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China has confirmed itself as the ‘king of counterfeiters’ with the building of a new shopping centre dedicated to fake brands.
Some of the brand impostors at the mall in Nanjing, east of Shanghai, include a McDonalds look-a-like burger bar called McDnoald’s, a Starbucks-style coffee shop called Bucksstar Coffee, and a wannabe Pizza Hut called Pizza Huh.

City bosses are under pressure to ban the soon-to-be opened
mall after pictures of the fake stores were leaked, causing uproar amongst angry consumers who feared they’d be ripped off.
“Not every shopper is brand conscious so a lot of people will walk into these stores thinking they are getting the real thing,” said an angry shopper in a local newspaper.

“The whole idea of this mall is plain dishonest.
Some fakes are done light-heartedly to be funny, but these stores look so much like the real thing people are going to feel cheated,” the shopper added.
This may be the first ‘fakes only’ mall but copycat brands are rife around the world.

From Mirror.co.uk

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Facebook creates a certain fixed number of each type of gift. When the number remaining for any particular gift drops below 100,000, Facebook displays the number left. The most common size runs are 100,000 and 1,000,000 but they range as high as 10,000,000 and as low as 15,000.

We noted the number of available gifts of each type over a seven week period to be able to better understand the sales rate of digital gifts. Excluding free gifts, we found that the average number of sales per week for a gift was 846. Since there were 322 gifts available for sale when we completed our last survey (Jan 8th), that implies that Facebook is selling just over 270k digital gifts per week. At $1 per gift, that implies an annual run rate of just under $15m. Facebook sometimes allows users to pre pay for gifts at a discount if you buy multiple gifts, so this number may be slightly lower.
(Lightspeed Venture Partners – January 23, 2008)