Yen, a housewife in Tan Mai district in Hanoi, said that several years ago, she only bought porcelain products from Japan and South Korea for the use on Tet days, because she thought that imports were better than domestic products. However, Yen later realized that the products, in fact, were all sourced from China.
“They looked very good, but they were thin and fragile,” Yen said.
After that, Yen decided to use Vietnam made products. “I have realized that Vietnamese products are really very good, while they have reasonable prices,” she said.
“You just need to spend one million dong to buy a good tea set. The set still looks as brand new after one year of using,” she said.
Phuong, an office worker, also said that previously she always bought Chinese products, but she has changed her thoughts. “I swear that I will not use Chinese products any more after I heard that cadmium was found in Chinese products,” she said.
“Buying Vietnamese products proves to be the safest way,” she added.
Vietnam made porcelain products have become the first choice of Vietnamese housewives over the last year. With reasonable prices and high quality, Vietnamese products have dislodged Chinese out of the home market.
Hue, the owner of a porcelain shop on Ham Long street, said that the revenue from the sale of domestic products now accounts for 50 percent which has been double that in previous years. Especially, customers, who are choosy when selecting products for Tet use, now tend to choose Minh Long brand products thanks to the good design and high quality.
Also according to Hue, Vietnamese products are 20 percent more expensive than Chinese, but they are still cheaper than South Korean and Japanese products. Meanwhile, they are really good and in no way inferior to high grade imports. “Vietnamese products have been selling very well. People can buy the products for their use or as Tet gifts,” she said.
Chinese products have also been less seen at wholesale markets such as Dong Xuan, Thanh Cong or Nga Tu So. Consumers have turned their back to Chinese products, even though the products are really cheap.
Now a rice bowl is sold at 10,000-20,000 dong, while a cup is 50,000 dong, and a tea set is priced between 200,000 and 500,000 dong. Meanwhile, the imports from South Korea or Japan are tens of thousands of dong more expensive.
Hai, the owner of a porcelain shop at Thuong Dinh Market, said that she can make a profit of 20 percent if selling domestic products. Meanwhile, he can pocket 30-50 percent if selling Chinese and South Korean products. However, as Chinese products have been selling very slowly, he plans to reduce the volume of Chinese products.
Hai also said that the buyers of Chinese products nowadays are mostly the owners of street rice restaurants who try to reduce the costs. Meanwhile, housewives now do not buy these for their family use.
Ly Ngoc Minh, Director of Minh Long 1 Porcelain Company, said that Vietnam now can make high grade products using nano technology. This allows making the products with the durability which is higher by 5-10 times higher than normal products.
Phung Van Huu, Head of the Board of Management of the Bat Trang market, which specializes in distributing the products made at the craft village of Bat Trang, said that Vietnamese products have their “special identities.”
“Vietnamese people should use Vietnamese products, because they are good and safe,” Huu said.