Chinese Developers "Destocking" Desperation: Bikini-Clad Model Car Washes, iPhones, & Alibaba Discounts

Tyler Durden's picture

We have presented numerous examples of the turmoil under the surface of China's unprecedentedly placid GDP headlines but, as The FT reports, the desperation of property developers should be the biggest canary in the coalmine that all is not well. Developers began cutting prices this year but have so far failed to revive flagging volumes and so are increasingly resorting to creative sales tactics to drum up interest. From discounts on Alibaba purchases up to $325,000 to car-washes by bikini-clad models, as "putting full effort into destocking has become the common choice of most developers. They’re still not optimistic about the market situation." So why are US investors so upbeat about China's 'recovery'?


 

As The FT reports, things are not well in the China real-estate market...

Residential property sales fell 9.4 per cent in floorspace terms in the first seven months of the year compared with the same period in 2013, according to government statistics.

 

Developers began cutting prices this year but have so far failed to revive flagging volumes. More than 30 cities have also removed purchase restrictions introduced in 2010 to restrain price growth amid public anger over high prices.

And developers are desperate...

 

Developers are increasingly resorting to creative sales tactics to drum up interest.

In the latest sign of Chinese developers’ desperation to unload inventory into a weak property market, China Vanke Co is offering discounts of up to $325,000 to homebuyers who shop on Alibaba’s Taobao, an e-commerce platform.

 

The country’s biggest developer will give discounts that match shoppers’ spending of up to Rmb2m ($325,000) on the eBay-like service. Homes in real estate developments in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing, among other cities, will qualify, according to an advertisement on Taobao’s website.

 

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An office tower in Henan province offered car washes by bikini-clad models to people who referred a friend to the building’s account on WeChat

 

A residential developer in Wuhuan offered new iPhone 6s to potential buyers who showed up at the sales office.

Not exactly signs of optimism...

“Putting full effort into destocking has become the common choice of most developers. They’re still not optimistic about the market situation,”

 

The inventory build-up may get worse before it gets better. Several developers noted in their recent half-year reports that September and November will be a peak period for new housing completions. That will add to the supply overhang and increase pressure on developers to cut prices.

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But apart from that... China's PMIs say everything's great, right?

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Deathrips's picture

I have a dollar for the tits and ass....and none for the crap i dont need.

 

The T&A will not be paid in metal either. I can imagine a 500$ an hour hooker with a wheel barrow...thinking shes rich.

 

:LOL

 

RIPS

12ToothAssassin's picture

I clicked this article for the picture and found lots of words. This is obvious fraud.

nope-1004's picture

 

 

Sales of merchandise usually fall in 3 categories:

1)  The product is needed immediately so the buyer buys it with either cash or credit.
2)  The product is not needed immediately but wanted, so the buyer may buy if better credit terms or price discount are offered.
3)  The product is a POS and no one wants it, so another product of seemingly "higher" value is given along with it to entice a sale (ie vacation, iFad)

A residential developer in Wuhuan offered new iPhone 6s to potential buyers

double lmao!!

Joe Davola's picture

Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille.

NoDecaf's picture

Am I the only one who clicked on this looking for the gratuitous bikini car wash photo?

giggler321's picture

Sold - where do I sign?

mjcOH1's picture

"A residential developer in Wuhuan offered new iPhone 6s to potential buyers

double lmao!!"

 

No Spiderman towel?

Mentaliusanything's picture

No - Not alone and I'm very pissed off at the lack of "Truth in Advertising"

Implied Violins's picture

Same, I only come here any more for the porn. Everything else scares me shitless.

Redneck Hippy's picture

DISASTER PORN

is all they serve here at hedgless zero.  Or didn't you know?

MalteseFalcon's picture

There is nothing desperate about 'car-washes by bikini-clad models'.

4shzl's picture

"Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille."

Thank you, Joe -- you made my day. ;>)

NotApplicable's picture

Funny, I don't find that 31% drop nearly as scary as the 250% rise that preceeded it. Why are smart people so fucking stupid?

SafelyGraze's picture

just go ahead and forcibly relocate those 1.6 billion eaters into the agenda21 potemkin villages already

hugs,
missus ted turner

 

HardAssets's picture

I fast forwarded through the video - - - no bikini car wash girls.

How do you say 'Freakin' rip off ! " in Mandarin ?

SILVERGEDDON's picture

You are correct, sir. 

False advertizing, is what it is !

Pitchforks, torches, tar, and feathers is the appropriate treatment for the malefactors responsible.

At least one money shot, fer chrissake, you would think.

Pissed Off on the Left Coast.  

Boomberg's picture

Isn't there more Jessica Alba news to report?

FuzzyDunlop21's picture

Alba, Alibaba. Close enough

12ToothAssassin's picture

Go watch Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill for and you'll get your Jessica Alba fix. She cant act her way out of a wet paper bag but its still worth it.

Hongcha's picture

Alba is gorgeous but Eva Green even moreso.

MalteseFalcon's picture

She can act her way out of a wet t-shirt!!

gdiamond22's picture

Awesome - Buy a home in our ghost city and we'll give you a few chicks you can't touch and a fake Iphone 6

NotApplicable's picture

I should learn to pronounce URLs better (at least I took off the search query first).

For those others similarly afflicted, you might wait until you get home.

JuliaS's picture

A developer offered new iPhone 6's? Out in China already apparently.

blu's picture

I see the Chinese didn't improve on "capitalism" much. Still greased by artfully-arranged female fat.

cougar_w's picture

I would say "show us your tits" but I see you already did.

Magnum's picture

Chinese women are really sexy in my opinion.  This might work!

QQQBall's picture

Nah, Chinese women are not sexy. Some KTown women are hot as long as they are not Catholic. I prefer japanese women.

Magnum's picture

In Shanghai a few weeks ago.  Not sure what KTown is but Shanghai women are very, very sexy this time of year it's a leg show.

Hongcha's picture

Yellow Fever since my first trip to the Phillipines, 1984.  China is in many ways like the USA 1950's. Think Mad Men - work hard and play hard and the old-fashioned virtues still apply.  I love my time over there.

The Chinese ladies have in the past ten years, due no doubt to superior protein diets, developed asses.  I remember in the mid-90's it was rare to see one whose backside did not merely appear to be the extension of her back upper leg.

Their hygeine standards are imvho higher than white girls because they taught, without shame, how to maintain themselves.  And many of them retain the virtue of wishing to please their man and enjoy doing so.  Never back for this white boy.

ebworthen's picture

Hell, I'd require all three of those girls for the night to buy an iPhone 6; and it would be a long night.

Grande Tetons's picture

I would give them the best 2 minutes they ever had. 

QQQBall's picture

2 minutes! Quit bragging; no one likes a showoff.

Grande Tetons's picture

I was rouding up by 1.97 minutes. Sorry. 

ebworthen's picture

Haven't you guys been watching the Cialis and Viagra commercials?  Four hour erection!  Why would I call the doctor?

Grande Tetons's picture

If I have an erection that lasts for more than 5 minutes 2 things have occured. 

1. I have found a way to control time. 

2. I am having sex with Nell Carter. 

hoist the bs flag's picture

5min?! whew... that is a long time. I myself, am I regular five pump chump. go long testoterone therapy.

Grande Tetons's picture

At around the 4 minute mark I start thinking about pizza and watching Rockford Files reruns. 

willwork4food's picture

LOL. U guys are a riot. Another major reason to come to ZH to get all my world news, danger porn and blue balls.

Rumple4skin's picture

So would I - but only if I had a knot in my shoelaces...

Frank N. Beans's picture

Chinese women don't have asses like those.  I call foul.