SylvanSport has learned that Wuyi Tiandi Motion Apparatus Co. Ltd., a manufacturing company operating out of Zhejiang, China has appointed Foxico Australia Pty Ltd., a Dandenong, Victoria-based Australian motorbike and ATV distributor to sell its counterfeit versions of the popular SylvanSport GO, reports RVing Examiner.
Renamed the Foxico “Mudcross”, the counterfeit product retails for $5,900 Australian dollars (AUD). The “real deal” from SylvanSport retails for $8,000.
RVing Examiner further reports that a conversation with Michael, apparently the boss at Fixico, revealed that “at this stage we just in Australia market…we just start. It’s a new product from China.”
Billed on their website as “one of the leading motor bike trading company in Australia,” Foxico is in reality a small store on the Frankston Dandenong Road in the suburbs of the city of Melbourne. Ironically, Dandenong is twinned with the city of Xuzhou in the Jiangsu province of China.
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Why does China Copy Product Designs?
Firstly, I need to say that I am not trying to defend China’s copy-cat culture nor give an excuse for their production of counterfeit items but merely provide an insight to better understand the cultural factors at play.
The United States has Google and EBay and China has Baidu and AliBaba. This is somewhat reminiscent of Japan in the early 1970s, where they copied and innovated upon electronic gadgets and cars.
Despite all the changes in China, it’s still a Communist country with a Capitalistic business system. However in reality it’s still a very top down managed country, a big brother approach to the culture, and a huge disparity in the rich and poor. Everyone is answerable to the person above him and thinking out of the box is not encouraged.
As a result many take a safe approach towards things, reports SGEntrepreneurs.
In China almost everything is a business decision. When you grow up in a country where life is cheap, things do get brutal and money talks.
Also if you look back in history, it’s no different from the post-war Industrial Age of Japan’s move of taking Western designs and improving on them.
Western companies fall off their rockers when their products are copied and react accordingly and I don’t blame them.
However, in Chinese culture, it’s really about the fact that “copying is the greatest form of flattery”. They do not waste their time copying the market failures. They copy the market leaders to learn how they got where they are.
Many people forget that during the development stages of most industrialized nations, manufacturers copied many designs in order to learn how to actually go about building similar products, then once they’re able to produce the product better than the person they copied they usually moved into being more original.
A prominent example is Samsung who started life ripping off many western products and is now churning out some of the world’s most innovative designs. And many American companies during their postwar industrial development also did the same.
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.