Fresh NZ air selling cheap in China at $44 a bottle
Fresh New Zealand air is selling for $44 per 7.7-litre bottle in smog-hit China - a bargain compared with the normal price of NZ$143 a bottle.
Struggling with air pollution in northern areas of China in winter, residents are paying discounted prices for "pure, hand-bottled, pollution-free, oxygen-rich air from New Zealand", according to the South China Morning Post. The bottles, which come with breathing masks, are selling for 219 yuan, down from 699 yuan.
Each bottle contains enough air for at least 180 breaths.
Bottled Canadian air is also on sale for even less than its New Zealand rival, costing just 108 yuan for 7.2-litres of "Vitality Air".
For just 5 yuan, shoppers could get a bottle of air collected in the northern seaside city of Weihai which is "absolutely pure air ... sourced from the sea or mountain, options available at no extra charge", according to one advert.
However, after buying a bottle of Canada's Vitality Air, one customer said on the retailer's website: "I don't feel much different [after breathing the air]."
In contrast, one UK entrepreneur is successfully selling cans of Beijing polluted air to people in other parts of China for $4 each.