Shanzhai phones cheap, even cheaper to make

Ok, so I do own a SciPhone. And I thought I got a bargain at $87 off eBay. However it probably only cost $30 – 40 to make. Wha?! Yes, people over in China are churning out fake phones from their basements and selling them for big profits to us bargain hunting North Americans. What did you expect? I mean they are finally starting to crack down on counterfeit DVDs, I mean they gotta eat right? Move on to the next pirate commodity, cell phones. Nokia, Apple, Samsung, Motorola all have their counterfeit brands in China. When fake stuff accounts for such a big portion of a country’s GDP (20%) how much policing do you expect the corrupt government officials to do? You can bet they are getting a cut of the action.

Although shanzhai phones have only been around a few years, they already account for more than 20 percent of sales in China. (link)

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2 Responses to “Shanzhai phones cheap, even cheaper to make”


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  1. 1 Topics about China » Archive » Shanzhai phones cheap, even cheaper to make Trackback on April 28, 2009 at 10:42 am

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