July 21, 2011
Counterfeit Chinese Apple Store Discovered In Kunming
A Chinese counterfeit Apple store has pop up in the capital of China's mountainous southwestern Yunnan province, selling knockoff devices of Apple Inc.'s best-selling iPhones and iPads.
According to 27-year-old American blogger living in Kunming, China, the store looks every bit like Apple Stores found all over the world, including the wooden tables and staff uniforms equipped with the white Apple logo.
Apple has not opened stores in Kunming and only 13 authorized retailers are located in the city, which are not allowed to call themselves Apple Stores or claim to work for Apple.
"This was a total Apple store rip-off. A beautiful rip-off - a brilliant one - the best rip-off store we had ever seen," the BirdAbroad blog posted on Wednesday.
"Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple."
The blogger did not specify if the store was selling fake or genuine Apple products in the country, which boasts the world's largest online population.
The store had sections devoted to different Apple products, as well as large posters advertising the iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro.
Apple has four retail outlets in Beijing and Shanghai. The company plans for two more this year, including one in Shanghai and another in Hong Kong.
The blogger said there have been over 500,000 visits to the counterfeit store in less than 48 hours.
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