I love Shanzhai (山寨) goods, aka counterfeit knockoffs, in China. Whenever there’s a fashionable good, a group of entrepreneurial go-getters are ready to re-create said good and serve it up in the fake markets. In Shanghai, western tourists can be seen flocking to the markets for a bit of brand-name Shanzhai action and scuttling out later with rip-off booty hidden in inconspicuous black bags.
But it ain’t the plagiarism or the framin’ I like, it’s the subtle changes some of the goods ship with. iPeds, Hello Kittly, D@G, and Polo shirts horses with 3 legs…I’m sure you’re picking up what I’m putting down.
Last weekend we came across these
Nike, Dike shoes.
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