special authorize!

Poking around on eBay this morning, I came across one of the many Chinese sellers who offer what are counterfeit copies of brand name designs—purses, leather briefcases, and the like.

What’s cute about this one is the “Letter of Authority” they have displayed on their product pages, to soothe the conscience of gullible folks who are willing to believe that yes, you can get an authentic brand name product for a quarter of its normal retail price.  (It must be the conversion rate in China, or something.)  I just love the very thin veneer of authenticity bestowed by this piece of paper, doubtlessly put together in five minutes on a (pirated) version of Chinese-language  MS Publisher:


Special Authorize!

It must be authentic.  It has a big red stamp, and everything.


10 thoughts on “special authorize!

  1. BobG says:

    “All your authorities are belong to us.”

  2. LittleRed1 says:

    I wonder about the fur coats, hats and what-have-you the Chinese sell on e-bay. As in “mink coat for $100” brand new? Let me guess, the dog’s name was Mink. I wonder how the certificate of authenticity for that would read?

    Mighty Strong Engrish indeed!

  3. John Oglesby says:

    Most retail goods these days are made in China. After the official Polo order for 10,000 units is produced, they just keep the lines open for another run. Same product, they just don’t collect the Polo licensing. Everybody (except Polo) wins!!

  4. Brandon says:

    Do not question the authority of the World Top Brand Association.

  5. Baker M. Romeo says:


    For real.

  6. Hey, it’s all about provenance. How can I be *sure* that my knock-off handbag is the real thing? This way, I know that my money is going to the right people.

    This comment has been Authoriz by the World Top Brand Association (stamp).

  7. Fred2 says:

    Russians like those stamps too, you want something in Russia get yourself 1/2 dozen impressive looking rubber stamps and stamp the living heck out of any correspondance or letters with officialdom of any grade or type.

    I’ll be dammed if I didn’t hear the thought waves of, “oooooh, must be importantsky.”

  8. Will says:

    There is a Chinese company advertising a counterfeit US made hi-perf fuel pump on their web site. Looks identical. Their site says if you want them with the correct markings, they will have to charge extra, since they have to bribe some govt types to allow them to ship!
    The US company finds people sending them in for warranty claims. I gather inside they aren’t so identical.
    With this sort of problem, how is anyone to know if anything they are getting is actually the real thing?

  9. Paul says:

    The Chinese can copy anything. Just like the Japanese and Tiawanese and South Koreans before them. Once they get Quality Control in place they will no longer be a threat. Just like Japan, Tiawan and South Korea.

    I used to work for an importer and we sold an unbelievable amount of chinese junk. However in that case the QC errors where on the USA side. Selling electric motor bikes with no spares is never a good business plan.

    They are all authenticate though. Maybe we can get that unicorn from them?

  10. MarkHB says:

    There’s something about the repeated use of “Authorize” (sic) with Big Red Stamps and exclamation marks that makes my skin crawl. I think it’s the mindset that says if you’ve got a stamped government form (written in Shouty Command Engrish), then it is what it says it is.

    Anyone wanna buy a couple kilos of Government Special Authorized Reade-… uh, Miracle Metal? 😉

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