Further investigation pinpoints yet to another 22 additional fake Apple stores in China
In fact, 22 so-called Apple stores in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming have been identified thus far, and of course, they’ve been issued orders to stop using Apple’s logos in their storefronts. Additionally, Apple China went as far as saying that their use of Apple’s logo is an unfair business practice and a violation of its registered trademarks.
There’s no arguing that Apple’s products are in demand in the world’s biggest cell phone market, but it’s absolutely mind-boggling to know that these stores have been operating under the radar for some time. With 22 more fake Apple stores spotted on top of the ones initially sniffed out at the end of last month, it does beg the question how rampant and widespread the issue is in China.
For those who can’t get enough of Apple stores over there, the Cupertino based company actually plans to open 25 new stores in the near future, which actually supplements the paltry four that are in current operation in the country. Let’s hope they open soon before any more fakes stores sprout up.
source: Reuters via AppleInsider
1. SteveBallmer (unregistered)
Anything that goes to China will definitely have bogus product.
I am betting big on India to be the next economic powerhouse, China will lose out along with its ageing population.
2. ztedac (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 May 2010)
the same thing with india with overpopulated boys (not enough girls)
the same issue has been with china...
but apple IS partially assemble in china... so you implying....? xD
3. razec (unregistered)
yeah it's disgusting, on the mobile phone market, save for ZTE and Huawei, china is known for counterfeit and clone products that has a 3rd rate build quality. How can they take all those negative impressions were beyond my imagination
5. SniggIy (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)
The nerve of some people, to pretend to be an actual apple store. What's wrong with people these days?
8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I'm sure you feel this is totally ok
6. Lol_Troll (unregistered)
This is ridiculous, I bet in a matter of time, some cunning counterfeit store is going to name themselves "Banana" for the lols.
7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6954; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Think when i visit china buy myself a fake iphone and show it off ro friends saying that i bought this from a fake Apple store