Asian Orchards

Copying Apple computers

The industrious copycats of Asia have long churned out counterfeit or cut-rate versions of name-brand Western products, including Levi's jeans, Samsonite luggage, Johnnie Walker Scotch, Rolex watches and even Rubik's Cube. Now the me-too factories of the Pacific rim have a new target: the popular Apple personal computer.

At shops in Taiwan and Hong Kong, knock-offs of the bestselling Apple II Plus model are available for prices ranging down to $325, as compared with $1,530 for the genuine article in the U.S. A few of the bogus machines bear Apple Computer...

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