Stop! It’s a Collector’s Item

Your eyes do not deceive you, that is indeed a car with all its post-
factory protective wrapping in tact. Before seeing this, I had no clue this was even possible or that this wrapping even existed but apparently it does. Like a nerd after Christmas, the owner has (and still does a month later I should add) all the self control of a zen monk in not unwrapping his present. While this particular scenario is atypical of Chinese people, the general activity of leaving things in their wrappings is not.

More often than not, the remotes I use are still in their original packaging, the car dashboards still contain pieces of vinyl wrapping, and car seats are covered by multiple layers of colored cloth protection. My grandparents go as far as to keep their TVs covered in plastic or cloth when not in use. Most visitors to China won’t notice this behavior because it’s mostly contained within private households but I found this to be fascinating for whatever reason so now you know. I asked a couple people why the Chinese are so keen on preserving packaging but no one could really provide a satisfactory answer. Perhaps someone reading this does? If so, kindly leave it in the comments.


5 Responses to “Stop! It’s a Collector’s Item”

  1. 1 zypatroon July 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I’m a senior university student in Beijing.

    I think people leave all these wrapping thing just to protect their apparatus just as the manufacturer doing so. They leave their remotes covered with plastic bag to keep them alway from the dust, same reason for the TVs.

    One of my roommate kept attaching a useless cover which protect the LCD of his laptop til the tapes of the cover were not adhesive anymore. The same “post-factory protective” you mentioned as the car owner did.

    It is a phenomena in China. I think it is a way of treasuring their property. However I do believe these behaviors are becoming less common. I myself do not keep any useless covers at all.

    • 2 brainalleakage July 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      What I don’t understand about this logic is that keeping the wrapper on makes it look worse than if it were just slightly dirty. Stuff gets dirty, if you can’t handle dirt then clean it :/

  2. 4 wizwizard July 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Chinese keeps everything in wrapped or covered, because the sand storm and pollution.

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