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…

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • Lad

    If you are surprised by the copy of Apple store in Kunming city, you should come to Shanghai and be surprised so more. You would find not only fake Apple shops, but hundreds of “Authorized Re Sellers” What I can not figure out is where these shops are getting the Apple stuff from. Genuine Apple shops can not satisfy the demands, so these shops are playing on consumers desire to own things like iPads. They sell you overpriced iPad and not only that, if you really want one, you have to buy also accessory, you may even need this accessory; thing is that they double the price of that thing. 
    I will try to post this, but I doubt that local censors will allow it. Crooks here protect each other.

  • Justjimbar

    I live in cyprus and see many fake iphones watches clothes being  sold in shops and markets here at high euro prices most more exspensive than genuine ones
    also piracy of the dvds and latest films is big here.

    • Lad

      I am not expert on economy of making and selling fake products, but brand name companies are not winning my heart by making the stuff in sweat shops using child labor and then selling it for the price that allows profits that the owners turn to 450 feet yachts.
      The same thing goes for copyright protection of movies, videos in general. Profits are going to label owner and not to hard working artist. On top of that, I am not allowed to make copy of DVD that I have had payed for. Call me evil, but I will buy fake stuff as often as I can.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKA3TVVOHOV4U33BU3M4DHCH2Y thomas k

    serves them right people like bill gates and others farmed all the software jobs overseas and screwed all the american software engineers by hiring cheap labor and i hope all the schmuks that went abroad get their patents ripped off too

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKA3TVVOHOV4U33BU3M4DHCH2Y thomas k

    i seen this in korea nike tennis shoes polp shirts pirate movies the movie stars dont pay taxes buy drugs and get away with it ask westley snipes and paris hilton witney houston there are more so pirate movies all you want they evade taxes and do what they please any way while the poor get convicted

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Indra-Nawawi-Daeng-Parani/100000018995031 Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani

    Dear ounora,
    Microsoft and Apple product suceed in dominating the world market today, it spread and expand so rapidly that no other software can match and even follow them. Earlier, I use to make software program using BASIC, I name it “Matrix”, then it stop, there’s a better formula known as Turbo Pascal emerging in the market, then comes Windows. The only way to follow the consumer demand for information is to use Windows which has proven to become a multi purpose and easy to operate. By monopolying the market in an increasing rate, now comes the dark side, the wider it’s expand the more problem rises. If the rule of law didn’t work on counterfeiting the product there must be other ways to over come the weakneses, and I belief that microsoft will wisely select a better defence solution for the product in the near future.