A quick guide to fakes counterfeits rip-offs imitations & knock-offs in China from Toby

Be warned… China is notorious for fakes, forgeries and counterfeits.  Counterfeiting is now so big from a manufacturing point, officials are reluctant to shut it down completely, since it provides millions of badly needed jobs.

This incomplete historical list is just to give you insight into the breadth and array of the type of things to watch out for….

FakeFake Adidas Shoes
Known as “Dadiads” or “Adivon” or “Adidoss” or “Adddis” of “Abcids” or “sdidsa” or “Adiads” of “avivas” or “adibos” or “abibas”
FakeFake Alcohol
Various estimates suggest around 70% of all alcohol in China, rising to 80% in Shanghai, is fake.
FakeFake Apple Shops
Over 22 fake Apple stores plastered with Apple’s trademarks, layout, furniture, materials design and down to the staff t-shirts and ID tags. The illusion was so perfect that even the employees thought the place was legit.
FakeChina Fake Retail Apple WatchesFake Apple Watch
fake smartwatches copying Apple’s design started popping up in China the week of launch of the real thing. The Smart Watch by Hyperdon copies the design of the Apple Watch. In fact, it was able to connect to the iPhone, take calls, play music and more.
FakeFake Armani
known as “Anmani” or “Armwni” or “Girgio Armwni”
FakeFake Auto Parts
auto parts made in China are unreliable, dangerous knockoffs of well-known international brands. The result is shoddy goods that often make their way around the globe.
FakeFake Baby Formula
In 2004, 47 people were accused of producing fake instant baby formula that led to dozens of children dying in Fuyang, China, reported CBS News. The formula contained very few nutrients, was likely made of chalk, and made the children develop a “big head disease,” which made their heads swell and the rest of their bodies slowly deteriorate.
FakeFake Baking Soda
“Arm and Hatchet”
FakeFake Bananas
Truckloads of fake Dole Bananas called Bole Bananas were seized in 2014 in the south of China.
FakeFake Banks
Occasionally, a 2nd or 3rd tier city businessman, creates a replica storefront of a major bank, and invites locals to come and deposit money.
guide fakeBatteryDurasellFake Batteries
One-fourth of the Duracell and Energizer batteries are bogus and may only work for two days before they cut out.
FakeFake Beef (from Pork)
Because pork is less expensive in China, some restaurants have sold it instead of beef – but not before they performed some chemistry on it. What they use are a beef extract and a glazing agent to “marinate” the meat in for 90 minutes. Doctors have advised people to stay away from this fake food product as its long-term use may cause “slow poisoning, deformity, and even cancer.”
FakeChina Fake Food Rat Beef.jpgFake Beef (from Rats)
For years, thousands of thieves have been arrested for trying to sell rat meat as beef meat by mixing rat meat with illegal chemicals to process the “beef”.  Sometimes, minks, fox and dogs are used when rats are in short supply. In 2015, 382 cases were uncovered in 3 months with 20,000 tons seized. Further, the producers used banned chemicals to taint the already disease infected meat, and injected river water to pad up the weight.
FakeFake Beer
Corona and Heineken in particular, the latter known as “Heimekem” – much of this beer is made from tap water and chemicals.
FakeFake Books
Before the final Harry Potter book was released in 2007, J. K. Rowling knockoffs, including Harry Potter and the Crystal Vase and Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon, made their way to Chinese bookstores.
FakeFunny China TaoBao Rent a BFFake Boyfriends (or Girlfriends)
TaoBao is the place to go to find a temporary boyfriend as men advertise companionship starting from RMB 1,000 a day. They even charge extra for romantic activities such as hand holding, going to the cinema together, cuddles, or joint Internet surfing.
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known as “King Burger”
FakeFake Calvin Klein
known as “Calvim Klain”
FakeFake Cars
Volkswagen, Fiat,BMW, Mercedes, Buick, Hummer and even Rolls Royce fakes are throughout the highways.
FakeFake CD’s
Just a few years ago, entire shops, malls and every street corner had places to buy fake and pirated CD’s. They still exist in small numbers, and are now off the beaten track, due to the advent of internet enabled digital downloads and smartphones.
FakeFake Champagne
far less faked than red & white wine, however the Moet, Dom Perignon, and Veuve Clicquot brands have seen a growing number of fakes in conjunction with their growing popularity.
FakeFake Chewing Gum
Wrigley’s Doublemint becomes “Wrlgleys Doubiemlnt”
FakeFake Cigarettes
Most brands, often use chemicals, human excrement, asbestos, dead flies and rats to try and create a similar smoke and smell. Chinese smoke around 2.2 tril