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God bless people who buy low and sell high

Arbitrage and speculation get a bad rap sometimes, but they're incredibly useful.

I'm leaving Ulaanbaatar shortly and I'll be heading to Japan. I went to stock up on some basic supplies - personable consumables and work stuff.

Strikingly, paper is really expensive here for Western-grade, Western-style paper. The local shops literally don't carry it. Instead, they have this checkered sort of paper. It's like graph paper, but with thick black lines. I prefer black ink, and after trying out one of those notebooks, I couldn't read what I'd written.

I tried some of the upscale department stores (Sky Department Store, State Department Store) and there's literally no Western-style, 60 sheet lined notebooks in the $1 to $2 range like you'd see in the USA. They have high end notebooks for $6 to $12, and they have these thin flimsy 20-page booklet-type things for around $1. I settled for the booklet.

Now, if there was the demand to make it worth it, someone importing Western style paper from China at 20 cents a notebook and selling it here for $2 per notebook would be creating a lot of value. If this presented a large enough opportunity, eventually you'd see the margins go down towards cost, as happens in almost all industries.

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DIYGamer just featured Kung Fu Kingdom as an "8BitFunding Pick".

"Kung Fu Kingdom is an RTS. However, unlike most RTS’s that require some serious micro to play well, KFK lets you draw up what needs doing, and all your minions do the nitty-gritty work. This is why I liked Darwinia so much, so it’s cool to see someone else putting a completely different spin on the concept of a Macro-Management RTS..."

8BitFunding is a recently launched funding website in the vein of Kickstarter and IndieGogo, but targeted towards video games and video gamers. Kung Fu Kingdom was lucky enough to be one of the launch products, and apparently Geoff at DIYGamer sees potential in our product! Awesome.

While you have a few spare moments (Read: NOW) head on over to 8BitFunding and drop us some change, pre-order the game, or get some other great prizes from donating.

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