I know the whole Made-in-China thing is a bad deal for our economy. But, alas, it is the new world economy. I just returned from attending the first phase of the biggest international consumer products trade show in the world last week in Guangzhou, China. I was so blown away I can't describe it. The size of this venue was overwhealmig, with 38 indoor show floors (and several really big outdoor exhibit areas) with at least 300 exhibitors on each floor, just mind boggling. I walked the show for three days, and barely covered 1/2 of the exhibits. You have never seen such a variety of unknown brands of every product you can imagine. Unfortunatly, the show is in three phases, and I attended the one that suited our business. So, the airplane stuff was probably in the second week-long phase that I could not stay long enough to attend. Regardless, the number of vendors selling stuff to the world market was astounding. And, the prices were just absurd. As a registered buyer, you get distributor price lists on eveything you inquire about, and I mean cheap is an understatement. You would be amazed at the kind of mark-ups we pay and for these Chinese products and still feel like we are getting a killer deal. So here are a few selected shots of my experience. One of the several passages between the three major halls. Notice the people movers and the golf cart transports. Lots of walking! This is the plaza inside one of the halls. I swear there were at least 1/4 million people at this show at any given moment. Yes, there were pretty Chinese girls. Typical conventtion floor scenes. In all my travels in China, this is the first time I have seen military people other than at border crossings and customs. All a show, posing. They also had platoons of these guys marching around all sychronized.