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Specter of knockoffs at big China trade fair In this photo taken Friday, Oct.
16, 2009, a man walks past an advertisement board featuring louis vuitton bags discontinued fake iPods at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province. Thousands of foreigner buyers flock to the southern city of Guangzhou at this time of year for China's biggest trade show. (AP Photo/William Foreman) less In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, a man walks past an advertisement board featuring fake iPods at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province. Thousands of foreigner buyers flock to. more Thousands of foreign buyers flock to this southern city at this time of year for China's biggest trade show. They search for factory owners who will make their products cheaply and won't rip off their clever designs. Then, they slip across town to malls loaded with fake Prada purses, phony Rolex watches and pirated Tod's loafers all sold at a fraction of the original's price. "I've louis vuitton purses on sale ebay been in these stores where when you ask for knockoffs, they take you into a back room with shelves lined with fake handbags," said a footwear buyer from Milwaukee, who identified herself only as Kathy because she feared problems with customs. "Many buyers come here and talk about intellectual property rights, but then they'll show you their rival's product and ask if you can copy it," said, a sales representative for a luggage company in louis vuitton tie amazon the eastern province of Fujian. "It seems kind of contradictory. But that's the way the market works." Wong was surrounded by colorful backpacks with the slogan "Love Take Off Good" in her company's booth at the Canton Fair, a semiannual event that for five decades has been China's biggest trade fair. The show offers a head spinning variety of goods everything from saxophones, fishing lures and hammers to espresso cups, toothbrushes and motorcycles. Attendance is back up Attendance at the show plunged last year at the start of the global financial crisis. But in a possible sign of the economy's recovery, the number of visitors started to bounce back at its 15 day autumn session, which ended Wednesday, organizers said. The event attracted 188,170 foreign buyers a 13.7 percent increase from the session last spring, they said. Although there's a thick atmosphere of giddy dealmaking and browsing at the fair, there's also a palpable sense of paranoia. Most exhibitors won't allow photographs of their goods for fear the pictures will be used to copy their products. Chinese citizens aren't even allowed to attend unless they have a special pass as an exhibitor, translator or domestic buyer a process that involves an arduous background check. Commerce Secretary spoke about intellectual property rights at a conference in a hotel across the street from the huge fair complex. "If innovators fear that their inventions or ideas will be stolen, then one of two things will happen: They'll either stop inventing, or they'll decide to create their inventions elsewhere," he said. His speech focused on what China needed to do to combat piracy. Tougher laws and more crackdowns were needed, he said. His message: It is mostly China's problem. But most of the shoppers strolling around the warren of tiny boutiques at the were foreigners. They were haggling and snapping up louis vuitton shoes size 5 an eye popping array of fake designer goods in the three story mall, about a half hour taxi ride away from the Canton Fair. Shops with names like Ladybug, Teli and QQ Bear were full of bags emblazoned with the "Our business always picks up during the Canton Fair," said a store owner whose business card identified him only as Mr. Chen.
"The foreigners do like to buy knockoffs." Fakes in garbage bags The shops place all the purchased goods in nondescript black plastic garbage bags that don't have store logos on them. The shoppers all look like they got lost while taking out the trash and ended up at the mall.
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