Xiaomi Global statement on Distributorship in the Philippines
Xiaomi has finally sent us a statement which clarifies the confusing distributorship issue in the Philippines.
In April and May, we published two stories that indicate the return of Xiaomi’s products in the PH market. One is under Grimalkin (MiAuthorizedResellerPH on Facebook) which is a part of the Star Paper Group based in Quezon City, while the other went by the name Mi Home PH on Facebook and Lazada.
When Mi Home PH started to gain an audience, Grimalkin then posted on Facebook saying that they are “Xiaomi’s official and sole Philippine partner”, and that Mi Home PH is “not affiliated with Xiaomi.”
Since this has caused confusion with customers, we sent out an email to our contacts in Xiaomi Global to help clear the issue. Below is the statement issued by a Xiaomi spokesperson:
Xiaomi currently does not have official distributors in the Philippines. All official announcements in the future will come directly from Xiaomi.
Based on that statement, it’s safe to assume that both companies are not “official distributors”. They can still sell Xiaomi products but cannot claim that they are the official distributor until Xiaomi says so themselves.