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Gift cards - the world's worst present?

Chances are you received a few gift cards this Christmas. Or perhaps you are guilty of gifting a few yourself.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 4:58am

Days of redemption for an industry on the make

Hong Kong's coupon-cutting culture begins with housewives such as Lydia Mak.

Mak religiously buys the Oriental Daily every day - for the coupons. She skims the pages for bargains and deals, then organises the finds in her wallet.

Mak, a stay-at-home housewife and mother of 10-year-old Melody, runs a tight family budget, and it starts with coupons.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Season for the gifts that keep on giving

Take a walk in the streets outside a Beijing residential community and you will very likely run into cigarette and liquor shops decorated with advertisements reading 'high prices offered for branded cigarettes and liquor'.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

It's official: Hongkongers love a bargain

Hongkongers are a thrifty bunch - we use shopping coupons more commonly than consumers anywhere else in the world except the United States, a survey has found.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Kind vendors join fight against family hunger

Meat merchant Man Chiu-ming believes helping the underprivileged can take many forms.

He has chosen to take part in a voucher scheme that sells fresh food to beneficiaries of a service run by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Ding Can collects coupons and discount cards because ...

a. she cannot afford to buy things at regular prices

b. she loves the deals she comes across.

c. she wants to look and live like an American.

d. she is too bored with her job.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Rush as second HK yuan bond issue launched

The Ministry of Finance is paying lower-than-expected interest rates on its 8 billion yuan (HK$9.3 billion) second bond issue in Hong Kong, signalling an over-demand for yuan-denominated products.

'Our bonds for institutional investors were oversubscribed by 10 times,' said Zhang Weizhong, head of the Bank of Communications' treasury department.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Take a break from seasonal retail rush with songs of holly

Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier each year. For a break from the retailer's version of commercialised seasonal cheer, music organisation Katterwall is bringing back its traditional form of good tidings to all with a community carol singalong and concert (last year's event pictured) at the Lok Hing Lane sitting-out area (amphitheatre) in Lan Kwai Fong tonight.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Bulb coupon no help in a cubicle that's strip-lit

Lau To-kan cannot understand why her family is about to get a HK$100 coupon to buy energy-efficient light bulbs. It is no use to them, nor to tens of thousands of fellow cubicle and cage-home dwellers.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Printer held over HK$50 coupons

The operator of a printing firm has been arrested for reproducing HK$50 notes for use as promotional coupons. Officers seized more than 1,000 coupons from his workshop in the Kwun Tong Industrial Centre. Images of the notes were printed on one side only. Public transport operators had complained of people trying to pay their fares using the leaflets.

16 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Pawn your donated goods for a drink at - where else - The Pawn

The Pawn is going back to its roots. To celebrate its first anniversary as a fancy restaurant and bar, the four tenement blocks that make up the Johnston Road heritage building formerly known as the Woo Cheong Pawnshop is going to, well, pawn donations for charity.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Restaurants plan to boost business with HK$100m worth of coupons

Some 500 restaurants will dish out red packets with coupons worth around HK$100 million over the Lunar New Year holiday to boost business ahead of the expected post-festival downturn.

15 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Tasty offer

Coupons for snake soup and glutinous rice were offered in Mong Kok yesterday, courtesy of the United Labour Chi Hong Association. The 1,000 people who received a coupon can claim soup and rice at the association in Sham Shui Po.

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Eateries plan HK$20m incentive package

Dining out during Lunar New Year may be a rewarding experience in more ways than one, as plans are under way for restaurants to dish out red packets with a total value of more than HK$20 million and goodie bags.

31 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Quick buck vs stability

A senior business reporter at the South China Morning Post looks at how stocks and bonds can help balance your portfolio

Retail investors commonly invest in both stocks and bonds, but what's the difference? Why is everyone so excited about the stock market? Isn't the bond market going up as well?

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am