YIWU, China, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 22nd China Yiwu International Commodities Fair was held in the Eastern China City of Yiwu on October 21-25, 2016. As a world capital of small commodities, Yiwu is also dubbed by netizens as a mysterious oriental power that can predict results of international events.
Predictions for the U.S. presidential race started long before the election. Quite a number of leading institutions were analyzing big data to make accurate predictions, while some election enthusiasts turned to animals for inspiration. Nevertheless, the biggest winners were the "Yiwu Prophets".
When the election result was revealed, a flag factory owner in Yiwu became an instant Internet celebrity due to his accurate prediction. As discovered, the large quantity of peripheral products used during the presidential race, such as flags, caps, T-shirts and lapel pins, were all manufactured by Yiwu factories in China. In other words, the flag factory owner knew which candidate had more supporters based on the order sizes from each side, and he said that based on the flag orders that he received, Trump would prevail.
Earlier this year, in May, keywords search rankings on Alibaba's AliExpress already showed American customers' preference. From February 1st, when the primary election started, to the date when Trump became the Republican nominee, search volume for both Trump-associated and peripheral products on AliExpress overran Hillary overwhelmingly. Meanwhile, Trump-related products on Alibaba International ran 11 pages while Hillary products only had 3 pages.
The mascots of the Olympic Games are also made in Yiwu. In 2014, Vinicius and Tom became official mascots of the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics. A year later, 500,000 Vinicius plush toys were shipped to Rio de Janeiro from Yiwu. In addition, the Vuvuzela plastic horn that were blown at 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, and the Caxirola used by football fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, as well as flags and peripheral products are all from Yiwu. In Yiwu's small commodities market, you can find everything that appeared at the Rio Olympics such as horns, footballs, sunglasses and tropical-style wigs.
In the past, the word Yiwu might have reminded people of cheap goods. But now, Yiwu's small commodities have established their reputation abroad. If you want to predict the result of some international event, you may come to Yiwu for the answer. Every year in October the Yiwu International Commodities Fair will be held, where you can find a lot more small commodities that may predict certain trends.
SOURCE Yiwu Fair