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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Last updated on: November 19, 2010 11:46 IST

Image: Counterfeit goods seized by the US government.
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters.

China is a haven for fake goods.

From 2004 to 2009, China accounted for 77 per cent of the aggregate value of fake goods seized in the United States.

About 64 per cent of pirated goods seized in Europe last year came from China.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: A counterfeit Apple iPhone.
Photographs: Reuters.
The iPhone was sold for $66, at a mall selling electronics in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province.

iPhone is widely copied in China. Knock-offs of Samsung, Nokia and Motorola products are all sold openly throughout China.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Fashion branded material.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
Rolls of fake fashion branded material is seen at Shiling Zhen leather market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: An imitated version of iPad.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Ruters.
An imitated version of iPad running Microsoft Windows is seen inside a computer shopping mall in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Hefty with three USB ports and a more rectangular shape than the original, this knock-off with iPad aspirations, which runs a Windows operating system, looks more like a giant iPhone.

It costs 2,800 yuan ($410), making it slightly cheaper than the iPad's $499-699 price tag.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Fake foreign brand handbags.
Photographs: Melanie Lee/Reuters.
These are displayed inside a store at Baiyun World Leather Market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: A shipment of toys.
Photographs: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters.
A member of Chile's investigative police inspects a shipment of toys from China at Valparaiso port, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: David Gray/Reuters.
A protester's child pushes his face against a glass door as around fifty people cram the offices of the law firm IntellecPro, representing trademark holders that have an anti-piracy agreement, in Beijing.

Stall owners at Beijing's Silk Street Market, for years famous for its knock-off designer ware, protested at the law firm representing trademark holders, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Burberry, this week after seven were suspended for selling pirated goods in 2009.

The signs read 'We were framed' and 'You want to make money, we want to make a living'.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Reuters.
A customs officer displays a counterfeit branded mobile phone at a dumping site in Kunming, Yunnan province.

More than 13,000 confiscated counterfeit branded goods including mobile phones, bags and razors were destroyed during the campaign against piracy.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters.
A Chilean investigative police officer inspects a shipment of products from China at Valparaiso port, about 120 km northwest of Santiago.

The shipment which originated from China contained boxes of various products of different brands related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters.
Reuters journalist Doug Palmer purchases a fake LVMH handbag from a China-based online website.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: A catalogue of fake foreign brand handbags.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
A customer looks through a catalogue of fake foreign brand handbags in a store at Baiyun World Leather Market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters.
A fake LVMH handbag purchased and shipped from a China based online website is displayed to the photographer outside a Louis Vuitton store in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: A customer.
Photographs: Reuters.
A customer uses a calculator while holding a fake foreign brand handbag in a store at Baiyun World Leather Market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, September 29, 2010.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Fake foreign brand shoes.
Photographs: Melanie Lee/Reuters.
A customer looks at fake foreign brand shoes inside a store at Baiyun World Leather Market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: A fake foreign brand handbag.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
A fake foreign brand handbag is seen displayed inside a store at Baiyun World Leather Market in Guangzhou.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
Fake US dollar banknotes are burnt during a ceremony to honour deceased ancestors in Hanoi.

According to Vietnamese tradition, people burn items made of paper, such as money, clothes and vehicles, during the ceremony.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
Shopkeepers selling fake bags wait for customers outside stores at Baiyun World Leather Market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Confiscated firecrackers.
Workers prepare to destroy confiscated firecrackers in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Local police destroyed more than 1,862 boxes of counterfeit firecrackers, which were worth 450,000 yuan ($67,643).

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters.
A Hong Kong address is seen on documentation included in a shipment of a fake LVMH handbag, purchased from a China-based online website, whilst the shipping label for the package had shown Guangzhou, China as the point of origin in this shipment delivered to the Reuters office in Washington.

Using 'Made in China' stuff? Hope it's not fake

Image: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
People walk in front of Baiyun World Leather Market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.