Brits Get Rich in China: Part 3

Saturday, October 13, 2007 7:01
Posted in category The Big Picture
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Part 3 starts off with Peter pitching, and it comes out that he has failed to make a single sale after one month – Time to fish or cut bait for Peter. Cut to Tony who has set up a mansion of a store at the SNIEC Cushion Show in Shanghai. .. who is trying to figure out who wants to buy his cushions… or steal his patterns.

“If you want a quarter of a million cushions in 10 weeks, you will get your cushions in ten weeks”

Cut to Tony inspecting the site… which is uh.. way behind schedule. fortunately Tony’s business partner has a family member (her sister’s father in law) who can manage the job (That was convenient…). Tony is scared, and the entire staff goes to lunch at 11am.

Cut to Vance on the Huangpu river and a bit more background on his business. 100+ suppliers for 50,000 bathrooms (a large supply chain for a single person). So… of to the border of North Korea where Vance looks to set up his own operation, and he has a warehouse of equipment that he got on the cheap from bankruptcy auctions (this guy is a true vulture). This scene wraps with Vance driving on top of what should be the foundation of his new factory (he paid 2.7 million RMB for it) and I must say that he took it well. (so did his assistance who got ripped into)….

PArt 3 wraps up with Peter strutting through Shanghai’s Thames town, sitting down for a port, and putting on a strong face… man… I would be freaking at this point (not a single sale in site)

I can’t wait to part 4 … cause the last line was “Peter has found a man…”

Best Quote of the scene:
Vance – “I like to stay here one night (Shanghai). TO get me myself into the spirit and give me that kick up the ass. Look at it (Grand Hyatt) – If someone can build an 88 floor hotel, then why can’t I develop a new bath

Color commentary:
Vance is still going strong even with the fact that his foundation has yet to be poured (really… worse things could have happened).

Tony.. ah Tony. The sister’s father in law of your site manager? Are you kidding? Has it occurred to you to call someone at Jones Lange LaSalle or CM2Hill for help? BEsides having his product designs stolen by 21 year old mobile phone carriers… he has now put all his hopes of China based manufacturing into the hands of his site manager’s sister’s father in law.

Peter – Well, he has at least found himself in Shanghai, and has his feet on the ground. But I am worried given the last line was “he has met a man…”. Asking for a port, waiting for a man, and in his finest suit. I think my premonitions of a shady distributor are coming true.

Honestly, I could not get entertainment like this on satellite.  This series is priceless!  I t is like three blind mice for China.. and I just can’t wait to see how these guys stat putting it all together (at this point, I still think all have a legitimate shot… but no doubt there is more fun to come!)

Stay tuned for part 4… I think it is going to be better than the first 3.

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