More Chinese counterfeit ad funnies

Posted in Made in China, Rock 'n' Roll at 9:36 am by George Smith

From the WaTimes today, the first snap depicting the ad for Chinese counterfeit guitars over a book review about conflict with China:

Full size snap here.

The second — the ad for Chinese counterfeit guitars spun out over a piece on Google being penalized by the Justice Dept. for selling ads for illegal Canadian pills …

Full size snap here.

“Google Inc has agreed to pay 5 million to settle a US government investigation into the Internet search leader’s distribution of online ads for Canadian pharmacies illegally selling prescription and non-prescription drugs to American consumers,” it reads.

Click through the TradeTang ads leads to sales carts for a host of fake American guitars including Gibson and Paul Reed Smiths.

DD has observed that many of the ads for these counterfeit goods are distributed through Google’s AdSense/AdWords/AdChoices services.

YouTube videos of Americans with Chinese counterfeit Gibson guitars of the kind advertised through the above banners.

The DD archive of past posts on this matter.


  1. Chuck said,

    August 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    OTOH, Gibson’s being raided by DOJ for importation of unfinished ebony for fingerboards:


    If I understand the story correctly, if the wood was finished in India by Indian workers, no problems. But ship unfinished wood to the factory for finishing by US workers and you’re in hot water.

  2. George Smith said,

    August 27, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I think so. The government’s been after Gibson on its fingerboards for years. This must really be starting to be an ache. Since the ebony is, I imagine, primarily for Les Paul they probably specifically don’t want it finished in India.