Some of you may remember a post we ran last Wednesday, May 1, about a ridiculous website calling itself Blognix, and which had seemingly cloned TeleRead’s entire site—content, design and all. Well, I suppose I was remiss in mentioning that just two days later, and without too much of a hassle, frankly, the head of NAPCO’s IT department succeeded in squashing Blognix like the sad and pitiful little project it was.
Incredibly though, Blognix morphed like an amoeba almost immediately after ridding itself of its bogus TeleRead cloak; it’s now cloning a website called Cheap Tech For Me. Take a look for yourself: Blognix here; Cheap Tech here.
Of course, since I only became aware of our cloned site when a good samaritan emailed me out of the blue and brought it to my attention, I figured that passing along the favor to the next stolen site would be the least I could do. But after searching nearly every last pixel of the Cheap Tech site, I came up blank; there didn’t seem to be contact information of any sort listed on the site anywhere.
I mentioned this to a colleague, who suggested that Cheap Tech For Me may in fact be a clone itself, which would at least explain the total lack of contact info, not to mention bylines. No Facebook or Twitter accounts seem to exist for it, either. (Could it be that Blognix is now cloning a clone?)
At any rate, I did find a Dutch consumer electronics e-retailer known as Cheap Tech. And oddly enough, an event that’s being referred to as a “Blognix” is currently being planned in Birmingham, in the UK; it’s a picnic for bloggers.
In all seriousness though, I’ve got it give it to these oddball cloners: It’s not a bad little scam.