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Intrepid Blogger Discovers Fake Apple Store in China

Intrepid Blogger Discovers Fake Apple Store in China
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Any visitor to China or Southeast Asia is undoubtedly familiar with the wide array of knock-offs that China produces: anything from T-shirts to handbags to DVDs.  These fakes are often quite convincing, but the quality is, in reality, much shoddier than the name-brand product, and of course, the whole concept is a giant violation of intellectual property rights.

An American blogger in Kunming, China is receiving high praise for discovering what may be the most ambitious knock-off yet: an Apple store, complete with winding staircases, Apple logos, and employees in blue shirts and Apple name tags.  Some of the employees even believed that they were working for a real Apple store.

The blogger, BirdAbroad explains that it was a “beautiful ripoff — a brilliant one — the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day). But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn’t been painted properly.  Apple never writes ‘Apple Store’ on it’s [sic] signs — it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.”  According to Apple’s website, it only has a handful of stores in China, and certainly not in Kunming, which BirdAbroad describes as something of a backwater.  Even with the media furor, the store is still apparently operating.

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5:04PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

lol. they did it again,

12:16AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Not surprised.

6:06PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Not just China - and not just intellectual rights.

11:56PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

This is so disgusting...how could anyone vote "no" either?!!!

7:08AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Ugh, China.

4:27PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

China strikes again

7:44AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

It's China... *rolls eyes*

5:15AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Who cares- really we should be making our products here and there are much bigger problems within our country to worry about this!

4:45AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

What motive does the Chinese government have to protect intellectual property rights?

3:37AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Government protecting intellectual rights is not going to help much - if there is a demand there is bound to be a supply and I agree with mike C's comment. I would also like to add that most of the niche labels have a snob value added to its intellectual value. Let them drop the snob value and all the counterfeit manufactureres will vanish.
I still remember counterfeit items long long time back in India was labelled "made in USA". It only meant Ulhasnagar Sindhi Association.

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