There’s big money to be made in producing knock-off technology and electrical products on the cheap and selling them as if they were the legit product they are trying so badly to imitate. In the year 2015 alone, it is estimated that the value of all counterfeit goods was around the $1.77 trillion mark, a staggering amount.
Not only does the process of manufacturing and selling knock-off goods hurt the consumer by providing them with a worse user experience, it also costs legitimate companies thousands and sometimes millions each year. The effect hits businesses in the pocket so badly that law firms dedicate whole teams to intellectual property law, so you know this is a big deal.
Even with the above in mind, it’s still a lot of fun to take a look at some terrible-looking knock-off mobile phones, games consoles, and laptops to chuckle at the manufacturer’s bad attempts to create something convincing. Below we’ll take a look at some absolutely must-see tech product knock-offs.
Remember when Blackberrys were popular? Many of these types of mobile phone knock-offs surfaced around the time Blackberry Messenger was the hip and now thing.
This “Blueberry”, while looking fairly similar in terms of shape and body, is an obvious fake due to its shabby disposition and that fact it even tells you it’s not a Blackberry right where the logo is… Ironically, as a far as counterfeit goods go, this is one of the better attempts.
The “PX 3600”
This is an obvious and over-the-top attempt at trying to put the two most popular video game consoles, at the time, together to try and capitalise on their success. It’s a common theme among games console knock-offs that they’ll add a bigger number to the name and add as many familiar letters as possible to try and make the system look a thousand times more advanced than it actually is.
The product itself looks bad as it is, sporting a shiny cheap plastic finish and no familiar logos or names to be seen. They’re not fooling anyone.
The “Teso Blackbook Air”
A bit of an outlier, this fake Apple laptop actually looks fairly sturdy and stylish; however, its plastic make-up and black style make it obvious that the people at Apple didn’t come up with this. Just seeing this image on a box might actually convince people that it’s the real deal, but upon closer inspection, they would likely be very disappointed.
We have to give some praise for the attempt made here though; we’re sure this laptop may have caught a few people off-guard, assuming the box didn’t give away too many clues that this was a counterfeit product.
The “Minipolystation 3”
While the shape of this knock-off Playstation 3 clone seems to be right, kind of, it’s still obviously not legit for anyone who has ever even heard of Sony’s 2006 console. The included tiny LCD screen where the disk tray is usually located and the fact that this ‘console’ is actually portable and handheld effectively hit home that this isn’t a legitimate product.
While the console itself doesn’t look too much like a total wreck, we do think that some people, perhaps technophobes from the older generations, may have succumbed to the Minipolystation 3’s attempts to appear like its genuine counterpart.
Branding is a Big Deal
While we all enjoy a good chuckle at counterfeiters’ attempts to fool us with obviously bad products, it’s worth remember that these attempts do hurt the consumer, the legitimate business, and even the branding agencies who work hard on professional designs.
Make sure you keep a good eye for detail about you when you’re buying electronics; you never know when a device like one of the above will sway you in a moment of weakness.