I was not surprised to read both in the local Majorcan Paper and in the Bulletin, the growth of Chinese Businesses all over the island .
This is not only here and on the mainland, also in the UK, but less visible as we are smaller and more concentrated here.
The problem here is that competition is almost a dirty word amongst the smaller privately owned establishments , and of course they protest as even in this current recession they seem unable to understand the word competitiveness , and bleat that these shops should be banned! I agree if the goods are sub-standard or dangerous , but a great deal of the goods are European or well known brands , and it is the Chinese family working there who are willing to be open all hours I was amused to see the extent of the diversification of these services , as I have spied a Chinese driving school and a hair dresser! However, whilst we are in these hard times every one looks to shop at bargain prices and they are voting with their patronage.
Whilst in the U.K. I bought the self same shampoo that I buy here, in the £ shop in Southampton, for a pound, Palma? 3.95, Euros, May be we could do with that sort of competition here?
Yours, Yvonne C.Cotton