Vuvuzela sales pick up in China, noises too   2010-06-17 16:59:16 FeedbackPrintRSS

by Sportswriter Wang Yanlin

BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Vuvuzela has become one of the biggest-selling items on China's biggest online platform for shopping.

When Chinese merchants make money out of the trumpet,some Chinese citizens begin to complain about the noises it creates.

Many shop owners choose to sell vuvuzelas at China's biggest online trading community, A shop owner from Shantou of southeast China's Guangdong province, where the horns are made, sells a alarming 2,333 pieces in past 30 days.

A shop owner wholesaled more than 1,000 pieces Saturday to sell at Taobao. Untill now, he has sold more than 80 pieces, which is "far beyong his expectations".

One of his buyers who bought 20 pieces at a time said that he wanted to attract soccer fans to his pub with vuvuzela supplied for them, Beijing Morning News reported on Thursday.

The manufactring cost of each vuvuzela is reported to be between RMB 0.65 yuan to 2.5 (about 0.1 to 0.36 U.S. dollars), but is mostly sold at more than 10 Yuan on Taobao. Still it attracts lots of soccer fans as a must-have item for them.

"It is really hard to blow a vuvuzela, but some enthusiastic fans keeps blowing it until losing their voice," a online shop owner was quoted as saying by Xinmin Evening News on Tuesday.

In Chinese cyberspace, vuvuzela arouses heated discussions. Some fans even suggested that vuvuzela should be one of the must-have items for spectators of the Chinese Super League, the new season of which is to kick off in mid July.

But not every one loves the "magic horn" which produces over 100 decibels of noise each.

"I was awakened at three in the morning by great noises from the neighborhood. Then I found some people blowing vuvuzelas long and loud, as Brazil has just scored one goal," a citizen Lin in Hangzhou, capital city of southeast China's Zhejing province, was quoted Thursday as saying by local newspaper Qianjiang Evening News.

"I hate people blowing it in midnights," said Lin.

Editor: Yang Lina
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