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Volume 2 Chapter 23 - Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s trump card

Magic Industry Empire
     Since the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s product announcement, the companies in Banta City and the surrounding cities had followed this pattern. Each time they had a new product or a rather important product to sell, they would hold a product announcement.

    For example this week, the Sarank Chamber of Commerce from Banta City would be holding a product announcement for a line of accessories under their name. They even took it a step further and booked the Banta City square to hold quite a large exhibit, attracting countless rich people and people who didn’t have money in Banta City and the surrounding cities to see it.

    But no matter how much effort the other companies put in their product announcements and no matter how much attention they go, it couldn’t compare to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s second product announcement.

    At the first Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s product announcement, Xu Yi admitted to dating the Banta Goddess young miss Still.

    At their second product announcement, other than the new product, what kind of other shocking news would the Frestech Chamber of Commerce announce?

    Based on these thoughts, even though there were still two hours before the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s second product announcement, the Banta City market square used for the product announcement was already filled with people. Among them were reporters from Banta City, Saltan City, and Karma City.

    Even quite a few people from the further Canberra City and Norton City came after hearing the news, so it could be seen how attractive this product announcement was.

    In the crowd, the vice editor in chief Rhine of the «Karma Times» had brought two assistants to come five hours early. The came to the market square before the sun even came up just to seize a position closer to the stage.

    When he arrived, he found that there were people who came before him.

    There was no need to say it, but these people were his colleagues, reporters from other newspapers.

    As reporters who had sharp senses and more contacts than normal people, these people were naturally better at human communication.

    So after waiting for a few hours, these reporters became more familiar with each other.

    Seeing the crowd become bigger and bigger, the topics that everyone was discussing naturally fell to the product announcement.

    “Don’t you think that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s product announcement is strange this time?” The one who spoke was a reporter from Saltan City, but he wasn’t from the «Saltan Morning News», rather he was from a new newspaper called «Saltan News».

    “How is it strange?” The one who asked was a reporter from Banta City.

    Of course it wasn’t from the «Banta Times». With the relationship between the «Banta Times» and the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, they didn’t need to wait here like them.

    This reporter came from the «Sun News», which was said to be backed by the Sarank Chamber of Commerce. They normally reported on news between nobles and the newest luxury product trends.

    Because the «Sun News» focused on thi aspect, this newspaper had become the guide for rich madames and young misses in the surrounding cities, so its sales volume wasn’t low.

    “Because according to what I know, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s chairman Xu normally handles things in a low key manner. For example, he held the last product announcement at the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s service center and didn’t rent a large place like the Banta City market square. Also he didn’t send all those invitations to everyone at different newspapers, creating such a large scene.” The reporter from the «Saltan News» mysteriously said this, “My guess is that some news that will surprise us will be appearing soon.”

    The other reporters looked at each other and could see the looks of approval in their eyes. But to be discreet, no one agreed with him verbally.

    “Actually even if there aren’t any other news, just the new product the Frestech Chamber of Commerce is announcing is already enough to attract everyone’s attention, isn’t it?” Rhine thought about it before saying, “Do you know how many units the Automatic Magic Rice Cooker sold last time?”

    The crowd looked at him in surprise.

    “You know the exact number? I’ve heard that it was over fifty thousand, but if this is true, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce must have made a large amount.” Another reporter said with a sigh, “I’ve found someone to estimate the costs of this Automatic Magic Rice Cooker and it should be around one gold coins. The Frestech Chamber of Commerce is selling it for three and a half gold coins, so each one makes a profit of over two gold coins. If they sold fifty thousand units, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce has earned over a hundred thousand gold coins just from this! This is too terrifying!”

    “Fifty thousand units?” Rhine gave a cold snort, “You’re looking down on the Frestech Chamber of Commerce too much. Let me tell you, it’s this number.” Rhine reached out a finger.

    Everyone was shocked at the same time.

    “A hundred thousand units? Impossible! There are less than two hundred thousand people in Banta City, could it be that everyone bought one?”

    “Of course not. After all, other than Banta City, there are many people in our Saltan City who bought some.”

    “Un, our Karma City as well.”

    “There were also quite a few in our Canberra City.”

    “Our Norton City as well……”

    …...

    After everyone finished talking, they were shocked to find that according to everyone’s report, with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce selling Automatic Magic Rice Cookers in all these cities, it wasn’t impossible to accept that over a hundred thousand units were sold.

    “What? You believe it? Rhine gave a laugh, “Let me tell you all, when young miss Still came to our Karma City, I asked her in secret about this matter. She told me that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s Automatic Magic Rice Cooker sales weren’t that good because the Automatic Magic Rice Cooker is used for rice. The Lampuri Kingdom’s main grain produced is wheat and there is less rice produced, so chairman Xu was disappointed that their sales volume didn’t reach their estimates.”

    “He’s still disappointed?” Everyone was surprised again, “Earning over a hundred thousand gold coins from a small Automatic Magic Rice Cooker and he’s still not satisfied? Their Frestech Chamber of Commerce isn’t a top grade company like the Chimera Chamber of Commerce, they can’t earn millions with a single move……”

    “You can’t deny that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce has the possibility to become a top class company, right?” Rhine asked back.

    Everyone fell silent.

    Although their logic told them that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce was just a small company in a small Banta City of the Lampuri Kingdom. Even if they could develop, they would be limited to the strength of the Lampuri Kingdom. In the end, it would be impossible for them to become a powerful company like the Chimera Chamber of Commerce backed by the Candra Empire’s royal family.

    These were very clear of the development history of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce in the past year. They knew that this company develop very quickly, even surpassing many people’s common knowledge. For them to defy common sense again and develop to this level, it wasn’t something impossible.

    “I do feel that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce should be more practical and first become a first class company of the Lampuri Kingdom before speaking.” A reporter from Norton City casually said, “Not only Banta City, there are many companies in many cities in the kingdom that are studying magic machines right now. The Frestech Chamber of Commerce can use their advantage from being ahead to earn a large amount of money, but I don’t think these magic machines are that complicated. As long as other people are given enough time, they will be able to research more powerful magic machines than the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. When that time comes, it’ll be hard to say if the Frestech Chamber of Commerce can keep existing in the Lampuri Kingdom.”

    Everyone fell silent again.

    As reporters from various newspapers, of course they were more familiar with the changes in the various cities compared to normal people.

    This reporter from Norton City was right. There were many companies in the Lampuri Kingdom studying magic machines right now and it wouldn’t be strange for a company or several companies to surpass the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.

    “No, you’re looking down on the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s magic machines too much.” Rhine said with a faint smile, “Perhaps you think that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s magic machines seem simple, so they don’t seem difficult to copy or surpass. But based on my understanding, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s magic machines only seem simple, but aren’t simple at all. There are many companies who try to copy them, but their magic machines are much worse in terms of quality.”

    Rhine pointed at a reporter from the «Saltan Morning News», “For example, last year there was a company in Saltan City that copied the Magic Fan. Then because their fans were lacking in quality, it caused several incidents where people’s lives were even taken, creating a very bad situation for that company.

    Everyone looked at the reporter from the «Saltan Morning News» and he revealed an awkward smile as he nodded.

    “Right, there was such a matter.”

    “Other that this, last time before the Automatic Magic Rice Cooker was announced, there were many companies that made Magic Rice Cookers that were close to the quality of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s Magic Rice Cooker, so the Frestech Chamber of Commerce seized this chance to announce their new product. Did you see any other brand of Magic Rice Cookers after that?” Rhine asked again.

    Everyone shook their heads.

    “So that means the Frestech Chamber of Commerce has more cards than we thought. Not to mention that their magic machines aren’t easy to copy, even if they can be copied, they can just take out a new trick that will defeat all the challengers.” Rhine continued, “So I believe that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce will definitely become a first class company of the Lampuri Kingdom. As for whether they can become a first class company of the Sines Continent, we just have to wait and see.”

    Everyone was silent for a bit before a reporter couldn’t help teasing Rhine, “Why do I feel that you have more confidence in the Frestech Chamber of Commerce than anyone else? Could it be that chairman Xu has bribed you?”

    Rhine laughed, “The reason is very simple, it’s because I support goddess Still!”

    “Che——”

    When everyone was about to tease Rhine, they found the crowd beginning to get loud. They immediately focused themselves and looked at the center of the market square.

    A group of people were coming out of the building at the center.

    Contrary to everyone’s expectations, other than the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s chairman Xu Yi, there was also the Banta City’s City Lord Count Sean walking along with him.

    Everyone couldn’t help being surprised.

    This was the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s product announcement, why would the Banta City’s City Lord be here?

    Even if they heard that the Lord City Lord had a good relationship with Xu Yi, wasn’t it wrong to have him appear in person?

    Everyone looked at Xu Yi and Count Sean, they also looked at a person following behind Xu Yi.

    This person was different from the others. This person was covered in greyish green cloak and their face was completely covered. They couldn’t see anything at all, they couldn’t even tell their figure, so they couldn’t figure out if it was a male or female.

    In this situation, why would there be someone who completely covered themself up?

    Including Rhine, all the reporters sharpened their senses and their eyes gathered on this person who was hiding themself.

    Their intuition told them that for today’s product announcement, this person was probably the real protagonist.