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07-20-2011, 11:44 AM #1
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
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.
07-20-2011, 12:17 PM #2
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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.
07-20-2011, 12:22 PM #3
guy looks like he has to go to the bathroom badly or hes just to impress that girl
07-20-2011, 12:24 PM #4
i think thats the first asian dude ive seen with tits
07-20-2011, 12:24 PM #5
It looks like everything will be made in China, which it's already is.
07-20-2011, 12:43 PM #6
Oh China, how you confuse me
07-20-2011, 01:04 PM #7
07-20-2011, 01:15 PM #8
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
07-20-2011, 01:25 PM #9
07-20-2011, 01:56 PM #10
Don't worry, apple will be shortly releasing an update, to prevent unauthorized apple stores from showing up.
07-20-2011, 02:39 PM #11
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
07-20-2011, 02:40 PM #12
07-20-2011, 03:01 PM #13
This pic doesn't even look like it was photographed in china.
07-20-2011, 03:35 PM #14
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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07-20-2011, 06:58 PM #19
Hilarious, knock off products sure but a knock off store... Priceless!!!
07-20-2011, 07:37 PM #20
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 07:46 PM.