posted on Apr, 20 2019 @ 09:37 AM
you make rather a good point. i actually see this all the time. here the shops that sell such clothing are called Uki Uki stores. and clothing is only
the tip of the iceburg. almost any "surplus" product from many countries are sold this way. the only real things that are not sold from places such as
north America are electrical. and this is only due to the fact that North America, unlike most of the world uses 110 electricity instead of 220 (that
would pretty much be only the stove plug and possibly a dryer plug only in a North American house). so such items are useless without having a power
converter to use them.
and this goes right to cars, trucks and buses on the roads. i have called where i am the Japanese used car lot, due to all the Japanese "surplus"
vehicles sold here. mainly due to the rather insane Japanese emission controls in place where you pretty much have to buy a new car every two years,
or replace the engine to comply. this is one reason you can find so many cheap engines available for Japanese cars. they replace them, then sell off
the used ones cheap. it is so common that most of these used Japanese cars actually have the dashboard replaces and moving the steering setup to tyurn
a Japanese right hand drive vehicle into a left hand drive. my old van was like that. the steering wheel was on the left side, but so was the sliding
door, making it into a "suicide door", since your passengers have to get out into traffic, not on the sidewalk. in fact just about every public
transit bus is bought from countries such as Japan, China, Korea and everywhere else, as a used vehicles. the same goes for trucks and construction
equipment. you can imagine just how wonderful this is for pollution, since they are in effect mostly worn out, BEFORE being sold off as surplus.
likely one of the big reasons why public transit buses, and trucks are some of the biggest black smoke, pollution belchers on the roads.
even the US dumps vehicles here, how else can you explain the fact that you can buy brand new Ford SUV here for just under $10,000 cheaper than you
can in North America, for the same vehicle, or about 1/4 the price cheaper? and remember you are having to pay to ship said vehicle quite literally
halfway around the world, which is not cheap. but at least that way the North American manufacturers can sell the vehicles and get at least some cash,
and not just leave them with the thousands of brand new vehicles left in lots to rot, in lots and fields, since they can not sell them. this has
killed any chance of a real national car builder from being able to form. you just have companies like Toyota building some cars here, both for export
and to sell (one reason why almost every taxi is a Toyota Vios, and there are so many private ones on the road). with the only real "homegrown"
companies building rather crude vehicles out of used, surplus Japanese engines and parts. and yet again these vehicles are next in line for belching
out thick, black smoke out their tailpipes. because many of those engines are well worn before being put into a "new" vehicle. add on top of that such
engines and vehicles from other countries are not really cooled properly to handle the tropical climate. something that a vehicle designed and built
within the country would be far better equipped to handle.