Fake Apple Stores in China prompt official investigation

Earlier this week, there were reports from various bloggers regarding the discovery of fake Apple Stores in the Chinese city of Kunming. Thanks to American blogger BirdAbroad, Chinese officials have begun an investigation into all electronics shops in the city.

As Reuters reports (via AppleInsider), Chinese authorities in the industrial and commercial sectors will look into the operating licenses for electronics stores, and check for any violations in not obtaining valid brand permits. Authorities will also investigate supply channels used by the stores.

While the Chinese public await the results of the investigation, some have taken matters into their own hands. Reuters also no tes that some of the stores were willing to admit they were copycats, but according to an employee of a fake Apple Store, they shrugged off the mounting complaints from angry customers, stating there was "no Chinese law that says [we] can't decorate my shop the way [we] want to decorate it."

Business at some of the knockoff stores has taken a hit following the commotion caused by the story, with customers demanding to know if their purchased Apple products were genuine. Amongst the crowd of furious customers is a twenty-three year old office worker named Ms. Wang. She shouted at employees of a Kunming store and demanded receipts for her month-old transactions at the store where she purchased a Macbook Pro and a iPhone 3G. At the time, staff asked Ms. Wang to return later for the receipts.

On the same token, employees of the store, a few who were aware of the store's illegitimacy, were just as furious as the customers over the increased media scrutiny. But in the coming weeks, the owners will find only more attention from authorities, and will have to answer to some of their employees who believed they were working for the Cupertino-based company.

Image Credit: BirdAbroad

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Wooohoooo

Buy an Epad for the Price of an Ipad and Get an Effin Depression For Free

I'd probably kill myself if i paid 600-100 dollars for something worth 150$

Ultimatum said,
Wooohoooo

Buy an Epad for the Price of an Ipad and Get an Effin Depression For Free

I'd probably kill myself if i paid 600-100 dollars for something worth 150$

Dude it's China. You can get an iPad 3 for $150 there

dhruva said,
is it just me or what being anti apple not coz i cant afford it but just coz i like rebelling

Maybe it's because you have poor spelling and grammar, and posted something completely incoherent?

stablemist said,
Getting furious over not working in a "real" Apple store is silly.

I think it isn't silly at all. They weren't working where they thought they were. Just consider working for a company claiming to be one thing, only to find they're fake, then having your own employment being at risk just because your employer was a fraud.

On that note, it shuts down the notion of saying they "...should be happy they even got a job." They got a "fake job" of sorts, one which suffers an even worse chance of disappearing at any time than a "real" one. They could be glad that they're getting a paycheck to support themselves, maybe, but considering the source, any happiness is probably even more short lived than any job at a legitimate employer, so how glad should they really be?

stablemist said,
Getting furious over not working in a "real" Apple store is silly.

Why? If you're been told you work for a company which doesn't turn out to be true I'd be upset too. There could be all kinds of implications for employees in the short and long run.

.Neo said,

Why? If you're been told you work for a company which doesn't turn out to be true I'd be upset too. There could be all kinds of implications for employees in the short and long run.
I seriously don't get it. If you're working at an Apple store, don't you have enough common sense to atleast find out if your store is listed on the Apple site.

well they are right. Its up to them how to design thier store. If I wish to design my room as an Apple store there is nothing that can stop me.

Soldiers33 said,
well they are right. Its up to them how to design thier store. If I wish to design my room as an Apple store there is nothing that can stop me.

If you want to stick Apple logos all over your room, you're right... nothing wrong with that (well apart from it being exceptionally sad). However when it comes to trading, then there are such things as trademarks. So no, the Chinese store owners are NOT right.

Soldiers33 said,
well they are right. Its up to them how to design thier store. If I wish to design my room as an Apple store there is nothing that can stop me.

You are seriously comparing your room to a place of commerce in a public location? Lol...

TCLN Ryster said,

If you want to stick Apple logos all over your room, you're right... nothing wrong with that (well apart from it being exceptionally sad). However when it comes to trading, then there are such things as trademarks. So no, the Chinese store owners are NOT right.

Except this is China, where Twitter and Facebook is blocked and you can get a fake/bootlegged copy of almost anything from any market. Good luck applying international copyright and trademark.

If they're selling genuine Apple products but aren't authorized dealers then I can't see it being completely terrible, especially because Apple only have stores in Beijing and Shanghai.