Chinese consumers are embracing the sharing economy
to a larger degree than the citizens of many Western countries, according to the Statista Global Consumer Survey
. Consumers in the UK and the U.S. were very uncertain about renting items instead of buying them, with only between four and nine percent willing to rent bikes, smartphones or sporting equipment. 15 percent in both countries could see themselves making such an arrangement concerning a car, but 73 and 67 percent respectively said that renting instead of buying was not an option for them. The numbers look much the same for other European and other English-speaking countries.
Only 34 percent of Chinese consumers were rejecting the idea of a (long term) rental outright. 24 percent would consider renting a car or bike long term and the shares are also higher in other categories surveyed.
Latin American country Brazil is also a little more open to the sharing economy according to the survey, with around half of people saying they would consider renting instead of buying. Here, a high 35 percent said they would try a rental system instead of car ownership.