I am not sure whether this the right forum to post this thread. But as it is closely related to pearl business and thus pearl industry, I thought this may be the most appropriate place.
Lately I have been rather disturbed on reading on a few pearl websites, mostly based in China... that they understate the value of the pearls being shipped out of China or call them gifts to save any "hassles in Customs". Although, on the face of it, these kinds of transactions are beneficial both to the vendors (they get more orders due to cost saving for their customers) and to the customers (as they get benefits of not having to pay duties in their country)....is this really "right"? I know right and wrong have different definitions for different people, but for people like us who try to follow all rules and laws (and there are some of those around too in the pearl fraternity, I am happy to say), are we being penalized for our honesty, rather than rewarded?
I will appreciate any comments on this issue from the pearl fraternity.