10 Of The Worst Knock Offs You’ll Ever See

Some of these aren’t even trying. And the ones that are, well, at least they’re out there. Check out these ridiculous fakes, and also the ones on CNBC’s new show, Treasure Detectives - Tuesdays at 9pm!

1. Mini iPhone

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Close enough.

2. MiWi

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We could forgive this more if it actually tried to be some sort of gaming console. This thing is a DVD player. It’s like a VCR pretending to be an iPhone. Get out of here, with that.

3. Seven-0

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The 7-11 convenience store we know and love here in America earned its name by simply being open from 7am to 11pm every day. I guess breakfast isn’t really a thing on that side of the world.

4. The Rare $250 Note

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In 1980, someone in China actually passed this thing off as a $250 US note. We’ve thought it over, and we’re fine with the hand drawn feel, the nonsense letters at the bottom - even the naked ladies brandishing knives. But using linen? Come on, guys. That’s not sustainable. Think it through.

5. Chinese White House

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This tourist destination in Hangzhou, China was once the estate of an eccentric real estate tycoon named Huang Qiaoling. He built this White House replica complete with an Oval Office, a gallery of American presidents, and even mini versions of other American founding father monuments. Can’t tell if this is flattery, or mockery. Let’s go with flattery.

6. ADIDAS

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Easy, gym bag! What’s wrong? What happened?

7. Apple store

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That font.

8. Oil Painting Village

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There’s an entire village in Shenzhen, China - called Dafen Oil Painting Village - whose sole purpose is to crank out replicas of classic paintings. Picassos, Da Vincis, Rembrandts, Van Goghs - every year they’re throwing tens of thousands of replicas into the market, accounting for something like 60% of the world’s oil-painting market. These things are notoriously accurate, and nowadays, Dafen is home to its own burgeoning original art scene.

9. Yickem

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y-i-c-k-e-m m-o-u-s-e…wait, that’s not right is it?

10. Oil of Ulay

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Who is Ulay? And does he know you’re using his oil?

Treasure Detectives

Watch as the fakes are revealed in CNBC’s new show, Treasure Detectives.

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