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      07-20-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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Chinese counterfeiting extends to full-blown fake Apple retail stores

Extremely detailed knock-off Apple retail stores, complete with blue t-shirt-wearing employees claiming to work for the company, have been discovered in China.

According to the blog BirdAbroad (via ifoAppleStore), several counterfeit Apple stores have popped up in Kunming, China. One such location featured a winding staircase and employees in t-shirts with Apple logos and name tags.

"The name tags around the necks of the friendly salespeople didn’t actually have names on them – just an Apple logo and the anonymous designation “Staff,”" the report read.

The author called the store "the best ripoff store" she had ever seen, though there were several giveaways, such as the poor quality of the staircase and a sub-par paint job. Also, the stores do not appear to have upgraded to Apple's Retail 2.0 layout that uses iPads as "smart signs."

According to her, the employees at the store "all genuinely think they work for Apple." After store security guards and employees prohibited her from taking photos, the author hinted that she and her husband were "two American Apple employees visiting China and checking out the local stores" and were then allowed to photograph the store.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...il_stores.html
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      07-20-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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it's hard to find anything real there, be it everyday staple food or vintage wine...
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      07-20-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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Apple "Stoer" lol
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      07-20-2011, 11:11 AM   #4
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      07-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #5
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Why is Apple worth killing over, for an Asian. I'm waiting to hear the serial killer who kills Iphone users.
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whatever makes money.

it's not like there's no "counterfeiting" here.

See iOS 5's new notification feature vs Android.
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whatever makes money.

it's not like there's no "counterfeiting" here.

See iOS 5's new notification feature vs Android.
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      07-20-2011, 11:55 AM   #8
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So sad. They kid who gave up his kidney and the girl who gave up her virginity prob got counterfeit apple products in return.
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      07-20-2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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And the world is complaining about our insistence to crack down on copyright infringement....

Give me a break.
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i think they are selling real apple products

it's just not an apple owned store.
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isnt apple not allowed in China at all? meaning no products? thats why they are paying exhorbitant amounts on eBay for unlocked iPhones right?

btw this is a pretty impressive copy!
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they have proper apple stores in mainland....and there is a line to get inside lols
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isnt apple not allowed in China at all? meaning no products? thats why they are paying exhorbitant amounts on eBay for unlocked iPhones right?

btw this is a pretty impressive copy!
There are many real apple stores in China and I think they sell more there than any other country.

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/07/10/...-large-crowds/
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Ive heard of everything made in china but never heard such a thing... this is funny.
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it's hard to find anything real there, be it everyday staple food or vintage wine...
Very true.
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isnt apple not allowed in China at all? meaning no products? thats why they are paying exhorbitant amounts on eBay for unlocked iPhones right?

btw this is a pretty impressive copy!
i've personally seen apple stores in shanghai and beijing. real ones. apple is popular in china, but most chinese can't afford it. it's very much a luxury for rich chinese.
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      07-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #17
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Although the Chinese have no intellectual property rights, and are cunning pirates of other folks' hard work, they will never be able to duplicate the white man's average-sized penis.
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      07-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #18
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Update


Fake Apple store customers are pissed.


Customers at an "Apple Store" in the Chinese city of Kunming berated staff and demanded refunds on Friday after the shop was revealed to be an elaborate fake, sparking a media and internet frenzy.

Long a target of counterfeiters and unauthorised resellers, Apple Inc was alerted to the near flawless fake shop by an American blogger living in the southwestern city, more than 1,000 miles from the nearest genuine Apple stores in Beijing and Shanghai.

"When I heard the news I rushed here immediately to get the receipt, I am so upset," a customer told Reuters. "With a store this big, it looks so believable who would have thought it was fake?"


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...ke-apple-store
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      07-22-2011, 01:06 PM   #19
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Almost looks legit.
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