The most asked question on StartBuyingInChina is:
Where can I find cheap iPhones, iPads, Nikes?
The most given answer is:
But this is the simple answer. Today I like to give some nuances.
4 different ways to buy a Non Chinese Brands in China.
- You can buy original products but for a high price
Although most non-Chinese brands are made in China, this doesn’t mean you can buy them in China for a low price.
According to Bloomberg News and the Washington Post the iPhone 6 was sold for insane amounts of money in Hong Kong, when the iPhone 6 was released in September 2014. Prices up to $ 1,500 and even up to $ 3,000 on the black market.
The retail price of an iPhone 6 is 5,288 Yuan ($864) at the Apple Store in China.
- You can buy remakes, but they are fake
If you find non-Chinese brands in a legitimate shop, it is probably fake. Even if they say it is original.
Most of the time the copies have a slightly different brand name or product name to avoid infringement with the original trademarks names. For example ‘Phone i6’ in stead of ‘iPhone 6’. Or OEOTS by Dr Dre in stead of BEATS by Dr Dre.
It is possible that you find 100% clones on legitimate sites. To avoid the infringement because of the logos and brand, the logos and names are often covered. For example this iPhone 5 clone.
- You can buy refurbished original products for a lower price
Refurbished items are second hand items and sold as good as new. These items might work very well, but I’m not fond of it. You don’t know why the previous owner got rid of it. There might be some malfunctions. Check this blog about refurbished products.
- You think you can buy originals for low prices
I hope you do not fall for this any more. You will be scammed. You will loose your money and will never get the product. If you still hesitate, check this blog.
Examples of non-Chinese brands in Chinese shops
When you check AliExpress for the iPhone 6, you will find some original iPhones. The prices $ 997 up to $ 1471. This is even for western countries a high price!
If you look for Phone i6, a fake name for the iPhone 6, you will find the android clones of the iPhone. Price range from 138 to 219 dollar for these clones.
On AliExpress you’ll find Nike shoes. The shop says these are originals. I’m can’t checked it with the given photos. The price is around 135 US dollar.
But when you compare the price with the original shoes in Europe, you’ll see the price is almost the same. 115 Euro is about 140 US dollar. For this price difference I wouldn’t risk the change of a getting a fake product.
Beats by Dr. Dre
Till November 2014 it was easy to find clones for the Beats headphones by Dr Dre. I think Apple has started an offensive to get rid of the counterfeit products.
Currently it is more difficult to find them. If you do find them, look at the differences in the name or the logo. For example Beats if written as Oeats.
Have you ever bought some products from China that were sold as original but were fake? What was it?
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