For at least 6 weeks I have been liaising with China about a new business venture. The Chinese’s are nice people, the downside is they have a polite knack of saying yes to everything then can’t deliver the goods. So after a month and a half of talking we are ready to do business. I e mailed and asked what they needed from me to proceed, I sent an e mail back agreeing to the terms and we are set to go. Just as money was about to be sent they sent an e mail saying that what I asked for they could not do, but a cheap crappy option would be made for me.
I had been talking to a friend about the project, and when I received this e mail my blood pressure must have gone through the roof! I forwarded the e mail to my friend with a note slagging off the Chinese, stating what a lazy bunch of so and so’s (fill in the gaps) and that they are a nation of liars. Hit send. Next morning an e mail from China arrived, I had unfortunately sent the e mail to them, (oops) I had a very stern message saying they were going to report me to international trading officials and put on my notes that I am a racists!! I was mortified. A couple of hours passed and I thought I have to respond, I cant leave it like this, so I sent an e mail saying that I apologised for my use of words, I am absolutely not a racists, but it was a rant of my frustration and their fault for lying to me, stringing me along for so long when they knew all the time they could not offer me what I wanted. The next morning received an e mail, saying did I want to proceed but the price had gone up significantly, she had got the original quote wrong. Anyway, I am in talks with a company in India now, let’s see how that goes!