Today I want to talk about buying things from overseas. It is an important thing that we all have to appreciate at some point in our lives, that there is some really cool stuff in other countries that we need to covet, and eventually buy. Never mind the stuff that is readily available in the shop round the corner from our house, we need to buy stuff from the other side of the world – and wait a few weeks for it to arrive. Ok wait – I’m not doing a very good job at pitching this.
Now, we have to admit it sometimes, but New Zealand is not the centre of the universe. Yeah, blasphemy, right? Actually as much as we love our country, we do have to recognise that there are other countries out there, and they have some great products to offer. Most of the things we own come from China anyway, but there are other countries that we can buy things from.
Some of the coolest things I have decorating my house are from America, actually. There is a shop called Fathead which I head about on Twitter and they sell the best wall decorations I have seen. I got a big Star Wars death star sticker thats almost two metres squared, and it takes up most of my bedroom wall. You can buy these online using international money transfer, it has become very easy these days with so many services on the internet.
There is a lot of food to be imported as well. Belgian chocolate, Swiss cheese. French wine and German sausages. All of these go down very well, and can be delivered fresh to your door if you buy them online.
Why do I talk about this you ask? Because the world is going global, and there are so many good things around the world that you would be missing out on if you did not buy these things. Clothing made from Peruvian llamas. Fake iPads from China. Wooden clog shoes from Holland. Illegal arms from Iraq. Rugby balls signed by the Samoan rugby team – wait – what? No, we support the All Blacks still! I didn’t mean to get that international. There has to be a line drawn somewhere.
The point however is that the world has a lot to offer, that New Zealand on its own cannot provide! Sure, eat your Marmite in the morning, but put it on a pretzel from Luxembourg. Wear your All Blacks t-shirt – that was made in China. We are becoming a global community, and this global community has a global market.