Air-Filled Snacks and Lethal Cars – Korean Consumer Woes

Article from NEWSis:

On September 28th, university students are making a 'snack boat' in Jamsil to protest over-packaging by domestic snack companies.

On September 28th, university students are making a “snack boat” in Jamsil to protest over-packaging by domestic snack companies.

From “Nitrogen Snacks” to “Lethal Weapon Cars,” Consumers Strike Back.

Recently a “nitrogen snack boat” performance by university students, done in protest of domestic snack companies, has become a big issue.

“Nitrogen snacks” is a new word satirizing the fact that a majority of snacks made by domestic snack companies are mostly filled with nitrogen rather than contents themselves.

This situation can be interpreted as consumers turning their backs on over-packaged domestic snacks and their soaring prices. It has been an issue for years.

Especially as there is a stark difference in the contents of domestic snacks and imported ones, there have been complaints that domestic snack companies deceived Korean consumers.

According to the survey of over-packaged domestic snacks by Consumer Research last year, which conducted research on 20 kinds of snacks from 4 domestic snack companies, it has been estimated that 85% (17 out of 20) were less than half-full.

As more and more consumers distrust snack companies, many people re-import domestic snacks using international sites, creating an ironic situation.

Besides, as imported snack markets spring up everywhere, bringing along with them public consumer support, domestic snacks have lost their popularity.

Kim Eun-ji (29), who opened an imported snack store in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, said the major reason for imported snacks’ popularity is the price, typically 2x cheaper than domestic snacks.

This kind of consumer backlash isn’t only toward domestic snack companies.

On September 28th, university students crossed Hanriver with boat made of snack with nitrogen to pretest domestic snack companies.

On September 28th, university students crossed Han River with boat made of snack bags to protest domestic snack companies.

Recently two members of the girl group Ladies’ Code passed away because a tire fell off their car.

The stability the domestic-made car industry has been questioned after it was found out the car they were riding in was made in Korea.

For years, domestic cars have been labeled “lethal weapon cars” and have caused serious distrust among consumers and prompted boycotts.

More than anything else, the rising number of cases of car problems and car accidents has resulted in consumer safety fears over Korean-made cars.

According to a study by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport made by Kim Tae-won, a representative and member of the parliamentary Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee, it was found that 176 of the total 417 reported sudden unintended acceleration occurrences were cars from Hyundai Motors.

Hyundai Motors was followed by 69 cases from Kia Motors, and 61 cases from Renault Samsung Motors.

On the other hand, the number of incidents occurring in imported cars was 15 from BMW, 12 from Toyota, and 9 from Mercedes-Benz.

On October 3th, two members of a girl group 'LADIES'CODE' died after the car they took hit a protective wall on the shoulder of a road.

On October 3rd, two members of the girl group Ladies’ Code died after their car hit a protective wall on the shoulder of a road.

Korean-made electronics and home electronic appliances were also not an exception.

The price gap of smartphone prices between domestic and international sales was around 300,000 won at the highest, which shows that the tyranny of big companies taking advantage of Koreans has reached a significant level.

To stand against seemingly unending tyrannical behavior of big companies, consumers have raised their voices.

Consumers have begun to learn smarter shopping, such as buying products directly from an international site or comparing prices and amounts of products.

Choi (29),who often buys things from international sites, says, “If I care about both price and quality, I tend to buy most products from international sites rather than in Korea.”

Experts point out that the major cause of this situation is a societal structure based on export industries.

Yoon-mi Jo, the director of the headquarters Green Consumer Network in Korea, “As domestic companies targeted international consumers due to an industrial structure focusing on exports, domestic consumers who had trusted domestic companies felt betrayed and turned their eyes to the international market.”

“As the number of wiser consumers is growing, they will turn away from domestic products with exaggerated prices or minuscule amounts, and purchases will be made on the international market despite the risk,” she added.

Comments from Daum:


Every domestic snack company should apologize for what they have done. Are you selling nitrogen or snacks? Snack companies cheating consumers for easy money will rejected by consumers.


Consumers are taking a stand against nitrogen snacks, weapon cars, and distribution law revisions.


We don’t call all the domestic cars lethal weapon cars, only Hyundai and Kia. Don’t water it down and write a correct article.


If companies don’t know the time when companies sold products by appealing to patriotism is gone, they should be kicked out. If a product is expensive, don’t buy it. And then the price will go down.


Sudden unintended acceleration! The Korean court of law said there was zero sudden unintended acceleration. Korea is so funny. The Judicial branch, Executive branch, and Legislative branch give companies and their heavy shareholders top priority. This is Korea. Democracy was already trampled on a long time ago by capitalism and companies.


What is patriotism for? I bought domestic products because they were cheap but not anymore.


You reap what you sow. It’s time to change the current situation.


“Prosumer” is the answer. When all the people are “prosumers,” the tyranny of big companies will become powerless. You should be a “prosumer” not only to gain economic freedom, but also to take steps in the direction of consumer rights.


If we find a domestic snack that sells in foreign countries, it contains a large amount of contents, and a price is also cheap. Cars for export is far safer and better quality. Domestic snacks are expensive with a small amount of contents, and domestic cars are such a poor quality. That’s why imported snacks are popular. They have less amount of nitrogen than domestic ones so they can make us drown, ke ke.


Guys who did a nitrogen snack performance should have called CNN and AFP for a bigger effect, ke ke.


To use imported products, this is real patriotism.


Dr. You (a snack brand) lowered the price when sales went down. Now some snacks by Dr. You cost 3,000 won when bought in threes. Companies won’t go back to normal unless sales are down. If consumers act like pushovers nothing will change. It’s old-fashioned for companies to appeal to customers’ patriotism by only using domestic products. Companies trying to rip off customers with worse than Chinese products should fail.


People can live once big companies, especially Samsung, fail. Otherwise Korea will be the slave of Samsung forever.


Big companies are doing shit believing people are going to buy their products. Let’s boycott domestic products.


That’s why I use iPhones.


What was Saenuri saying, some shit about the trickle down effect to Korean people? Is there anything but pain, depression, distrust, and anger?


The best way is to import foreign-made products with good prices and high quality.


Domestic consumers are considered dumb. Price is always going up without any agreement…


Companies will be enlightened once buyers shouting out patriotism are. Patriotism? What is the use of it to companies regarding consumers as dumb? They might kill us. Don’t buy nitrogen snacks, cars with full of flaws or expensive smartphones. Let’s rather buy cheap Chinese stuff. Then domestic companies will realise something.


Are we supposed to make snacks at home, can we actually live well without snacks, buying imported cars, and buying electronics from international sites? Both the government and companies think everyone is a dumb ass!

Article from NEWSis:

Will “Nitrogen Snacks” Remain Infamous? Government Amends Packaging Rules.


The government has begun to amend regulations regarding packaging of confectionery products recently tangled up in packaging issues.

On October 9th, according to Ministry of Environment, a service providing a package standard for different kinds of products will be set up within the next month to prevent over-packaging, reduce packaging waste, and promote recycling.

Regulation of snack packaging has always existed. However, it didn’t reflect reality and many companies also took advantage of regulations, resulting in the infamous “nitrogen snacks.” The Ministry of Environment is planning to amend the related regulations so that it is applicable to snack packaging.

Ministry of Environment is actively taking part in an over packaging issue of snacks as it has been a problem for a long time.

When Ministry of Environment surveyed a package situation among 62 kinds of snacks (41 domestic ones and 21 imported ones) from June to August in 2011, it has been found out that domestic products used averagely 2.5 times bigger package (at the most 6.5 times bigger)by an excessive use of shock-absorbing materials or air injection.

From 2011 to 2013, for 3 years, the number of cases of over packaging violation by domestic snack companies was 577 cases, and the imposed fine was about 1.4 billion.

The number of cases was 159 cases(the fine was about 375 million) in 2011, 227 cases (the fine was about 518 million), and 191 cases(the fine was about 564 million) in 2013. Most of them violated the number of package or the packing rate.

30~35 % of domestic waste in a year consists of packaging waste. If the amount of package is reduced, it can help not only preserve environment but also lower the cost of living.


Regulations, however, have many weak points.

Because the regulation is not related to contents, but the percentage of the first layer of packaging to the whole package. Besides, there are too many exceptions which are criticized as snack company “indulgences.”

One of the major problems is that shock-absorbing materials, trays, and other items used to keep the contents safe are included in the first layer of packaging, so relatively less empty space remains.


Jin-ju Baek, department head at Consumer Research, “Existing regulations to ban excessive packaging and save materials is not working well. More enforcement of the law is needed, since domestic companies are not working as hard as foreign companies to upgrade voluntarily.

A representative from the Ministry of Environment explained that, “In order to reduce over-packaging, we will hear the opinions of experts, businesses, and citizens. We will carry out improvements in regulations related to layers and amount of packaging.

Comments from Naver:


Regulate false advertisements like “Made-in-Korea Rice” with a product that contains 1% Korean rice.


Have you ever touched a bag of potato chips? It is just like a balloon!


Snack companies argue that injecting nitrogen is inevitable for keeping contents safe. But imported snacks are fine, and they’re not full of preservatives.


We should prepare a bill regulating the contents of snacks to be over 90% like other countries do.


Go away domestic companies thinking Korean consumers are dumb.


It reminds me of old snacks of Korea. At that time they were full, and sold well without nitrogen. One day, the snack companies reduced the amount in the packages, and raised the price. I really hope all the domestic snack business fail.


This is the end. The government is trying to do something, and so the snack amount will increase. But so will the prices, saying it is just due to “price rationalization.” Soon the price of snacks will start at least from 2,000 won up to 5,000 won.


The number of violation cases was 577 but the fine was less than 1.5 billion… This is why they are doing shit. If I were them I would keep selling nitrogen even though I pay a fine. This situation is all because of law makers taking a bribe and overlooking the violations. The assholes running companies and those asshole lawmakers are one in the same.


Let’s actively import foreign snacks. What good is patriotism if it just makes fun of citizens?


A snack boat, ke ke. It made me laugh all day, ke ke.


A good example of a peaceful protest, ke ke.


An imported snack shop just opened near to our store. Bye-bye “nitrogen snacks.”


Foreign snacks are the truth. Domestic snacks don’t taste good but only their stock values are going up. And chocolate by Lotte or Orion- why do domestic ones have of vegetable fat and oil while the export versions use cocoa butter?


Once you eat imported snacks, you never eat domestic ones, ke ke.


Isn’t a domestic snack so multi-use that it could be use as a life saver in an emergency? See, this is a brilliant idea that foreigners haven’t thought of.

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  • Xman2014

    The article states:

    “According to a study by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport made by Kim Tae-won, a representative and member of the parliamentary Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee, it was found that 176 of the total 417 reported sudden unintended acceleration occurrences were cars from Hyundai Motors.”

    Are they freaking serious? Hyundai-KIA has a 65% of old and new auto market share, of course, if there are any problems, they’re going to find more problems for the auto maker with the biggest share of the market in the country. 176 reports of sudden acceleration out of 10’s of millions of Hyundai cars on the road currently, is actually pretty good.. no actually it’s not even a problem…but…. lol.. who wrote this garbage?

    It further states:

    “Recently two members of the girl group Ladies’ Code passed away because a tire fell off their car. The stability the domestic-made car industry has been questioned after it was found out the car they were riding in was made in Korea.”

    Except that the it’s never been established what the real cause of that crash was. But based on the fact that so many Kpop singers in the recent history, who have been injured in car accidents due to reckless driving by their managers in the wee hours of the mornings in bad weathers trying to make impossible schedules, I’m betting that the driver was half asleep at the wheels, during the bad weather and crashed the car, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the brand of the car.

    Once again the journalistic integrity (or lack thereof) of Korean papers shines through.

    • 금정산

      I agree. Netizens complaining about big companies false misrepresenting their products via a logically flawed article misrepresenting the facts.

      How can people with the highest level of math and “the most scientific language in the world” believe this Krap?

    • Guest1

      “176 reports of sudden acceleration out of 10’s of millions of Hyundai cars on the road currently, is actually pretty good.. no actually it’s not even a problem…but…. lol.. ”

      so 176 sudden acceleration cases where people’s lives are endangered isn’t a problem? mind you thats 417 cases in total where something has or could have gone deadly. i think the people’s discontent and dissatisfaction is warranted and it IS a problem.

      additionally, though not precisely discussed in the article, I believe this is just a reflection of what the issues that S. Korea faces these days with the lack of regulations by the gov’t due to their rapid economic expansion. safety measures are being jeopardized at the hands of greedy people and the gov’t needs to place stricter sanctions and regulations.

      • Xman2014

        I suggest you read the entire article which says, out of 417 sudden acceleration cases, 245 were from Hyundai-Kia. It goes onto say:

        “More than anything else, the rising number of cases of car problems and car accidents has resulted in consumer safety fears over Korean-made cars.”

        If Korean cars are unsafe because of 245 sudden accelerations cases (in which most of them are probably driver errors, as proven in other countries) out of twenty million cars on the road, then I’d hate to know what that would make the automakers like Toyota and Ford who have had extensive sudden acceleration lawsuits in United States. Are those makers unsafe cars as well?

        What makes me laugh is this beauty:

        “On the other hand, the number of incidents occurring in imported cars was 15 from BMW, 12 from Toyota, and 9 from Mercedes-Benz.”

        Of course no mention anywhere that 90% of all cars on the road in Korea are probably Korean makes. Of course Korea now has higher percentage of foreign imports in the new car market, but they are relatively a very recent phenomena. This is the same as complaining about the absolute rising foreigner crime numbers in Korea, but failing to mention the crucial factor that the foreigner population in Korea also doubled in the last five years.

        • facts

          Korean cars are rubbish and are known to be relatively unsafe compared to other national brands

    • guk

      once again integrity goes out the window when it come to korean nationalists. HOW DARE NEWSPAPTERS REPORT THE TRUTH?! HYUNDAI IS BEST BRANT IN THE WORLD!!

    • Kim

      Our Korean cars are shit just admit it, being such a patriotic defensive Korean just makes you look stupid. The actual number of faulty cars could be higher considering all the bloody censorship in Korean news.

  • 금정산

    I’d like to know which foreign snacks were compared to which Korean snacks. A bag of potato chips in any country will be filled mostly with air. This is nothing new. It gives customers more satisfaction when picking up the product and the illusion of quantity. Big whoop…

    Are Koreans really annoyed about their snacks in comparison to foreign snacks, or is this about the domestic preeminence of conglomerates and consumers demanding more choice in the market?

  • vonskippy

    Maybe more Koreans should start taking DRIVING LESSONS.

    • guest

      ….and more Americans should stop kissing Israeli ass

      • vonskippy

        @guest – hey motard – where did you read Israeli in the article this thread is about? I think you’re at the wrong website – you’re looking for

      • Joe

        That comment came from way out of left field..

    • tomoe723

      Haha. Back in the states, Koreans failed the DMV field test more than other Asians combined when getting a driver’s license. I had this Korean friend who took the test 3 times before finally getting her license. >_<

      • Robotext

        Where do they give out statistics on failed U.S. DMV tests? I would think the racial selection would be under Asian or Pacific Islander rather than Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.

        • tomoe723

          No actual statistics, more like “common” observations and limited to female Korean drivers… haha!

          • CK7

            You admit to no actual statistics, but yet you say shit like “Koreans failed more than other Asians combined”. Based on only “common observations”? This is a joke right? How many have you actually observed among 1.7 million Koreans living in the states? So far, you made 1 example of observation based on your Korean friend who failed. Haha!

          • tomoe723

            It’s not shit dear… it’s common. And I didn’t say shit about them, I’m just stating observations. It’s not just 1 friend, it’s a lot others I don’t know personally. And who knows why they fail so much… my friend thinks the DMV has something against Korean drivers in general. You’re the one assuming shit about things.

          • CK7

            No data to backup any of your assertions, but the only thing you can say is it’s “common”. And now you add “not just 1 friend, it’s a lot others I don’t know personally”? At this point, you’re portraying yourself as a shithead. Your friend thinks the DMV has something against Korean drivers in general? As if they can tell the Asians apart. Now I’m the one assuming things? I asked for data, all you do is imply “common observations, friend, and now a new one you just added which is others you don’t know personally”. Who’s the one assuming here? And, what other shit can you pull out of your stinking arse? Haha!

          • tomoe723

            Wow, you mad at me bruh? Did I ever tick you off in the past, sorry I forgot all about it already. lol.

            You assume too much… so what, I got no data, I just stated an observation which is common among Koreans in the US. Go take your issues up with them if you’re that angry about this. Or better yet, see a therapist and sign up for anger management.

            I sense a troll a mile away already. Shoo! Be gone troll! Lol!

          • CK7

            Nah, fyi…not mad at all since that’s what you’re ASSUMING…..haha. You made the claim that Koreans have the highest failure rate among ALL the Asians COMBINED, that’s a HUGE ASSUMPTION, is it not? Pot calling the kettle? LOL! You come up with this absurd conclusion based soley on your observation with no data. And your observation is based on “your friend and lot of others that you don’t know personally (which you happen to just conveniently add in the following response). 1.7 million Koreans living in the states, do you observe their field driving tests as a hobby? Sounds like a fun gig….haha.
            It’s always a convenient way out to call out a “troll” when you’re backed up against a wall.
            Honey, if you weren’t so dense, I might dance a little longer with you. =)

          • nitrostat

            AHAHA … YOU JUST INVALIDATED YOURSELF… ROFL… atleast lie and tell him you got it off some website… now you basically told him that you got this “data” from a opinionated subjective point of view!!

        • I love to eat the cheese

          I think that what can be said is that if Koreans drive anything like they do in Korea when they get to the US, they probably do fail a lot. Korea, acountry with such nice wide, 8 lane roads, and still people drive like it’s their first day behind the wheel of the bumper cars at a fair.
          Chinese are awful drivers too, but they have the excuse of terrible roads and world beating traffic. Koreans are just terrible drivers.

  • Trece

    You can feel the refreshing air when you open the bag~
    Actually, “air/nitrogen snacks” are a global “problem”

  • HaydenG

    Oh! How evil of them.. they offered a certain product at a certain price and people voluntarily bought it!

    Korean companies aren’t purposely giving Koreans worse stuff.. Every company in the world attempts to provide the least product possible for the highest price possible. If Korean snacks are expensive and mostly air that’s Korean people’s faults for being willing to buy them not the companies fault for giving people what they are willing to buy.

    • tomoe723

      Whatever happened to consumer protection laws. I guess they don’t exist in your world, huh?

      • vonskippy

        Is the weight printed on the product wrong? If so, then consumer protection laws apply, if they’re accurate, then it’s buyer be ware.

      • HaydenG

        Government regulations on how much chips should be in a bag?

        How about a government regulation on how many dumb comments you can post per day

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        • tomoe723

          Wow, such a smart comeback! Let me give you a cookie!

          Consumer protection laws don’t just apply to product labels and such, there are also industry standards to comply with. You keep blaming the consumers, but the companies also need to be checked and balanced. If there aren’t laws yet that do so, then make one! Idiot!

          • HaydenG

            So there needs to be a regulation for everything? Because why, you just hate a functioning economy..

            You do realize that every single regulation and law there is hurts the economy right? It means companies spending more trying to comply with the regulation and thus hiring less workers.

            The less regulations the better.

          • 금정산

            Better for who?

          • HaydenG

            anyone who likes having lots of job opportunities? anyone who likes products to be affordable? jeeze am I the only one in here who’s taken a college economics course?

          • 금정산

            Since you would know, you can explain why compliance with regulations hinders companies hiring workers. You’ve said: “It means companies spending more trying to comply with the regulation and thus hiring less workers.”

            Also, I would refer quality products at reasonable prices than cheap products that don’t comply to people’s reasonable expectations.

          • tomoe723

            Sacrificing product quality at the the expense of employment and wages? Cost cutting to improve sales profit? Wow, your economics professor must have sucked real bad, or you were probably sleeping in class.

          • tomoe723

            Unfortunately people aren’t angels, and companies are comprised of people. If they were, we wouldn’t need any laws or regulations. And I wasn’t asking to regulate everything, maybe that’s what you fear? Do you detest laws that much? You consider yourself perfect?

            Like the comment below me, better for who?

          • Chucky3176

            There are regulations that says companies must print the weight of the snacks not including the packaging. What more regulations do you want? If consumers are stupid enough to buy their products based on what the packaging looks like, then they deserve to be fooled. It’s called consumer awareness, something that needs to be taught in Korea. Education, not more regulation, is what we need.

          • tomoe723

            So Korea is considered 1st world right? By economic standards?

            I’m sorry but I still would side with the consumers with your argument. It’s still victim blaming. Sure more awareness is needed, but what about products targeted for kids, so we’re blaming the kids for being kids?

          • Chucky3176

            Answer the question, what regulations are you referring to? Be specific. It’s easy to say we want more regulations but it’s another thing when you have to come up with one.

          • tomoe723

            Sheesh, I’m not a lawmaker. But obviously, the problems stated in the article above allows some industries to fool the consumers with their “nitrogen or air-filled snacks”. So OBVIOUSLY, somebody should put a stop to that. And OBVIOUSLY, consumers or the public can’t seem to do anything about it. (or they could if they were educated). SO OBVIOUSLY, what is there left to do? Just allow everything to continue happen and act as if nothing is wrong… that seems to be almost everyone’s idea here. Hopeless case I guess.

            Or wait, maybe somebody else with authority can do something, hmmm like maybe the government? Go figure.

          • Chucky3176

            Air filled snacks are necessary when they’re in plastic bags, to keep the chips from being crumbled easily. That’s a practice done by all chip making companies in the west as well. If you live in a western country, next time, go over to your local grocery store and pick up a bag and see for yourself, they are all air filled. It sounds like you’re the one uneducated. The labels clearly are marked with the weight of the chips which the consumers can use to compare prices. That is the only logical regulation a government can do without turning into a communist style micro managers who strangle the economy.

  • commander

    Over-packaged, half-filled snacks remain unchanged despite rising public furor as the confectionary industry is dominated by a few firms, with almost no competition for a greater share of the market with better snacks, and regulators reluctant to take stronger regulatory moves for what they see as requiring political decision from the top.

    Coziness and smugness revealed by the dominating market players who have been enjoying handsome profits without struggling to improve their food items prompt a growing number of consumers to make overseas online purchases.

    But this is not enough.

    Without detailed obligatory guidelines on over-packaged products and, more importantly, a policy of increasing competition among the market-controlling confectionary firms, the public display of consumer discontent will not be likely to be a driving force for changes.

    No where adverse effects from oligopolistic market is better unearthed than the local auto market.

    In the face of the fierce competition overseas, which is called perfect competitive market using economics terminology, South Korean auto giants manufacture models with good parts and export them overseas for much cheaper prices while the same models as exports are made with worse parts and charge locals higher prices.

    Before local marker opening by multiple free trade agreements, there had been no measures to prevent big automakers from exploiting their dominant role in the local automobile market.

    The free trade agreements, especially with the United States and Europe, boosted hopes for locals that imported cars with much lower tariff-free price tags will make a difference in the local car market.

    To sadness of many prospective car purchasers, prices of local and imported cars shows no noticeable reduction.

    Why prices remains unchanged, unlike free trade champions’ argument that free trade will increase consumer welfare by allowing them to get a wider array of products at cheaper prices?

    Foreign auto exporters recognize that if cashing in on prevalent vanity in South Korea–meaning the higher prices are, the better local customers see it as, they can reap great profits here without bring prices down–a shrewd tactic that proves increasingly right.

    To figure out how to address this deceptive but quite effective tactics, we need to take a close look at Kakao Talk.

    The representative of the No. 1 online messaging app operator recently announced that it will not offer exchange records by users to prosecutors, which had pledged to monitor online exchanges between smartphone users as part of efforts to quash groundless rumors.

    The prosecution’s vow came after President Park Geun-hye said in a meeting that defaming remarks go viral online these days and that I think online disparagement goes overboard.

    Taking a cue from presidential remarks, prosecutors announced its plan to enhance online monitoring in what many South Koreans describes as privacy invasion and government censorship.

    In the first place, Kakao Talk said that it will comply with requests of information from the prosecution.

    That announcement heightens fear of privacy invasion among the app users, many of whom choosing to switch to Telegram, a Russian app known for its tight privacy protection features as Telegram doesn’t store any exchange messages in their servers thus unable to obey requests from law authorities.

    Called “Cyber Exdous,” Kakao Talk users’ departure for Telegram caused the Kakao Talk representative to announce that it will prioritize private protection over prosecutorial requests, and that it will refuse to take information requests if the prosecution don’t suggest court-ordered search and confistication warranty.

    The announcement highlights people’s victory, which is made possible by their vociferous protests against the Kakao Talk’s initial response, and prompt actions to abandon the local app in favor of the Russian one.

    The same kind of victory driven by the users’ calls for change and resolute actions may be repeated for confectionary and auto industries, though consumers may struggle to find alternatives to local brands.

    Regulators should pay heed to people’s voices and reflect them in their policy formulation in no time.

    • Chucky3176

      “Why prices remains unchanged,”

      Have a look at the Korea’s ancient distribution system where layers and layers of distributors take their cuts. After everyone is done taking their share of the profit, they have to raise the prices. Of course, the logical thing to do then is to revamp this system. But then you’ll run into the good old socialist logic that big companies shouldn’t be making too much money and everyone needs to be equal. So they put in stupid laws like big chain stores can’t remain open on some days, or big stores can’t sell certain items in their stores, so that small players can have a better chance of sales. That’s one example. All these anti-market policies have a big running effect on the prices in the end.

      • commander

        If your argument is right, is there any strategy to put your idea into action in defiance of market supremacy believers?

  • tomoe723

    No news yet on the 4Minute concert ventilation deaths?

    • Anna Joy

      We will have one soon. We typically wait for the story to unfold for a few days before posting a translation. Sometimes it takes a bit for the comments to build up as well.

      • tomoe723

        Oh okay. Thanks, I’ll be waiting then.

  • Yaminah Jamison

    Well that’s why if I buy any type of snacks for myself, I go to the cheapest store selling them. They’re all usually filed with air and wanna be around $3-$5.

    I’m surprised of the delayed mention of Girls’ Code. I’m not really much into kpop but when I read about that, it was pretty sad and unfortunate. Though that can was pretty faulty with its tire, I did hear the driver was going faster than the speed limit, it was raining and no one wore a seat belt. Was that tire the same one with which it was bought with, or a third party did? But yeah, the other things I mentioned wouldn’t exactly prevented everything that happened, but maybe those should be considered too instead of quickly only blaming the car and where it was made. Last time I went to Korea, pretty much every car I see was either a Kia or a Hyundai (and some sort of neutral color) Unless a very big decrease of domestic cars being bought happened since 7 years ago, it would be very probable that it would be a domestic car. Just the article made it seem like that’s when people started to talk about the incident simply because of where it was made…

    • Xman2014

      Even if the tires were original, poor maintenance would have blown the wheels out. Some people are too cheap to replace worn out tires, nor care about maintenance to make sure the tires are inflated properly. We’re talking about Korea here, so believe me when I say, Koreans don’t care about those little everyday safety things. I mean look at the fact that they didn’t even wear seat belts as perfect example. But they sure like to blame something that’s evident superficially. All the car accidents in Korea involved Korean cars, so it must mean Korean cars are not safe… duh…. the common sense or the lack thereof is simply amazing. Because that’s the extent of analyzing the data, that’s problematic in Korean media, which leads to brainwashing of the public.

      • Dai nihon teikoku chōsen

        yep, must be the people’s fault, nothing wrong with Korean products because Korea don’t make faulty products. period.

        • Burakumindes

          I bet you didn’t know that the tires were Firestone tires, made in Japan.

        • Chucky3176

          What are you yammering about? The investigation with the car’s blackbox already showed the driver speeding well over 137km/h on 100km/h maximum, on a slippery rainsoaked road, and the tire coming off the vehicle after the driver losing control and the car collided with the road divider. Go back to your 2ch hole.

  • dwdwdw

    I dont understand what the fuss is about with the packaging of snacks. The weight is printed on the back, so the consumers know exactly how much they are buying.The products is sold by weight, not by volume, which I think is also printed on the back. Nitrogen filled packets keep the snacks from crushing, so when you open it, the contents still looks good and fresh. I cannot comment on the quality (taste/ ingredients) of the domestic vs imported snacks.

    • commander

      What makes people angry is that Korean snacks have less content and are more expensive than almost same western snacks or exported ones.

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