By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 10, 2008
In America this week, luxury retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman shocked high-end shoppers with a new policy: there is now a limit to the number of designer handbags you may buy.
Designer handbags, like Prada’s latest ruched nylon styles, which cost $1,290; Bottega Veneta’s signature woven leather hobos, at $1,490; and the new rectangular Yves Saint Laurent clutch (it looks like a postcard) at $1,395 are now in limited supply to stem re-sale money-making possibilities.
On the streets of Beijing, one may purchase Prada, Bottega Veneta, and Yves Saint Laurent copies for less than the equivalent of $5.00 (USD) each. And you may buy as many as you want!In other news from Beijing just this week: flimsy plastic shopping bags for groceries and the like are now outlawed. The bags are blamed for “white pollution” as they turn up in waterways, wells, piping systems and just about everywhere else.
So, if you are a “Bag Lady,” you now have options! China or the USA. But both have some restrictions!
China Outlaws Flimsy Plastic Shopping Bags
BEIJING (AP) — Declaring war on the “white pollution” choking its cities, farms and waterways, China is banning free plastic shopping bags and calling for a return to the cloth bags of old — steps largely welcomed by merchants and shoppers on Wednesday.
The measure eliminates the flimsiest bags and forces stores to charge for others, making China the latest nation to target plastic bags in a bid to cut waste and conserve resources.
Beijing residents appeared to take the ban in stride, reflecting rising environmental consciousness and concern over skyrocketing oil prices.
“If we can reduce waste and save resources, then it’s good both for us and the whole world,” said college student Xu Lixian, who was buying tangerines out of cardboard boxes at a sidewalk stall.