Ever wonder where most of the world’s knock-off Apple products and electronics come from? Recently, I took a trip to Shenzhen in China and got to check out the madness first hand. In Shenzhen, they’ll slap an Apple logo on just about anything and try to pass it off as legitimate. Needless to say, it makes for a very comical experience…
Ever heard of the iPhone 7 Bluetooth Headset? No? Where have you been? It’s all the craze in Shenzhen. How about an external battery pack that looks exactly like an iPhone 6s? There are a ton of crazy Apple-branded gadgets in China that definitely aren’t certified, but some of them sure do look legit, while others not so much.
I had a chance to visit the famous Shenzhen electronics market and pick up a handful of goofy gadgets, some of which are very sad and funny attempts at making anything an Apple product. The cool part, however, is each of the items I picked up was only around ¥200, which comes out to be about $30.
As an interesting note, Apple’s contract manufacturer in China is Foxconn, which has of course been the subject of a lot of scrutiny over the years. Foxconn is located in Shenzhen, the same city in which I saw the huge market for counterfeit Apple products, so it’s interesting to speculate that a lot of the fake goods originate from the same source as the real deal.
I put together a video of all the crazy electronics and obviously fake Apple products in the below video. It’s pretty funny stuff and really opens your eyes as to the insanely huge market for counterfeit Apple products there is. Check out the video below: