Planet China

Booze buying

As we reported last week, Alibaba’s Singles’ Day once again set sales records ($30.8 billion was spent during the online shopping bonanza). Millions participated and spent big on the discounted deals the day is famous for. However, the internet community has anointed one shopper as the “Singles’ Day Most Absurd Shopping” champion. The person in question is a sophomore student from Xiamen. His error was to get horrendously drunk and then visit Taobao at midnight when the bargains commenced. In what might have seemed like a good idea at the time the inebriated student bought an eight-month old female blue peacock, a pet pig and a pound of giant salamander.

When he woke the next morning – presumably with a crushing headache – he checked Taobao, only recollecting buying two sets of clothes. He was dumbfounded to see these other purchases in his “to be delivered” column. He negotiated with the stores in question to get refunds for the peacock and the pig but was told the salamander could not be returned. A reporter from Sohu tracked the student down and was told he was currently studying recipes for how he might cook the salamander.

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