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International financial heavyweights attending an economic conference in Switzerland were treated in their swag bags to a bright shiny iPod shuffle. One problem: It was a Chinese counterfeit. And not even a fake talking third-generation shuffle, but instead a second-generation clip-on knock-off. And the impostor doesn't even …


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  1. David Simpson
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    Apple sue the poor suckers who buy the fakes not the rip-off artists that sell them, that's a smart business move, maybe next year the swiss will give away Sony MP3 players instead.

  2. James O'Brien

    So what your saying is?

    The schmuck is suing the schmuck?

  3. Anonymous Coward


    So, it's a different colour, doesn't have the same functionality, slightly different design and is not Apple branded.

    In what way is it more an Apple knock-off than the many iPod wannabes from Sandisk and Creative or am I missing something?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is humour alright

    Exactly at the ONE single spot where you will have people complaining about piracy, brand dilution and fake goods, here a major insurance hands out - yup, a fake.

    I think we'll have to stand well back, this could get funnier still. Popcorn!

  5. jai
    Jobs Halo

    odd ritual??

    what's the odd Swiss ritual then?

    that looked just the same as all the Apple store openings i've been to in the UK

  6. DavCrav

    Comedy Google translation

    Apples Klage gegen die Mobiliar hat wenig Chancen ----> Apple's lawsuit against the furniture has little chance.

    Mine's the one with the German dictionary etc.

  7. Chris

    Brace yourself...

    I'd wager the bundled headphones were better on the fakes.

  8. Darryl

    I have a fake iPod too

    How do I go about suing the furniture?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    Minigigi S-clip has an LCD...

    They should at least give them the Minigigi S-clip, which in the same form factor has an LCD and has been around for at least a year or so (but, sadly, I could not even find it on Seoul electronic markets - for obvious reasons IMHO...)

  10. John Dougald McCallum

    Corporate freebies

    Most if not all Corporate freebies are made/baged up by specialist company's alll the costomer does is tell them what sort of goodys they want in them and what this says about them is cheapskate!!! Skul and cross swords obvious really

  11. TeeCee Gold badge

    Re: Imposter?

    Er, "look 'n feel".

    The foundation for numerous Apple lawsuits since time immemorial. "It looks a bit like something that we make and hold umpteen zillion patents on."

    However, I would like to ask exactly how "Initially attractive branded corporate freebie turns out to be cheap shite" a) qualifies as news and b) surprises anyone?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Surely it hinges on...

    ...whether or not they called it an iPod? If they actually told people they were getting a free iPod then they'll be in trouble. If they called it an MP3 player or similar then there's probably no problem.

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