'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce


A small Tie Fighter from the Star Wars Lego franchise costs US$2, if you are willing to overlook a slight flaw in the product's "Lepin" and "Star Wnrs" packaging.PHOTO: AFP.

BEIJING (AFP): Sneakers on a popular Chinese e-commerce platform look like Adidas, but are branded "Ababis". Underwear resembling Calvin Klein are called "Caiwen Kani". Toys with an uncanny resemblance to a certain blockbuster movie franchise opt for "Star Wnrs".

As China held its massive annual "Singles Day" online sales event on Sunday (Nov 11), shoppers could still find cheap imitations on Alibaba's Taobao app despite the company's efforts to curb sales of counterfeit goods.

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