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  • Fake Apple Store Spotted in Iraq



    The Apple Store pictured above looks more than a little off doesn't it? Especially when you notice the giant Nokia box in the bottom portion of the display case just to the left of the entrance. Not very Apple-esque.

    Apparently developing nations is where its at when it comes to incredibly brave (stupid) attempts to produce not only counterfeit Apple products, but the entire retail experience. A fake Apple store spotted in Sulaimaniya, in North Iraq, is just the latest example. While not as convincing as its Chinese counterparts, this fake Apple Store tries its best. However, its best includes a number of cell phones and electronics that clearly aren't Apple products. Also, when was the last time Apple displayed Ray-Ban sunglasses at the front of their store?

    The only Apple products that can be somewhat identified are a few MacBooks, iTunes gift cards and MagSafe adapters, the rest of the products appear to be a hodgepodge of electronics a la Radio Shack minus the depressed looking employees. All fake Apple Stores are not created equal it appears, as the Chinese counterfeits sold legit Apple products and had everything down to a T, including the genius bar and Steve Jobs-patented laniards.

    It isn't know if Apple has plans to shut down the store, or whether its worth flying their team of anti-counterfeit operatives to the troubled nation to shut down a decidedly subpar operation.

    Source:Redmond Pie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fake Apple Store Spotted in Iraq started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Lamborghini615's Avatar
      Lamborghini615 -
      there are Apple stores in Iraq? Are there any Apple stores in Syria? LOL
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      This just seems like a normal store whose board is the apple logo
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      f*** iraq
    1. Arceus498's Avatar
      Arceus498 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lamborghini615 View Post
      there are Apple stores in Iraq? Are there any Apple stores in Syria? LOL
      There are fake apple stores in Syria where iPads cost $1000 for the first gen and some stores have apple signs but are just doctors offices.... At least when I went there last year...
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      BOMB IT lol
    1. chillihound's Avatar
      chillihound -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      BOMB IT lol
      Stick an Allied Unit nearby and no doubt the Yanks will take it out in a friendly fire incident.
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      im assuming that the iphones and ipads themselves are actually bombs so a terrorist can go in and buy a bunch of iphones that are really bombs and throw them like grenades that explode disguising bombs as iphones and ipads wow
    1. tansup3rman's Avatar
      tansup3rman -
      eh? doesnt look like an apple store, just an indirect retailer.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by chillihound View Post
      stick an allied unit nearby and no doubt the yanks will take it out in a friendly fire incident.
      pmsl xd
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      Who will complain over there against Al-Kaida ?
    1. chillihound's Avatar
      chillihound -
      Quote Originally Posted by manickbarry View Post
      pmsl xd
      Don't wet yourself.
    1. Shady6's Avatar
      Shady6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chillihound View Post
      Stick an Allied Unit nearby and no doubt the Yanks will take it out in a friendly fire incident.
      Yet every time some country can't fight their own battle they call the US.
    1. JayQuint87's Avatar
      JayQuint87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vruls View Post
      This just seems like a normal store whose board is the apple logo
      Agreed.
    1. Jawwwwsh's Avatar
      Jawwwwsh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shady6 View Post
      Yet every time some country can't fight their own battle they call the US.
      I don't really think Iraq asked the US to intervene....
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      I'm surprised Apple hasn't filed for trademark infringement on the iRaq
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      a la Radio Shack
      I found this quite humorous
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Is that one of those malls where young single men are not allowed to enter in fear that they may take advantage of or otherwise hook up with young single women?
    1. barondebxl's Avatar
      barondebxl -
      That's awesome. I hope they make a lot of money too, screw apple.
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      Quite a lot of the comments above are highly insensitive and obnoxious to say the least.
      God know what those people are talking about - nosy - amrikans !!!!!
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Imaoooo way to damn funny