The only organized thieves worse than the Indian chorÂ are the Chinese thieves.
On the grand organized thievery scale, the Indian thieves are way down the ladder compared to the Chinese. Our desi organized thieves still churn out fake low-cost items like Bollywood and Hollywood music, videos, software, video games et al.
The Chinese on the other hand have moved up the value chain and are au courant with the latest gee whiz, hot products like the Apple iPhone or the new model Nokia or Motorola gadgets.
The New York Times has an interesting article today on how the Chinese counterfeiters are moving up the value chain with popular cell phone knockoffs like the Hi-Phone:
Technological advances have allowed hundreds of small Chinese companies, some with as few as 10 employees, to churn out what are known here as shanzhai, or black market, cellphones, often for as little as $20 apiece.
And just as Chinese companies are trying to move up the value chain of manufacturing, from producing toys and garments to making computers and electric cars, so too are counterfeiters. After years of making fake luxury bags and cheap DVDs, they are capturing market share from the worldâ€™s biggest mobile phone makers.