Did you feel a slight tremor in the Force yesterday? That was Chinese custom hitmen bringing the banhammer down on 10,000 knockoff phones and watches collected since 2009. Actually, the destruction was carried out by a hydraulic punch to disable, but also preserve the phone for recycling. The smashing party included virtual Whos Who of products, too. Products were present supposedly from Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Rolex, Patek Philippe, and nearly any company that carries a good name that some Chinese manufacturing house can rip. If post-recycling wasn’t a requirement, this shredder would have made quick work of the devices, but you know, the treehuggers need their warm fuzzies. (Avoid Google Image Searching warm fuzzies, btw. NSFW)
These cell phones and watches are just a small portion of the counterband seized by Chinese authorities who have taken around 6.5 million pieces of goods from baddies since just 2005. That’s a street value of 145 million RMB or 21 million US dollars. [M.I.C. Gadget via Tech.163]
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