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On this street in southern China, you can visit Starbucks Coffee - or rather, 'Sffcccks Coffee'

A "street of fakes" in Wuxi has drawn ridicule and condemnation from Chinese netizens

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 January, 2014, 7:08pm
UPDATED : Friday, 10 January, 2014, 7:18am

A “street of fakes” has sprouted up in the southern Chinese city of Wuxi, featuring signs that flaunt modified names of famous international stores like Starbucks and Zara.

On this commercial street, located near the Wuxi East Railway Station, clothing stores Zara and H&M have morphed into “Zare” and “H&N,” American electronics company Apple is "Appla," Starbucks Coffee has become the bizarre sounding “Sffcccks Coffee" and even the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has made an appearance – only with one of the characters of its Chinese name removed and replaced with another, rendering the name nonsensical.

All of the store signs displaying these famous names are written in fonts that make them appear similar to the real deal from a distance, and China’s netizens have quickly taken to calling the area a “street of fakes” or a “shanzai street.” Shanzai is the Putonghua word for knock-off.

“How could the people that put these signs up possibly be proud of such a thing?” one commentator wrote on Chinese news portal Wenxuecity.com. “They are completely ignorant of intellectual property rights.”

Local reports claim that the stores displaying the shanzai signs are actually all empty, and the entire street is property available for purchase by shop owners or landlords. According to reports from internet portal Sohu.com, real estate representatives for the street told reporters that the signs were “pre-made advertising images designed to create a shopping atmosphere” and appeal to prospective property buyers.

“The real estate operators in charge are engaging in misleading behaviour and should stop this infringement,” said Zhao Jia, a local lawyer interviewed by Sohu.com.

Despite this warning, copyright infringement is common in the mainland, and local stores and products have frequently copied the logos or fonts of international brands for recognition purposes. Photos of Chinese stores such as “KLG” (a chicken restaurant similar to international fast-food chain KFC) and “Sunbucks Coffee” (a coffee shop resembling Starbucks) have been virally shared on the internet for years.

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pragmatist
take it easy. have some laugh. those who are paying a pretty penny for starbucks will know the difference....in any case, at this outlet, they might get better coffee :)
ognevodd
I don't see the problem. "SFFFCCCKS" is not a Starbucks knock-off, it's just a sign they put there to make the place appear less empty, before real tenants move in. There is no actual coffee shop, bank or Apple store at that location - just empty properties.
This is similar to how designers fill in their designs with random text - just to showcase the design to the customer.
swami.vas
"Starbung" in Bangkok and “Sffcccks Coffee" in Wenxuecity in China - interesting coffee flavours!
One wonders why these fakers did not think of names like Starbeans, Starsmell, Stararoma, and so on! Thank God, at least they did not think of replacing the letter 'b' in Starbucks with letter 'f'!
olivia.lim.9212
Well, they can fake the Apple Store in China, these are small trade only
 
 
 
 
 

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