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Take a close look at the image above. On the surface, you have what appears to be a snapshot of a Chinese-based Apple retail store. Indeed, all the familiar bells
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    Default Cloned Apple Stores Plague China, Confuse Customers


    Take a close look at the image above. On the surface, you have what appears to be a snapshot of a Chinese-based Apple retail store. Indeed, all the familiar bells and whistles of an Apple store experience are there - the furniture, color scheme, products, etc. But low and behold this isn't really an Apple Store - at least not an official one.

    Although Apple's retail presence in China is growing by leaps and bounds (read more about Apple's Chinese retail endeavors), fake Apple products are no stranger to mainland China. And it now appears as though cloned Apple stores are gaining the same traction.

    This photo inside a fake Apple store in Kunming, China shows bold wall graphics, a wood display counter against the wall, an employee in a Apple logo blue shirt wearing a white name tag on a lanyard, acrylic info cards, iPads on tilted acrylic stands, stone floor, and the "Apple Store" sign. The second level has wood flooring
    How does this happen, you ask? Well, all we know for sure is that those who own these fake Apple stores are doing their best to keep attention off of the "unofficial" aspect of their locations. In fact, the powers that be at spots like the one pictured above strictly prohibit any video or photos being taken inside the store.

    Still, some images were taken and turned up yesterday on IFOapplestore. What remains to be seen is how Apple and Chinese officials will ultimately handle the growing rash of knock-off stores and products that continue to plague China - a problematic scenario that one must assume will be addressed as Apple moves forward with unprecedented retail expansion plans for China.

    Source: IFOapplestore

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    Wow! how can that happen apple being so straightforward against fake products. It will be something interesting to visit and see how the quality of the products is.

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    guy looks like he has to go to the bathroom badly or hes just to impress that girl

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    i think thats the first asian dude ive seen with tits

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    It looks like everything will be made in China, which it's already is.

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    Oh China, how you confuse me

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    Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
    oh china, how you confuse me
    谢谢

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    after all that attention to detail, you would think they would at least ensure the cardboard cutout apple staff were upright and not leaning crooked! - gives the game away!

    bet thats a fake omega on his wrist too

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebeso View Post
    Wow! how can that happen apple being so straightforward against fake products. It will be something interesting to visit and see how the quality of the products is.
    China is known for putting fake apple products so it puzzles me as to why apple will sell the official iPhone 5 in China. seems to me that that would encourage more fakes.

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    Don't worry, apple will be shortly releasing an update, to prevent unauthorized apple stores from showing up.

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    The title of this article states fake Apple Stores, it does not say they are selling fake hardwares. Those iPads on those displays looks like real ones.
    Probably trying to cash in on Apple equipment sales and service profits

    Quote Originally Posted by eurotrashmax View Post
    Don't worry, apple will be shortly releasing an update, to prevent unauthorized apple stores from showing up.
    Go to these stores and if they are selling genuine Apple products, they can block access for all the hardwares in these stores with an update from Jobs

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    Quote Originally Posted by matrixhunter View Post
    guy looks like he has to go to the bathroom badly or hes just to impress that girl
    I think he's trying to impress the chick. #fail
    Lol

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    This pic doesn't even look like it was photographed in china.

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    Guy in the blue shirt: " check out my amazing man boobies!"
    Woman next to him: " they look like apples! How much were they with a 2 year contract?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmofo View Post
    This pic doesn't even look like it was photographed in china.
    good point...
    the guy in the background dont look chinese and also the bag hes holding says NY on it..
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmvguy83 View Post
    good point...
    the guy in the background dont look chinese and also the bag hes holding says NY on it..
    lol
    Tourist maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmvguy83 View Post
    good point...
    the guy in the background dont look chinese and also the bag hes holding says NY on it..
    lol
    Could be a student or tourist. I know almost all of my stuff says CHINA on it and Im in NY! LOL

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    Hilarious, knock off products sure but a knock off store... Priceless!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnBKiD521 View Post
    Guy in the blue shirt: " check out my amazing man boobies!"
    Woman next to him: " they look like apples! How much were they with a 2 year contract?"
    lololoololololol

    If there real apple products (hopefully cheaper) then who gives a damn.
    You guys are mad at this guy for making money when Steve Jobs himself is the rip-off of the century.
    Im sure he has the iPhone7 in a case somewhere ready to be the most powerful phone ever but he needs to release 7 differnt models just cause Apple fans will buy it.
    Last edited by chad daddy; 07-20-2011 at 06:46 PM.

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