Disguised SK Cosmetics Popular in Markets

first_img SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Disguised SK Cosmetics Popular in Markets AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] NewsEconomy News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR South Korean cosmetics produced in Chinaare being sold in North Korean markets masked as products from Southeast Asia,the Daily NK has learned. According to a local source, this is becauseresidents commonly believe Chinese cosmetics are inferior in quality and SouthKorean products are illegal, leading to such cover-up methods.“In fall, a lot of women buy skin-careproducts, and there are also a lot of weddings, so many buy cosmetics toinclude in ceremonial gift exchanges,” a source basedin North Hamgyung Province told the Daily NK on October 30th. “There are a lot of different types in the marketplace, but productsfrom Southeast Asia are the most popular.”“Most people know that Southeast Asian cosmetics actually means the products are from South Korea,”she added. “The name of the product is written inEnglish, but inside, there are instructions written in Korean, so a lot ofpeople know to look for Southeast Asian cosmetics.” According to the source, when going throughcustoms, the Korean instructions are not included, but rather added in when they go onsale at the market. Selling South Korean products is strictly banned, somerchants have been using these methods as attempts to evade the crackdowns.“The distributors are basically smugglingin semi-packed goods from China to get by surveillance,” the source said. “Consumers have now cometo realize cosmetics from Southeast Asia are actually South Korean, seeing thatthe instructions are written in Korean, so stalls that sell cosmetics arebustling with people.”“South Korean cosmetic sets, unlike Chinesegoods, have up to 15 different products ranging from essence [moisture infusionto prep skin for other products], skin toner, hair mousse, shampoo, andconditioner,” the source explained. In time for weddingseason in the North, the “Southeast Asian cosmetics” havebecome essential goods for ceremonial gift exchanges, pushing prices up to1,000 RMB from 700 RMB.“These cosmetics from ‘Southeast Asia’ notonly have great whitening effects, there is no surveillance on them in themarketplace, which is why they sell well,” the sourcesaid. “Many women now say it’smore important to save money on food and use good cosmetics, which is why it’s likely sales for these good will climb.”Meanwhile, Eunhasu[milky way], manufactured in Pyongyang’s cosmetics factories, and Bomhyanggi [scentof spring],produced in factories in Sinuiju, are both madewith natural ingredients, receiving good reviews locally. However, the source asserted that as most areexported overseas, few North Korean women have the opportunity to use them.center_img Facebook Twitter News News By Daily NK – 2014.11.03 2:53pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img

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