This is unbelievable!
An American blogger discovered three fake Apple stores operating in Kunming city, China. The anonymous American female blogger based in Kunming city displayed pictures of the stores and their staff.
In the article, she writes about conversations with staff, many of whom were convinced that they were employed by the US electronics firm.
Apple has said it has no comment to make on the discovery of the counterfeit shops.
On her blog, BirdAbroad described the stores as a “beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen”.
She describes how convincing the shop was at first glance because so much trouble had been taken to copy key elements of a real Apple store.
The blog entry mentioning the visit to the fake store has proved hugely popular and has gathered more than 500,000 visits in less than 48 hours. You can see it here.
This is a HUGE problem for companies like Microsoft and Apple. The Chinese government really doesn’t give a damn about piracy and incidents like these don’t bode well for the release of Windows 8 in China.
What next, a fake Microsoft store?
Pictures of the fake Apple Store in Kunming city are below…