I hate to write about ‘Chinese copies’ or ‘China’s XXX’. But you’d be urged to write about China’s Fabs when Tencent, the Chinese Internet giant, invested in the US company. There are Chinese services, such as Xipin, that did claim they were ‘China’s Fabs’. However we cannot count all the online design goods retailers as Fab copies.

To be fair, unlike services such as group-buying, you don’t have to copy Fab in order to sell designer goods online or pivot now and then. Some of the sites I’d list in this post started with Etsy model and later added flash sales or other services. What I feel sorry to tell you is that their webpages look alike in layout and the only difference I can tell between them is goods they sell.

Also I don’t want to speculate on how Tencent would help Fab to establish presence in China, for 1) I don’t think the investment Tencent made in Fab is for bringing it to China in the first place, 2) if Tencent did want to do so, I guess Fab would be suggested to read stories about Groupon China, or Gaopeng, the joint venture established by Groupon and Tencent.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com