China Shopping Fake bags are fake bargains: Why you should avoid Chinese knock-offs

There’s a discount shopping mall China known to locals as the “fake mall”. No beating about the bush for the pragmatic Chinese. This is the place to go for (illegal) knock-offs of luxury brands. Of course, most Chinese wouldn’t be seen dead in any of it. They buy only the real thing, even if it costs them six months’ salary. Or they fly to Tokyo, Sydney and Taipei to snap up their luxury goods duty free. The fake mall is for international tourists, who get a kick out of parting with as little as $10 for the current favourite knock-off, a faux Issey Miyake Bao Bao shoulder bag worth, if it were real, about $1200. It’s a desultory place, with three floors of dismal stores and some very unhappy-looking sellers. They sell stuff that wasn’t worth copying in the first place, such as Ralph Lau

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