governance and legal structures (among other things). What can be done? How did better countries overcome this problem? Europe? America? Singapore?

      • Surfeit

        I hear you. My language in that first sentence is a bit ‘strong’, so I think this lies in semantics. I’ll explain further. In this case, the Chinese sub-supplier was accused, and for Aston Martin that warranted a recall. Had a British supplier been accused of the same thing, I’m not certain their response would be identical. Trust isn’t equal, and that’s the degree of trust I’m hitting on. Kosher?

        I don’t know anything about market economy.
        Legislation in China is not something I have found to be clear. There always seems to be a merry-go-round of bureaucracy. Different rules for different places. New rules. Competing offices with overlapping policies. That is my experience. Perhaps we have different experiences. The lack of enforcement is clear, so I’m glad we can agree on that.

        What can be done? Such a great question. I think the obvious would be my initial post, but it’s never that easy. I believe an entire psyche would need to be changed within China, so it could take generations to imply anything that correlates to the west. Furthermore, as with most topical discussions that cross nations, I don’t think the remedy for one nation can necessarily apply to another.

        So I guess…

        trial and error??

  • Nilerafter24

    If you’re in the business of manufacturing legit luxury goods, why would you even consider moving manufacturing to China? Of course, cheap labor. Defeats the whole purpose of a good being luxury if you’re going to forego quality for profit.

    I agree with some of the Chinese comments. Aston Martin is at fault here. They should take full responsibility without exposing their manufacturers.
    They’re obviously trying to cover their asses without tarnishing the AM name for poor inspection and cheapness by saying the part was made a ‘Chinese’ company (knowing full well that people know Chinese stuff is poor quality and that a lot of Westerners resent Chinese and their products) thus shifting the reprimand and outrage onto the Chinese company.

    A good workman doesn’t blame his tools. What happened to intensive inspections (They had to sell 17,000 cars before they noticed)? What’s the point of paying the extreme mark-up on luxury/high-end cars like Aston Martin if the company is going to cut corners by employing cheap labor and shoddy inspection?

    I call a low-blow by Aston Martin but at least they have the foresight to recall the cars before they start crashing and cause an even bigger blow-back.

    • Surfeit

      Ironically, your rhetorical questions don’t need to be answered. There is no mention of poor quality, only that the sub-supplier was accused of using counterfeit plastic. So by all means the parts passed high quality inspection.

      The recall is an ethical decision based upon maintaining their image and avoiding possible deaths. They’ve also offered replacement parts. I personally find that pretty responsible behaviour.

      Totally agree with your sentiment though, they surely must expect this kind of thing if they manufacture in China. Aston Martin is at fault.

      • Joey

        “Ironically, your rhetorical questions don’t need to be answered”

        That’s why they’re rhetorical.

  • nqk123

    this is not entirely their fault. like every major companies, their supply chain usually have multiples contractors/subcontractors. here is their supply chain for the part: Aston Martin > British Comp. > Hong Kong Comp. > China mainland Comp.

    • YourSupremeCommander

      … China mainland Comp. > Medium size factory > Small time workshop in some village

      • Surfeit

        haha! Producing ice!

  • Hang Em Man

    Buy Made In America products whenever possible. Check and make sure it does not have deceptive statements like “assembled in America” which basically means it’s still crap from China that was assembled here. As soon as these greedy corporations realize that we are going with Made in the USA only then they will have to bring back the jobs to America. Then we will have quality products.

    • markus peg

      Products made in China for the EU/US have a high standard to meet in order to be sold overseas… When sold in China though that’s when its easy to find fake shanzhai items… sometimes these checks slip up and mistakes are made. Also i don’t know if this is true or not but a business man once told me that the EU’s import on Chinese made products have a higher standard to meet than the US.. Not sure why or if its true. If anyone care they can research it and post back.

      • Zappa Frank

        i think the point is not the quality but to bring back the productions. However i don’t think that to boycott really works.
        Chinese products sometimes are illegally imported, and in those cases usually don’t meet any standards, not talking about counterfeit goods..

    • xiaode

      No way! If you really want to get quality products, you have to buy “Made in Germany”!

    • FYIADragoon

      Ah yes, because Made in America is definitely the hallmark of excellence. America won’t even allow for full on beef testing for Mad Cow disease. I’ll take Made in Germany or Made in Japan (as long as its not near Fukushima). Oh, and labor based manufacturing in America is done for, don’t get your hopes up. Automated manufacturing is the way of the future.

    • whuddyasack

      But who’s going to buy them besides Americans? Especially when prices rise because of higher wages? From what I’m hearing based on product reviews, American cars, for example, are junk especially when compared to Japanese and European models.

  • mr.wiener

    Wow. The netizins have a pretty dim view of Chinese manufacturing, and no one blamed the Japanese, could this be *gasp* a topic we all agree on?

  • Rick in China

    Yes, and all the “Prada” worn in China is actually hand made in Milano.

    • YourSupremeCommander

      Panda, Niike, Adiadas… You’ve seen those right?

      • Rick in China

        That’s my point. Please tell me my sarcasm wasn’t obvious alongside the ridiculousness of the statement :D

    • Zappa Frank

      unknown to most is that actually some of the products of many italians brands made in italy are made by chinese immigrants that work 17h/day in bedrooms/factories..

      • Rick in China

        You mean that legal immigrants in Italy make luxury goods in illegal working environments for Italian brands? Seriously? Which, where, sounds folk-lorish, otherwise I’d guess groups like amnesty int’l would be all over that ish.

        • Zappa Frank

          to tell the truth most of them, or at least a big part, are illegal immigrants. And yes they work in an illegals work environments. Last December 7 of them died in one of those factories..The problem has not an easy solution, because it’s not that they are forced or something, they simply ignore all work and security laws in order to make the lowest price possible and have the highest income, needless to say because of them many italians factories closed.
          So basically chinese in china buy products made by chinese abroad..

          • Rick in China

            That’s sad to hear – some particular clothing brands proven to do this? I wear a lot of Italian clothes, and may need to adjust that practice. One of my favourite pairs of shoes are Moreschi, claim to be hand made in Italy, ILLEGAL CHINESE IMMIGRANT HANDS?? I can’t believe that!

          • Zappa Frank

            No moreschi should be ok and as well all shoes, below the picture of the moreschi’s factory.
            As far as I know it goes for clothes only, I cannot say which brands are involved, nor how many clothes, if all the stock or just lower quality..

          • You are a dude and you have favourite shoes? Seriously?

          • Rick in China

            No no, of course not, I only have favourite beer (lucky), favourite wife-beater with mustard stains (fruit of the loom), and favourite truck (dodge).

            Troll more you fuckin’ redneck closeted retard.

          • Troll? Are you serious? If you do or say something that is outwardly effing =weird= – don’t be surprised if people ask a question of it!

            And this belittling arrogant faux lefty intelligentsia attitude that because someone may disagree with you, which is their right, they must be a red neck? Why the hatred towards red necks and others that disagree? Free world dude. Shall I now shout out that I have a favourite gimp suit too?

          • Brett

            Why is it weird to have a favorite pair of shoes? It’s wierd to have a favorite pet goldfish, or something else with no real use. The right pair of real shoes will fit like a glove, look great with most anything you wear, and will last you 20+ years.

            Just because the nicest pair of “shoes” you own are probably berkenstocks doesn’t mean Rick is wierd. Not at all.

          • I have shoes. I put them on my feet when I go out. I do not know the brand, nor would I care. As I said – it is a very weird thing for a man to know or care about the brand of shoes – let alone other clothing items. All the power to him if he likes that stuff, but I have never heard of it before. Maybe it comes in handy when the wife asks what dress to wear, my usual response is “that one” pointing to one of them on a hanger in an open cupboard.

          • KamikaziPilot

            I just have to say that there are men that don’t care about the brand of their clothing, such as yourself, but there are also a hell of a lot of guys who care a lot about the brand of clothing they wear. I can’t believe you never heard of guys having a favorite type of shoe or other clothing. Guys can be just as fashion conscious as women, although on average they are probably less so. BTW I’m like you, I don’t even know the brand of shoes I wear or any other of my clothes.

  • SonofSpermcube

    At least it wasn’t the brake pedal.

  • SonofSpermcube

    “Pushing the blame on suppliers in order to protect their own brand
    reputation, even going out of their way to emphasize Chinese company,
    exploiting consumers’ bias, talk about unconscientious! Are you telling
    us you didn’t supervise, inspect, and test your parts supply channels
    and purchasing?? When purchasing, it’s all about cost, but when
    something happens, you blame others.”

    That guy nailed it.

    See also:

    …which answers this question: “When foreign high-end products are like this, wouldn’t domestic products for consumers have even less of a bottom line [minimum limit for safety/quality]?” (The answer is “no,” because “high end” products” aren’t nearly as high quality as their marketing would have you believe.)


    “When there’s a problem, one shouldn’t simply push it onto the supplier.
    It’s the laziness, negligence, and dereliction of duty of the company’s own quality control. A company with professional integrity would not shift the blame like this. ”

    Look at Apple, one of the most high-end computer companies (I hesitate to say “manufacturer”…system integrator, I guess?), yet they (like their cheaper competitors) more or less outsource their quality control to their customers, since an RMA system is cheaper than actually making sure that shit ain’t broke before you sell it.

  • Irvin

    History shows that a civilization always destroy itself from within, china will be its own undoing. As of right now, mainlander need to learn better values like intergrity, reputation and morals instead of owning house and money.

    Just this very day coming home I hear a kid sitting next to me in subway keep yelling to his mom I’m going to do magic and make you lots and lots of money!!! I really hope I’ll be pleasently surprise one day when the conversations I overheard can be something like “I aspire to be a great dancer when I grow up, I want to change how dance is percieve and receive in china” and the mother can say “well son you got my support and whatever happens you’ll have a proud mother”.

    • Kai

      Welcome to a society that knows poverty. Seriously, what developing country do you know has more people who dream about self-actualization goals like being a dancer than making money to possibly give their loved ones a better standard of living?

      • whuddyasack

        Agreed. It’s quite sad that so many misunderstand why so many Chinese want to make lots of money. I think the gap between those in the first world and those who are not is painfully obvious. Shocking, yet fascinating. But for those who’ve been through poverty, who’ve had family and friends go through it or seen it with their very own eyes, they can understand. They can sympathize and empathize.

        Indeed, the desire to make money is not always selfish or materialistic. Sometimes, selflessly providing physiological needs for loved ones through money is the only way these parents know how to show love. And who can blame them?

        “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
        – Francis Scott Fitzgerald

    • linette lee

      You can only chase after your dream if you have food in your stomach and a warm shelter. Dreams are for people in rich countries whose gov’t give out food stamps and free subsidizing housing and free medical care to the poor and people who sit home doing nothing. But now even the unemployed people in USA jobs that makes money.

      • whuddyasack

        Brilliantly put. In developed countries, people worry about WHERE to eat today, people in developing countries worry about WHAT to eat today.

  • ESL Ninja

    Glad I went for the Maserati instead…

  • diverdude7

    Ms. Moneypenny, have them bring my Aston Martin around front.
    I’m sorry Commander Bond it is currently in the garage being serviced. It seems British Intelligence came upon a super-secret sinister plot by Blofeld to have the accelerator assembly come to pieces just as you were racing along the cliffs of Monaco thereby launching you and your obligatory hot chick to a fiery death. Luckily we caught ol’ Ernst in time!

  • Zappa Frank

    Px Vespa is made in Italy, but as for Aston martin parts come from china ( I think there is a piaggio factory close to chongqing) and I am sorry to tell it, but the quality of the Vespa is in fact lowered, I had a Vespa px of 1984 and one of 2005 the former one was unbreakable and the last one is ok only after I’ve substituted some parts with the one of an older Vespa. The one made in India is the lm star, a clone of the px.

  • Surfeit

    There are several ways to gloss over things.
    “are you white? or chinese?” is up there. Right near the top. Yep. U’huh.

  • the ace of books

    Raise your hands if you’re surprised. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • hailexiao

    What if OP is Uyghur or Tajik with Chinese citizenship? The two are not mutually exclusive.

    • Mateusz82

      “White” and “Chinese” are not mutually exclusive, except to ethnic nationalists.

    • donscarletti

      Sure, Uygurs are Turks and Tajiks are Aryan but there is a big difference in apperance between them and the Turks in Turkey and the Aryans in Iran. Some of them a white, but most of the ones I see are brown. The whitest of the 56 groups is 俄族, or Russians. But most of those were slowly chased out of Harbin during the Sino Soviet split and afterwards, meaning there are few if any left.

  • markus peg

    White or Chinese are my options? Is the world divided between the Chinese and “whites” alone? Grow a funny bone scanner.

  • I’m A Fiend

    wrong continent ole boy

  • God made the world and the rest are made in China.. :D Seriously yes it’s true that there are many counterfeit products from China.. That’s a given fact already..But sometimes, it still pays to check the products before buying them.. I normally read reviews first before I place an order.

    That’s one thing I wouldn’t really tolerate esp if the amount of money I will be spending is big enough. I check reviews from ResellersRating, Trust Pilot and the new one Start Buying in China…