22 more fake Apple Stores found in China so far

first_imgLast month we had the surprise discovery that in China there are fake Apple Stores that look just like the real thing and employ staff who believe they work for Apple. In total 5 such stores were identified in the city of Kunming, and 2 of those were shut down shortly after news of their existence spread across the internet. They weren’t shut down for being unauthorized though, it was a simple case of the owners not having business licenses.5 fake stores serving a small percentage of the billion-strong population of China isn’t too much for Apple to be concerned about, and they were selling official goods so the profits would still be coming in for Apple. But 5 wasn’t the real total number of unauthorized stores as 22 more have now been discovered in the same city.Following news that such stores existed, Apple China’s Shanghai office started complaining about violations of trademarks and unfair competition to the local Kunming authorities. The main complaint came down to using official Apple logos in these stores without permission, a practice that clearly makes them look like official outlets.An investigation was launched on August 2nd, and a further 22 stores were found to be selling either official or counterfeit Apple products under the guise of being an official store.The fact it took an investigation to locate these stores doesn’t bode well for them reappearing elsewhere soon after being closed down. Clearly they can operate mostly unnoticed until someone important complains. This discovery also begs the question: if Kumming had 27 fake stores, how many more are hiding in other major cities around China?Read more at Reuters and MacWorldlast_img

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