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Chinese products are the artisans’ enemy

Monterrey violence used to be bad for business, now it's cheap imitations

Artisans selling their products in Nuevo León face stiff competition from imitations made in China, preferred by some consumers for their lower prices.


On the Art Corridor (Corredor del Arte) in the state capital Monterrey, artisans and vendors from all over the country have found a venue that over the years has grown in popularity among locals and visitors.

Established 13 years ago, the marketplace has survived the worst years of violence in the streets of Monterrey, but cheap Chinese knockoffs are now seen as the main enemy of the artisan.

Margarita sells embroidered garments woven on a loom. Originally from Oaxaca, she explained that the most complex garments can take three years to complete.

Those pieces she sells for 2,800 pesos (US $156), an amount that translates into 2.55 pesos per day of work that went into its creation.

But many people refuse to pay what they consider a steep price, Margarita explained.


Nohemí Villalobos, an artisan from León, Guanajuato, works in filigree, macrame and leather.

“The biggest enemy of an artisan are Chinese products,” she complained, observing that they often sell at half the price of her own pieces.

“They limit us as producers, because I live from this . . . I try not to exaggerate [with her prices] but I can’t go too low either, because it can turn unprofitable given the time [invested in each piece],” she said.

Those pieces can take days or months to finish, depending on their complexity, but few customers accept the prices without bargaining.

Dalinda Bracho has sold antiques, books and other collectible objects for 12 years in the Art Corridor. Over time she has noticed that fewer people appreciate and acknowledge the real value of the objects she has to offer.

Still, most vendors expect to close the year with good sales, as the positive trend registered since the worst years of the violence ended is expected to continue.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • “Still, most vendors expect to close the year with good sales.”

    Well, there you go. No problem.

    • cooncats

      Wrong. They’ll just keep flooding your market with this fake crap until the real folks are driven out of business.

  • cooncats

    The Chinese are looters. Mexico is stupid to cozy up to them, particularly while attacking their real source of income, the U.S. Someone here needs to remind the haters that 24 percent of Mexico’s GNP comes in the form of remissions. The Chinese looted the American manufacturing economy and now they want to do the same to Mexico.

    I have a better idea. One: Stop shipping your own border problems north and expecting to dump them in the U.S.
    Two: Respect the U.S. border and immigration law as you want and expect we Americans to respect yours, and almost all of us do. Three: Become a real partner in stopping narco criminal traffic across that border.

    Or you can just keep on acting like you’re entitled to flout the same laws you want respected here, attacking the commercial relationship with your #1 customer who is responsible for injecting nearly $200 billion U.S. bucks into Mexico, and three keep antagonizing the people of America by waving your flag in their streets and acting like a bunch of invaders.

    I guarantee you won’t like the results of the latter course of action. The guy in the White House is no patsy like Barack Obama. He fully means what he says. Keep acting this way and the wall will be the least of your problems. And once China picks your pockets, it’s Zaijian, suckers.

    • Mike S

      Lets see, the Orange Warthog campaigned that he was going to stop Chines mercantilism and dumping in US markets and bring jobs back from China. Then he had a piece of chocolate cake with President XI at Mar-lago and suddenly there was no problem with China whatsoever. Of course Trump Enterprises owes the Chinese National Bank $400 million and Ivanka has her clothing lines made in a Chinese sweat shop that pays employees $2 a day. and Jared is selling green cards to wealthy Chinese for $500k a pop for investors in his New Jersey condo project. Those Mexicans who work in US and send remittances home also keep your food and services very cheap. Mexico is the US third biggest market and 6 million high-paid US jobs depend on that trade. Mexicans buy and love US made products- the Chinese don’t. There will be no wall and NAFTA will be tweaked but not repealed. Number of undocumented MX residents in US has been shrinking for 8 years. Trump is mentally ill, a narcissist, a pathological liar, a con man and you are a sucker with the hook, line, & sinker in your throat.

      • cooncats

        Thanks for confirming what I am saying about the Chinese and just how much more Mexico benefits from the U.S. than it will ever do from China. Of course you are so obsessed with Trump Derangement syndrome you probably didn’t notice you didn’t see the forest for the trees.

        Liberals: You can’t fix stupid.

        • Mike S

          Trump and his sycophant cabinet are grossly incompetent- the man is mentally ill and a pathological liar. His supporters are so unable to admit the disaster they have put in office that they now live in a complete bubble of denial. I have pity on you because the day is coming when we are going to have to get rid of him. We almost slid into a second GREAT DEPRESSION in 2008 and it wasn’t undocumented, hard-working Mexicans that had anything to do with that. Now are back with tax cuts for the wealthy, massive deregulation, Big Oil & Coal, growing deficits during “good times”, Big military-industrial-complex, trashing the environment, climate change denial, a disastrous health care proposal, removing Wall Street & Big Bank supervision, trashing alliances, doing nothing about Chinese mercantilism, and blaming the defenseless and shrinking undocumented for all our problems. You’re right…can’t fix stupid.

          • cooncats

            Quit your bellyaching. You elected the first half black half wit who thought he was Arnold Palmer, we elected the first Orange President who immediately figured out all those Executive orders could be repealed by, yes wait for it, MORE Executive orders.

            I think this has been the best part of the whole thing–you liberal geniuses who think you are smarter than everyone else thought you could invent a new government by governing with Executive Orders which would be upheld by your own equivalent of a corrupt PRI politician and, damn, you got your asses beat. So the new guy doesn’t even have to go through the legislative process, he just follows your example. LOL

            Otherwise, blah, blah blah.

            And we’ll reelect him too. Hopefully that will drive all you TDS patients to commit suicide and improve the gene pool and America along with it.

            Oh, and I really do recommend you guys knock off the violence, property destruction and shooting people who don’t disagree with you. The conservatives have a lot more fire power, I wouldn’t keep provoking them.

          • Mike S

            Coon you are a real piece of work. I doubt Trump will make 4 years and certainly not 8. After the wealthy get their tax cuts….they will have no more use for the NYC white collar crime boss. Trump has passed no significant legislation and never will. His executive orders don’t amount to a hill of beans. Pulling out of the Paris Accords and trashing NATO was real smart.

          • cooncats

            So revved up about your TDS rant you forgot the topic, eh?

            Yeah, we definitely should have stayed in a deal that allowed China to double their pollution and do nothing until 2030 while the U.S. had to start right away. That’s just the kind of deal a half wit liberal would make. Damn, I sure wish I could have you and the rest of the like minded libs as business clients, I’d get richer than Trump off of your gullibility.

          • Mike S

            The green/clean/ renewable energy revolution is inevitable. The question is who will lead it. US was the world leader. Now with Trump, looks like it will be China, Germany, and Japan.

            Listening to Limbaugh and right-wing radio and watching Faux News and reading Bretbart has been shown to cause brain tumors. See you doctor righaway

          • cooncats

            Yeah, that’s why China and India are throwing up coal fired plants as fast as they can.

            Watching Fake News causes the brain to melt away. Your doctor can’t help you.

          • Mike S

            Not true. China is moving into solar and other renewables at a record pace. They are cutting way back on new coal power plants. Too many people with lung problems

          • cooncats

            Please tell me you aren’t really this ignorant:


            “Of the 2,400 coal-fired power plants under construction or being planned around the world, 1,171 will be built in China. This rapid growth of coal power means that, mathematically, Chinese carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are unlikely to stop rising. Such a rapid rise in Chinese CO2 emissions will more than cancel out the rest of the world’s CO2 cuts. At the same time, China is slashing its investment in wind and solar power.
            “[Chinese] clean energy investment will be down 15 to 20 percent this year,” Mich”ael Liebreich, the founder of BNEF, told Bloomberg. “As things stand, it will not bounce back to a new record in the next five years…If Asia keeps building coal-fired power stations, then there is no way of sticking within a carbon budget consistent with 2 degrees.”

            Yes, they cancelled a few of the plants ONLY because their slowing economy doesn’t need the surplus power.

            “Consumption of coal in China has already grown by a factor of three from 2000 to 2013. The country consumes approximately half of all coal used worldwide and gets roughly 66 percent of its electricity from coal, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.”

            And Germany, that green energy leader?


            “Germany’s power grid almost collapsed in January due to poor performance from wind turbines and solar panels, according to data from a major trade union.

            Wind and solar power plants under-performed in January, 2017, because of cloudy weather with little or no wind, setting the stage for massive blackouts.

            A major blackout almost occurred Jan. 24 and was only prevented when German energy suppliers “also took the last reserve power plant,” Michael Vassiliadis, head of the union which represents power plants IG Bergbauchemie Energie, told reporters. The country’s power grid was strained to the absolute limit and could have gone offline entirely, triggering a national blackout, if just one power plant had gone offline, according to Vassiliadis.

            “The renewables could not even offer five percent [of total power demand.] Coal, gas and nuclear power kept the country almost in the first place under the electric current,” Vassiliadis said.”

            Germany was forced to recommission coal power plants to simply keep the lights on. The country’s green energy plans calls for the shut down of 30 such power plants by 2019.

            Mike, you are like a guy who brings a knife to a gun fight. Your environmental and technical education probably ended with watching Bambi. I’m not worried that America will be destroyed by outside enemies, I think it will be done in by it’s own young and stupid. All of you should sue these colleges for educational malpractice.

            BTW, I make 100 percent of my pretty big house’s power with solar panels.

          • Mike S

            Putting something in quotes doesn’t make it true. What are your sources and are they underwritten by the fossil fuel industry?

            Here is my source:


          • cooncats

            The links are there. Open them, genius.

            The NYT. LOL Good night. You’re not even carrying a knife in this gunfight.

          • Mike S

            NYT is a great newspaper. It is the best investigative journalist newspaper in the country even if you don’t like some of their opinion columnists. I stand by their article on Chinese coming investment in solar and other renewable energy. It makes sense on every level.

          • cooncats

            Mike, let’s make a deal. I’m planning on spending $10 million to fix the crappy roads in my neighborhood. However to spare us both embarrassment I won’t check up on your NYT claim if you don’t check up on my road claim.

            Gullible is buying this kind of hot air put out by self serving Chinese who are trying to distract everyone from the sucker deal they got out of Obama which allows them to DOUBLE carbon emission and requires no reductions until 2030.

            You’re gullible Mike and the NYT is a climate scamming rag. For God’s sake broaden your education.

          • Mike S

            NYT is hardly a rag or did Trump tell you that? Chinese went into solar voltaics manufacturing big time about about 10 years ago. They drove down prices by 80% and now make over half the world’s supply- mostly for export. Now they plan on increasing production and using it domestically. Solar is now directly competitive with fossil fuels. If Trump thinks coal is going to make a comeback, he is delusional. Solar should be subsidized just like oil and gas. Trump is about to hand over 13 million good paying jobs to the Chinese by betting on yesterday.

            How stupid can he and his followers be. Several times this year Germany has supplied 85% of it grid power with solar and wind. The last obstacle holding back solar and wind is storage and that is being solved as we speak. Electric cars, trucks, and buses will be here in big numbers in next 5 years. Screw Putin and the Saudi Royalty.

          • Mike S

            This about sums up the difference between Trump and Obama:

            Head of Department of Energy under Obama- Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winning physicist from Stanford.

            Trump’s Dept of Energy head- Rick Perry a political hack from Texas who has a BA in animal husbandry and never heard of the Dept of Energy when he was running for POTUS in 2008.

            Don’t get me started on Scott Pruitt or Devoss.

    • Anthony Stein

      Wrong again big brain! It was American corporations that looted the American economy and American jobs for higher profits! And Americans loved buying cheap products at their local Wal-Mart stores! You can include that boor of a president and his family for taking advantage of cheap Chinese sweat shops and cheap exploited labor! Do the world a favour and take you president and his family and shove them up your fat ass!

      • BETOXELA2015

        Get use to it pinche tonto with two new pro-Trump repres in the House it looks like the good times will roll in America for the next eight years. Oh, and the Commie DEMORATS ONLY SPENTS $67 MILLION ENGINEERING THEIR LOSS. Y, ademas, chinga su madre y la de MikeS pinche cabrones tontos.

        • Anthony Stein

          I could really give a crap about your shit hole country or about some pro-trump politician from some backward hillbilly state! Whatever you low lifes do or elect has no effect on me or my life whatsoever! So you can take your gutter Spanish and your gringo face and just go home! The world is sick of Americans and half your own country can’t stand each other either!

          • BETOXELA2015

            Hey pinche cagon, if you don’t give a crap about the US why the fuck are you so always obsessed with what goes there, tonto? What would a microcephalic Commie like you know about the world anyway since you never get out of your pajamas and the dark cave where you spend all of your time spewing your anti-American hate and vitriol. And by the why, un poquito mas espanol, chinga su pinche padre tambien!

          • Anthony Stein

            And why are you do obsessed with Mexico always running down the country you piece of shit gringo? If you live in Mexico and dont like it then get the fuck out! Mexicans are so sick of you gringos right now that they have a hard time hiding their contempt but have to smile at your yellow faces so not to be rude! I suggest that you go back across that border before you insult some Mexican and get what you deserve! POS gringo!

  • WestCoastHwy

    I would like more Chinese goods in mexico because they are engineered and manufactured by educated people and not uneducated hillbillies. if you were to compare mexican and chinese students, it would be very embarrassing. can’t wait until the chinese take control of this circus and train these monkeys!

    • Anthony Stein

      Monkeys?? And you think Americans are brilliant?? You hillbillies can’t even speak English properly! Southern drawls? Racist white supremist groups? Go back to America!

      • WestCoastHwy

        I go between depending on the time of year but you do have a point. It definitely is a regional thing, but it’s not the hillbillies or the rednecks you need worry about, it’s the Dixie County Line!

  • cooncats

    “Tuesday on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio show, author and University of the Arts professor of humanities and media studies Camille Paglia railed against the current state of journalism in America.

    Paglia called what she said the Democratic Party had done to journalism “absolutely grotesque” and warned it would take decades to recover.

    “It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”

    “I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK?” she continued. “And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.””

    Notice the “my party” statement in the second sentence of the last paragraph. One of your own telling the truth, libs.

    Enjoy the ride.

    • Mike S

      People who take Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as serious journalism are so far gone there is no help…and sadly with Trump our country is in serious trouble. Trump has a GOP House, a GOP Senate, and a GOP Supreme Court and still hasn’t passed any meaningful legislation. He appointed Neil Gorsuch to Merrick Garland’s stolen Supreme Court seat and acted like that was a great accomplishment. He is acting with “executive orders” because his fellow Republicans know what an ignoramus and pathological liar he is and how toxic that is going to be by 2018. This new health care bill being concocted in total privacy by the GOP Senate just might be what does in the GOP the next 4 years. I predict the GOP establishment will get rid of Trump after he signs their tax cuts. We shall see…

      • cooncats

        Goodness, you’re just all over the place, a very clear sign of TDS. Don’t blame me or Hannity for one of your fellow and very prominent liberals trashing your media.

        I doubt you’ll see anything. You are way too far gone for that. Thanks for the entertainment, though.

        Hey did you like the results in Georgia? LOL

        • Mike S

          First, anti-feminist Camille Paglia is libertarian and NOT a progressive or a Democrat. She wants her 5 minutes of fame by saying offensive things kind of like Ann Coulter. She is a an extreme libertarian ideologue who is pro abortion, pro drugs, pro prostitution, pro atheism,…kind of like Ayn Rand. Hannity used her as shill to attack “mainstream media”. What a foul excuse for a human being Hannity is.

          Was not surprised a Republican won the Georgia 6th district…it has been in GOP hands since 1979. I was surprised it wasn’t closer (4 points) because that district has a higher than average educational level. Doesn’t mean much in the big picture. The GOP somehow made it all about Pelosi and that worked. The South hates anything San Francisco. Ossoff refused to really attack Trump for the dangerous mentally ill fool he is…and that was a mistake.

          • cooncats

            Uh no Mike, look it up. Registered Democrat. There isn’t a breath in the literature about her being Libertarian. You are simply making that up.

            Mike take time to study ad hominem.

            Could you explain why if the Georgia district was such a safe bet your Democrats spent $150 per vote losing? LOL