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  • Fake Apple Stores Continue to Plague Apple in China

    Even as China emerges as a major global marketplace for Apple products, that hasn't stopped the scourge of fake Apple stores and Apple products from springing up inside of the world's most populous nation.

    The latest reports out of China suggest that more unauthorized "Apple" stores are turning up.

    The rapid increase in copycat Apple stores underscores the popularity of the brand in China, where it doubled its revenue in the third quarter from a year earlier to more than $13 billion, and suggests the U.S. tech giant is on course to shrug off weakening consumer spending in its second biggest market.
    A Wednesday report from Reuters makes it sounds as though the problem has become an epidemic, especially at a time when interest surrounding iPhone 6s emerges.

    As of this writing, there are 22 legitimate Apple stores in China, with the company planning to raise that number to 40 during 2016.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fake Apple Stores Continue to Plague Apple in China started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I know of two fake Apple Stores within 20 minutes of here, and I'm in the USA. The difference is that they are certified Apple partners for tech support/repair, but they go all the way copying Apple Store styles, stocking similar inventory, and behaving more as retail stores than service stores. They even have the giant Apple logo on a metallic wall in the back ("Genius Bar").

      It works too. I've bumped into countless people who insist that metro Atlanta has Apple Stores on the south side in Newnan and Peachtree City. They've been there repeatedly and made major purchases (iPads, MacBooks, official accessories, etc) without realizing that those are not Apple Stores. I've been pointing this out since the first "LOL! China." articles came out. Heck, I've been pointing it out even longer! Remember the "Apple Stores in China will jailbreak your iPhone" articles way back when the iPhone 3G or 3GS was the latest? Obviously, those were never real Apple Stores. I said as much, though it took a couple more years for that story to break officially.