Our old plastic mandoline (i.e., vegetable slicer) had broken down to the extent that it normally cost me one finger per onion, so I found a new one at a good price from an online shop called Baking Frenzy.
I didn’t investigate where the shop was based, but it appeared to be based in the UK, given that all prices were given in pounds.
However, yesterday the postman turned up with a parcel covered in pretty Malaysian stamps, sent by a person with a Chinese name from an address in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
The slicer is absolutely fine, although it has some signs of having been intended for sale in East Asia.
I really love it when globalisation becomes almost personal like this!