Fake Brands (Weird News No. 4)

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    These are some of the fake brands that can be found at a new shopping mall in Nanjing, China. Maybe you'll see Rnoald McDnoald there.

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    Fake Brands Shopping Centre Set to Open in China

    By Hannah Wood

    Monday, January 1, 2009

    China has confirmed itself as the 'king of counterfeiters' with the building of a new shopping centre dedicated to fake brands.

    Some of the brand impostors at the mall in Nanjing, east of Shanghai, include a McDonalds look-a-like burger bar called McDnoald’s, a Starbucks-style coffee shop called Bucksstar Coffee, and a wannabe Pizza Hut called Pizza Huh.

    City bosses are under pressure to ban the soon-to-be opened mall after pictures of the fake stores were leaked, causing uproar amongst angry consumers who feared they'd be ripped off.

    "Not every shopper is brand conscious so a lot of people will walk into these stores thinking they are getting the real thing," said an angry shopper in a local newspaper.

    "The whole idea of this mall is plain dishonest.

    "Some fakes are done light-heartedly to be funny, but these stores look so much like the real thing people are going to feel cheated," the shopper added.

    This may be the first ‘fakes only’ mall but copycat brands are rife around the world.

    Source: Wood, Hannah. "Fake Brands Shopping Centre Set to Open in China." Mirror UK. 1 Jan. 2009. <http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/01/05/fake-brands-shoppi ng-centre-set-to-open-in-china-pictures-115875-21018152/>

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    1. cptdrinian 64 months ago | reply

      Love the "Mak Dak". That is just too funny.

    2. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Cygnus~X1 — Maybe the three-arch Big Mac had three all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, . . .

      john4kc — I'll have to check that out. I've never heard of counterfeiting whole cars. Wow!

      Pete Zarria ❄ — The next Tiananmen Square photo will have a student wearing knock-off Gucci shoes and matching knock-off Gucci handbag.

      Fionn Luk — But you can tell exactly what they are supposed to be!

      cptdrinian — I like the golden arches surrounding the duck's eyes. I think the Pizza Huh is funny too.

    3. john4kc 64 months ago | reply

      I can't find the article in my National Geographic now but if you Google "counterfeit cars china", there is plenty to look at!

    4. Ks of W 64 months ago | reply

      National Geographic has had a string of in depth articles over the past year or so on China, Russia, and Middle East. I have to read it in pieces because I get so damned depressed over their State of the Planet offerings.

    5. omnivorous traveler 64 months ago | reply

      Pizza Huh! That's rich.

      I remember when I was in Guangzhou, there was another Nike-knockoff brand that put the swoosh backwards.

    6. Lars Trebing 64 months ago | reply

      Removed from Altered Signs because I don’t see the modification. Please explain the change and resend?

    7. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      john4kc — Wow! It got 1,150,000 hits! Must be a popular subject to discuss.

      Ks of W — Is it just me or do they seem to get into things more political than they used to?

      omnivorous traveler — Maybe it was he Nike toboggan?

      TheDamnMushroom — Thanks.

      Lars Trebing — I think all the alterations were intentional by the counterfeiters. If that doesn't count, that's okay.

    8. Ks of W 64 months ago | reply

      Yeah. There is a very clear environmental bent with a soft anti-war push to the publication but the reporting is pretty in depth and, to me, worthwhile especially when they focus on what I feel are their "classic" attributes of delivering detailed essays from places far and not so far from me. I used to subscribe to Discover magazine but my opinion of what was a very scientifically valuable magazine to me soured shortly after Penthouse's founder, Bob Guccione's son, Bob Guccione Jr., bought it. Under Junior's vision, Discover was dumbed-down, crass language was dribbled in without contributing to the news story, tobacco ads were reinstated, astronomy was dropped to make room for supersize ego commentary, and bold anti-Bush rhetoric stuffed the pages. It took me two years to pull the plug on the magazine, in part because I boil over in even thinking of the Bush Administration's legacy and I love science but I did not plunk my money down for heavy handed propaganda. I don't see Bob's name on the inside cover anymore but little has changed anyway. Now, I rely on the Web and NPR for my science news and feel better educated for it. Please forgive the rant.....

    9. Colores y Sombras 64 months ago | reply

      just don't buy anything from there,haha will be hard to find a place without a chinnesse stuff

    10. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      Ks of W — I remember the environmental and anti-war viewpoints. What surprised me recently, in the last year or two, was things like their slamming of the "War of Drugs," showing how much damage it causes, how much money it wastes, how prohibition didn't work in the 20s and 30s and won't work now, how it makes huge criminal empires possible, how we have have the largest percentage of our population in prison of any nation on Earth, and so on. I don't remember them ever making anti-government social commentaries like that in the past. Maybe I just didn't pay enough attention?

      chthonic darkness — No doubt.

    11. vanedisabatino 64 months ago | reply

      muy buen trabajo,gracias por su comentario!

    12. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 64 months ago | reply

      vanedisabatino — Usted es agradable. Gracias por visitar.

    13. Sir Francis Canker Photography © 63 months ago | reply

      Not that I support this, of course, but I tend to look at this as a great creativity exercise!
      Cheers!

    14. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 62 months ago | reply

      Sir Francis Canker Jones — These people are very creative!

    15. therealshawnshawn 60 months ago | reply

      Well, as artists, we should not support it. Why? Sure its funny, but when China starts copying your art and not paying copyright dues then we won't be laughing. Ever wonder why there's no Madonna or Sting in China... there's no copyright protection. That's why they mass produce Van Gough copies instead of new art.

      ShawNshawN

    16. 懒家伙 53 months ago | reply

      China's shame!

    17. https://www.facebook.com/ArrrrtDesignPhotography 49 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nonexisting, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. https://www.facebook.com/ArrrrtDesignPhotography 49 months ago | reply

      Hahaha, keeps me laughing. Thanks a lot for having added this great shot to Nonexisting group, fake art at its best!

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