It’s a pretty safe bet that nobody who buys an engineering software package worth thousands of dollars for just a few bucks at a place nicknamed “the fake market” actually thinks they’re getting the real thing. It may be a working copy of the software, but don’t try calling tech support or inquiring about an upgrade. Nevertheless, it’s always amazing to see how, well, fakey some of these fakes are. Note the spelling of PTC WildFire in the area with the black background. (Click on the photo to see detail.)
Hint: If You Want to Pirate Software, Use Spellcheck
On a trip to Shanghai to research an article on “fakes,” I walked into the Xiangyang Market. Thirty minutes later and after some fierce haggling, I walked out with copies of Adobe Acrobat 3D, SolidWorks 2006, AutoCAD 2007, and PTC Wildfire. Total price: $22.00. Oh yeah, and I did snag a six season set of The Sopranos for $19.00.