How Chinese Companies are breaking into the Retail Sector

The business world is changing a lot as the worlds factory (China) catches up with the West to not only be the factory of the world but also the business leaders of the world. China has spent far too long making products at ridiculously low rates and now they want a piece of the retail market. I say want a piece but what we really mean is they want to take over and become like the big Western companies like Apple. When people think of China they think of cheap products that are not reliable and that may have been the case in times past but it is not the case any more.

Many Chinese companies are using Amazon and Ebay to sell their products at retail prices and are making huge profits from this. Before these market places existed they did not have an easy entry in to the retail space but this has now allowed them to sell high quality products to compete with Western companies who are charging much more for a product. In this case YI cameras are selling a 4K action camera online and are under cutting Western companies by almost 30% of their retail price. Not only are they cheaper but it is said by many to be as good a product.

Western companies have fallen behind and refuse to see the threat that the Chinese companies pose in the retail sector. They rely on their superior quality and customer service to combat the lower priced products of the Chinese and this does work somewhat but they are still losing a large part of the market due to the low prices of the new competition.

This should be a warning to the large Western companies as they need to up their game and give better value on their products.

Are Kodi Boxes Legal?

There has been much discussion on online forums recently about the legality of kodi boxes as they have become such a popular product in recent years. The question itself shows a lack of knowledge on what a kodi box is. In fact kodi box is not really the correct name for these devices. Most of these devices come with an android operating system so the term android TV box is really the correct name for these devices. Kodi itself is just one app of many that come on the boxes so that is the first point to address.

The second point is that Kodi is just an app that in itself does not display content. You must add what are known as add on’s and this is where it can become a bit of an issue. There are thousands of add on’s that anyone can install in Kodi. A lot of them are 100% legit such as Spotify or Stan TV but there are add on’s that can be a bit of a grey area when it comes to copyright law. This does not mean that Kodi itself is illegal or anything like it.

A third point to make is that Kodi can be downloaded on any device such as a phone, laptop, mac computer, tablet or any sort of computer device. That does not make any of those devices illegal or anything like it so therefore the question is an invalid one. The question itself really is an ignorant one and one that shows a lack of understanding of Kodi and technology as a whole. It is much easier to say Kodi is illegal when you don’t understand it but it is very incorrect.

I do think that in the future there will be some sort of block on Kodi but as it stands it is just a open source app and nothing more. Some of the add on’s might be crossing the line but that is nothing to do with Kodi or their developers and it was not designed for this purpose.