Hilarious Knock Off Stores You Won’t Believe Exist

By Nick Hadji 10 months ago

1. KKFC - not quite Colonel Sanders' recipe!

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This fried chicken store in Nepal, with the bird logo and the easily recognisable red packaging, might look familiar and get those taste buds going.  However, it's more a case of "fraud" chicken rather than fried as, if you look again, it's not the Colonel Sanders fast food place we love.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. King Burger - a mix up with the original brand

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So, when you're yearning for a burger and fries, wondering whether to go large because Burger King's food always hits the spot for a hungry tummy, stop right there.  All is not as it seems and you could end up bitterly disappointed.  This copy cat store has taken the trouble to re-arrange two words and fool everyone!

3. MaDonal - sign writer has gone MaD

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You might treat yourself to a MacDonald's meal deal when you're happy, when you're sad or when you're hungry!  The taste of those crispy, salty fries are a perfect side to a double cheeseburger and banana milkshake.  Not quite - you could end up with something that tastes very different.  Read the signage again!

4. Pizza Hat - hat's off for almost fooling us!

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Iran has a whole host of famous fast food chains and they are extremely popular - with Iranians!  If you happen to be passing one, whilst you are in the country, with pizza on your mind, don't expect the stuffed crust delight to taste the same as the one from your neighborhood Pizza Hut.  The menu may be similar but that is where it stops!

5. Stars & Bucks - making big bucks from the name!

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What's it to be - caramel latte, Americano or cappuccino?  What size do you want - regular or large?  Starbucks in the States may be your second home and you know the drinks menu off by heart but here, in Bethlehem (of all places!), forget sacred coffee house and think knock off alternative.

6. Duffin Dagels - same initials but same donuts?

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If you are partial to a Dunkin' Donut, then join the club.  Millions of Americans are unable to control their cravings when they pass a store.  The donuts are literally inviting you in to buy them.  Spain has invented it's own version.  The donuts have been replicated and the name of the store has only used Dunkin's initials to entice us in.

7. Subday - when everyday is a foot long!

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This can only be described as "sub" standard branding in an attempt to get you to your familiar Subway outlet.  We like Subway because you can have a partially healthy lunch by adding various salads on to your foot long roll.  Not sure you'll get the same taste and freshness at this knock off food store.

8. Nibe - cross that tick off the list!

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We are all aware that you pay more for a branded item, whether it clothes, handbags or footwear.  In a society where we want to fit in with our peers, we wouldn't dream of wearing Walmart's trainers and would probably go for Nike.  What you don't want to do is buy a pair from "Nibe" in China!

9. Dolce & Gabbana - with a side of Banana Republic!

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Treating yourself to a designer item, when you get your monthly pay packet, is quite acceptable.  After all, you've worked all month and want something to show for it.  Dolce & Gabbana offer beautiful, well made products.  Not sure if Dolce & Banana offer the same quality!

10. 5 -Twelve - when 7-Eleven is too inconvenient!

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If we didn't have convenience stores, we'd starve!  What would we do if we needed Ben and Jerry's at 10pm?  Lucky for you, you'll find a 7-Eleven store not far from your home but what if you are desperate for cookies at 11.30pm?  No problem at this chain of stores who have taken the original idea and expanded it!

11. Google Store - but not as you know it!

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Google stores are popping up all over the world and it's no surprise as they are really popular, especially with younger age groups.  There may be a sense of disappointment if you are using google maps to get to this store.  Never mind - you can pick up some broccoli for dinner!

12. Apple Store - electronics and healthy eating combo

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The Apple store, despite retailing expensive electronic products and accessories, has never lost momentum and you usually have to make an appointment to speak to a technical person.  The healthy business featured here can offer you cut prices, right down to the core!

13. Binbows software error?

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Microsoft seem to have the majority of the market when we speak about software products, particularly Windows.  If you are experiencing an issue with this program, rest assured that Michaelsoft Binbows (are they taking the mickey?) will do their best to sort you out.

14. Adomino Pizza - getting a slice of the action!

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When a fast food chain gathers up so much of the pizza market, there can be a sense of jealousy from other companies that struggle.  Sometimes there's only one thing to do to get pizza lovers through the door and that is to pose as Domino's but with a little extra on the wording.

15. Mike - fits like a glove!

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Kids can drive their parents mad when it comes to demanding famous names for their clothing and footwear.  On top of that, they grow out of stuff all too quickly and you have to rebuy.  I know of a discount store, Mike, who are competitively priced but, hang on, what's amiss?

16. Fony - get the picture?

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Mobile phones are awesome at taking great photos and you can photoshop them so they look perfect.  If you are really into photography though, then you may prefer to use a camera.  They are expensive but last for years.  Not sure this one will stand the test of time!

17. Kat Kot - give us a break!

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Who doesn't love a Kit Kat at any time of the day?  With the cost of living, the price of this classic wafer biscuit has risen and the size of it has shrunk.  If you want value for money and don't mind a second rate snack, go for a Kat Kot - it doesn't quite roll off the tongue!

18. Meats- can you Beat it?

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A few years ago, everyone was going around with giant headphones and some individuals had to be almost surgically detached from theirs!  Then bluetooth earbuds broke onto the scene but unless you bought a decent pair, they didn't last long.  Beats by Dr Dre were the ones to go for but we found some cheaper ones right here!

19. I Think It Tastes Like Butter - can you believe it?

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Visit the chilled aisle in your grocery store and you will be bombarded by different brands of the same product.  We often go for a cheaper option if we are watching the cents.  The product in this image isn't so much asking to be purchased as speaking its thoughts out loud.

20. Prongles - get your teeth into those!

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Pringles are addictive and I know I'm not alone in saying this.  I'm a sour cream and chives kind of person although my other half swears by bbq flavor and can polish off a whole tub of them without offering them around!  If you are getting through Pringles like there's no tomorrow, then stock up (maybe) and save by purchasing it's knock off sister, Prongles!

21. My Little Fashion Horse?

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Now that takes me back.  I remember playing with My Little Pony when I was young and my mom used to say it was the only thing that kept me quiet and stopping me arguing with my siblings.  You'll have something to shout about when you see the special offer at a fraction of the cost.  Welcome to Fashion Horse.

22. Soda Scam!

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Why is it that soda tastes so much better out of the bottle?  An ice cold Coke or a zingy Sprite always hits the spot.  The bottles are more costly than cans but it's worth it.  It can be even more cost effective if you go for an alternative - looks the same but doesn't taste the same.

23. Movable Stick -if only there was proper name for it!

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Surely a rolling pin is a generic name and not associated with a brand.  The makers of this knock off copy had other ideas and thought there could be a patent on the words so they had to come up with another punchy name.  They hit it big time when they called it a moveable stick.

24. The Huge Mountain - Is that the best they could do?

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Some people are so creative, it's easy to become envious of them.  They can impress us with coming up with names to catch our attention and be kind to our bank balance.  When looking to  buy a sweatshirt, instead of The North Side, dress with confidence and get The Huge Mountain.

25. Game Child - to be politically correct!

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These days we have to be so careful not to offend anyone or anything!  The era of the Gameboy may be well and truly behind us because some over sensitive beings might say it's not just for boys.  The problem was well and truly solved with the name Game Child!

26. Adidos -something's not quite right!

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The brand Adidas has been around forever.  From being the height of fashion, then dropping down the ranks but making a resurgence some years later, it's no wonder that the knock off brands worked until midnight on their latest range - just a vowel out of place.

27. Snipers - dangerous chocolate

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I'm young enough to have been a fan of the Marathon bar in the eighties.  Rebranding it to attract a different audience, the makers decided on Snickers.  It tasted the same so we weren't concerned.  We were a tad put out though when we saw you could get the equivalent, Snipers!  Doesn't have that same pull.

28. Crust - mouth watering!

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It's unusual to see a knock off brand when we are talking toothpaste.  If there is a store's own make, they would probably make up a completely different name.  To go to such lengths as to copy the design of a well known toothpaste and make it sound disgusting might not have been the plan but they succeeded - crusty!

29. S & M's - for adults only!

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What's your favorite color of M & M's? Everyone has one!  Iran may not have received the memo when they decided to invent their take on the delicious M & M's that we all enjoy.  The best they could do was the "after the watershed" version which was S & M's.  Very inappropriate!

30. Hoed & Shoulders - not a typo

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At first glance, we think there's been a typo but that's not the strangest thing about this product.  It is advertised on the bottle as "shampoo control" whereas we thought the aim of it was dandruff control.  I suppose you could use it as bubble bath instead if you wished!

31. Red Labial - maybe NSFW

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Johnnie Walker's Red Label Whisky is a famous brand among the alcohol connoisseurs, and this not only insults the brand itself by thinking 'labial' is an appropriate replacement, but then goes the whole hog by including the 'Johnnie Worker' - maybe the original's long lost cousin?

32. Specialman - he sure is

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I mean, they're not wrong - Superman is special in many ways, mainly because of his super duper powers and incredible strength. So 'specialman' could definitely be an adorable nickname for him. It seems that special man is a fan of a little Danny Zuko style quiff.

33. The Holy Trinity

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This has to be a joke to have the three of these right next to each other... or maybe it's a whole street dedicated to hilarious knock-offs. Here we have those well known fashion brands: Play Store (and you thought they just sold games!), Google and WhatsApp menswear.

34. iPhone Shoes - a different kind of pairings

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We know how great it is to sync up your Apple devices and get that 'pairing successful' notification - but you might not have expected to ever have a pair of shoes thrown into the bargain. They're not even subtle about this one, are they? They've got the apple logo to boot.

35. Burger Madam & Sir - no more royalty

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Here the brand is branching out and deciding to include the everyday man and woman in its burgers rather than burger royalty. We wonder if their menu items are still fit for a king, or if this one is now peasant food. Imagine ordering a Madam & Sir Whopper off the menu...

36. MasterBeef - taking your meat out on credit

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To be fair, MasterBeef isn't the worst name for a store selling meat - it sounds professional, it makes you trust in the brand... bonus points if their butchers are actually masters of their craft. But then you have the clearly ripped off MasterCard logo...

37. Pimp - that one isn't even subtle

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Based on this guy's self-confident expression and the convenient shot in front of a very expensive boat, we're willing to bet this one was very much intentional. But it's still hilarious that you can easily have such a 'Puma' knockoff - and we don't know if it's the fold of the hat or is the cat logo extra-thin?

38. Sunbucks Coffee -

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The funny thing about this is it's not even the first or only Starbucks knock-off to be found - but this one takes the iconic green and white color combination, as well as the font, to give it a pretty impressive go. The new logo here looks something like a door knocker, doesn't it?

39. Sun Care Explorer.exe has stopped working

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Does that logo look familiar? Would you trust this SPF? Would you even expect it to be sun lotion at all? We're not really sure why someone would pair together this particularly symbol and sun screen, though... or is it the screen link? Internet, computer screen... sun screen?

40. PolyStation - from... Nintendo?

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There's so much to unpack here - quite literally. The box clearly states the established brand Nintendo without any attempt to cover it up - and the shout out to Namco, too. Then there's the PolyStation rip off, not only in text but the clear PlayStation logo in the corner... you got to respect them for trying.

41. Harry Potter... the hedgehog?

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We understand why they might want to combine two popular kids characters: Harry Potter and Sonic the Hedgehog. But... why? And why change the colors? Why does it say OBAMA down the side? So many questions. If you want to buy Harry Potter merch, people, you're probably best doing it from the official store...

42. Pizza... Huh?

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We understand why you couldn't directly rip off the name 'Pizza Hut' - so what's the next best thing? Apparently this placed was a bit stumped when it came to Pizza.... something. Depending on what accent you have, too, 'huh' could still sound like 'hut' if you say it really fast.

43. Google - for when you want to browse the internet on the toilet

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Maybe this place wanted to jump on the trend of people using their phones on the toilet. Google being the most obvious choice for those really deep toilet questions that pop into your brain - sort of like shower thoughts but with the risk of dropping your phone in the toilet bowl.

44. Kentucky Fried... Gicken?

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What's more disturbing - the clear rip off, or that particular rendition of Colonel Sander's slightly terrifying cousin? We really, really want to know what the G stands for... or the K and F, too, for that matter. What do you think - would you eat here? It's red, white and blue after all.

45. You wouldn't be able to Hike in these...

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We've had 'Mike' which was funny enough, but apparently the knock offs never end with the Nike brand... and here we have some comfy sliders you might be interested in, not least because of the brand name. And they've waved copyright on the tick logo by making it look more like.. a ladle, we guess?

46. Pizza Roof - for when the hut itself isn't enough

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So you need a knock off name, and you can't have 'hut' - so how about any other part of the hut itself? Pizza Wall? Na. Pizza Door? Doesn't cut it. How about Pizza Roof? Also, just a note - Pizza Roof is definitely not edible, and instead seems to be a Friday night treat for your Barbie doll.

47. The doctor will see you now

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Just how many Dr Pepper knock offs can you get?! Do they all taste the same, too? Take a close look... what's your favorite name? You can't really be more convinced than 'Dr Perfect' - the clue's in the name. But of course there's the 'Real Dr' - so that must be reliable, right?

48. The Secretive Goo...

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These guys wanted a knock-off, but they weren't prepared to give up the turtle - or the mutant part, for that matter. So what's the next best thing? Mighty Mutant Power Turtles, of course! Props for a bit of alliteration. But the Secretive Goo is where it gets really interesting... or worse.

49. Nokla - the nok-off

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If there's one thing you need to watch out for when you're trying to not get ripped off, it's with technology - and knock-off mobile phones are definitely big in the market. Nokia is one of the more notorious and reliable older phones - we all played Snake, right? - but it doesn't compare to a genuine Nokla!

50. Learn your abc's

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These guys were really going through the whole alphabet to try and come up with another name for adidas, weren't there? We just don't know why they stopped at abc and then just decided to add 'ids'. 'Ab-sids?' 'A-b-c-i-d-s?' We need to know the thought behind this!