When In China, It Pays To Read

Whilst on a business trip in China, a man wanted to buy some cheap electrical gifts for his children.

He quickly discovered what looked like a suitable shop and found a pair of iPods at a great price.

Naturally concerned that they may be cheap in more ways than one, he asked the shopkeeper what would happened if they did not work.

The shopkeeper excitedly pointed at what was the only sign in the shop that was written in English.


The sign said,


The businessman was glad of the reassurance and duly paid for two iPods before returning to his hotel.

As soon as he reached his room he tried testing both of them.

Unfortunately, neither would even so much as switch on.

The businessman quickly returned to the shop and asked for either a refund or an exchange.

The shopkeeper laughed and refused both requests, pointing to the only sign written in English.

In broken English the shopkeeper said, ‘In case you forgot, we read from right to left in China.’

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Thats a lame title for such a funny post man.

  2. You could say the same in any country though – always read the small print. too many people buy impulsively and then regret not researching what they were getting into.

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