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Q: If no Chinese ability, how to avoid ripoffs from locals?

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Chinese have Chinese ability, it doesn't stop them being ripped off.

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Chinese have Chinese ability, it doesn't stop them being ripped off.

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just walk away and don't let them have your money or custom.

as Stiggs says, Chinese people will rip anyone and everyone off, and think themselves clever.

Stiggs:

Shopping in supermarkets and department stores are better than markets if you speak no Chinese.

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I'd say 'Using yer brain ...', not different than anywhere else ... 

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Controlled rip-off ...of yer Chinese made mobile .. angel

 

Lithuania Tells People To Throw Away Chinese Smartphones Due To "Cybersecurity Risks"teaser image

"This is important not only to Lithuania but to all countries which use Xiaomi equipment." 

FRI SEP 24, AT 8:45 AM

 

Lithuania's National Cyber Security Centre (NKSC) released a new report Thursday urging consumers to throw away their Chinese smartphones due to cybersecurity and censorship risks.

NKSC, which is part of the Defense Ministry, found that Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi had built-in censorship tools to detect and censor phrases such as "Free Tibet," "Long live Taiwan independence," "People's daily newspaper," and "democracy movement," among others. It noted Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phones had the software turned off for European customers, but the report stressed the tools could be remotely turned on at any time.

When it came to Huawei's P40 5G phone, the report found risks of cyber-security breaches:

"The official Huawei application store AppGallery directs users to third-party e-stores where some of the applications have been assessed by anti-virus programs as malicious or infected with viruses."

It's crucial to note relations between NATO ally Lithuania and China have deteriorated as of recent. The Baltic country approved Taiwan to open a representative office in Vilnius, the capital, and be named the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania later this year. Beijing soured over the word "Taiwanese" in the name of the office because it contradicts the "One China" policy that Europe and the US follow.

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Depends on what you are shopping for. If it is low money items, who cares since expats earn a salary fit for a king/queen here. For higher ticket items, do as always. Research and know what the fair rate it. 

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I have never been ripped off when shopping and I have even been given discounts when I asked for something cheaper.

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I find them pretty honest, now Latin America... a different kettle of fish.

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I have found them to be very honest and helpful. All transactions were transparent and upfront. Never been ripped off.

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You will probably have been charged the 'foreigner tax' at this point and not have noticed !

A place i worked, the individual in charge of the foreign worker pay-roll was fired after it was discovered she had been defrauduing the foreigners for years.
No reprecussions or criminal charges or reimbursment for those defrauded.
The amount was only to a tune of 100 RMB per foreign employee per month, but it all added up to quite a substantial amout.

we were just told that it was our own fault.

thankfully i was only there a couple of months and did not impat me too much, but really pissed one guy who had been there a few years off quite a bit.

we wanted to press criminal charges but were heavily pressured (and actually threatened) to keep quiet.
 

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Then be careful with your interaction with them and as well begin to acquire some basic knowledge to avoid being rip-off knowledge is power

Blondie_:

Chinese people also rip their own off too.

just having a healthy level of scepticism is essential when in China.

Sadly your colleagues may try to scam you as well, as i found when the local pay-roll employee defrauded foreign workers over a number of years.

You would think that your local colleagues at least would be honest when it comes to contracted pay - apparently not indecision

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