Among many great discoveries that can be attributed to the Chinese is that Western consumers will buy shit if it”™s chocolate covered and packaged as an upscale brand. Our longtime fakes and frauds columnist W.J. Elvin takes a look at one little slice of the Chinese counterfeit market, collectible and rare coins, an area in which he dabbles with commercial and journalistic interest.
China: The Alice”™s Restaurant of Fake Collectible Coins
by W.J. Elvin III
July 28, 2011
I”™m talking about fake Apple stores in China, a scam so marvelously done that even some of the employees believed they were working for Apple.
Latest reports indicate those shops have been shut down. But, to give China its due, that story was just one little blip on the fake-o-rama radar.
Most fake stuff coming into the U.S. originates in China where, so we hear, not only factories — entire towns are devoted to producing counterfeit popular merchandise.
Those folks get down to it, even making money by making money.
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