OK, "never" is a bit strong
, but often countries will have two grades of a product (this usually pertains to food and alcoholic beverages). The lower of these two grades is labeled "export
grade" and is shipped off to other countries while the top grade
is kept "in house" to be enjoyed by the native populace
It is often said that "the brie
is better in France
" or "the beer is better in Germany" this is often applied even if the only brie or beer that person has ever tried has been "import
The French (on the whole) are incredibly guilty
of this, especially when it comes to food products shipped to america. Although often this "second grade" wine
is still better than the american alternatives.
It is also true in Japan
with electronics, they only export older models of VCRs, Video Game
Systems, DVD Players, etc... outside of Japan.