Many lectures have discussed the recent trend in China to do online shopping. The Chinese students say they frequently use this method, because it is cheaper and easier than going to the store. Today people are able to access the internet via mobile phones so the online shopping process is even easier than ever before. In lecture by Professor Lin Runhui, it was stated that upon getting online 25% of people in China do online shopping.
Last night I was able to take part in the group buying method of shopping online. Some Chinese students wanted to take us to a club called Scarlet. We had heard this place was expensive, even by American terms, compared to other clubs/bars. One of the Chinese students said she got a discount by ordering a table online for us. Originally it would cost 400 RMB to go to the club and purchase a table, by purchasing online however it only cost 69 RMB. I was absolutely stunned at the price difference. In lecture we saw the different prices for washing machines. I would normally assume a washing machine is an item that would vary greatly across web pages, because of the frequency of buying household appliances. What I couldn't believe was that an entertainment activity would offer such a discount. The only downside to ordering online is that you aren't guaranteed a table for the specific night you purchase it. You must call the manager or go to the club and see if tables are still open then use your receipt number to confirm your purchase. If tables aren't available for the specific night you want then you are allowed a window of about a month to use the purchase for another night. The only online buying for entertainment purposes I have used in America was purchasing Twin's tickets. I was charged a fee for using the online method instead of buying tickets at the game. I found the different methods of transactions interesting and would like to explore websites in America that may implement the same extreme discounts that the sites in China allow.