Fake Apple Stores In China Ordered To Shut Down Operations

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    Remember the fake Apple Stores we talked about the other day? Well, Chinese newspaper Dushi Shibao reports that the stores have been shut down, after orders from local authorities.

    The news comes from Bloomberg which cites newspaper Dushi Shibao’s report which, in turn, was posted on Kunming city’s local government website. Chinese officials investigated five stores and found two of the store’s operations to be illegal as they were running without proper licenses.

    From Bloomberg:

    Chinese authorities shut two stores in Kunming that used Apple Inc.’s logo without the company’s permission because they lacked the proper business licenses, a newspaper run by the southwestern city’s government reported.

    Three separate unauthorized Apple stores, which also were investigated, had operating licenses, according to the Dushi Shibao newspaper report that was posted on the Kunming city government’s website. Officials inspected more than 300 vendors of electronic products in the city, Dushi reported.


    Being the world’s most populous country, with the world’s second largest economy, there is an outstandingly strong demand for Apple products in China and Apple is nowhere close to meeting said demand. They have only four retail Apple Stores with all four operating in Beijing and Shanghai. Besides this, Apple has over 900 resellers. Despite all this seemingly wide network, people are from smaller districts are forced to get their Apple fix from unauthorized stores.

    This is the main reason why businessmen like Yu Cheng open up such retail outlets.

    He feels that he is actually “doing Apple a favor” by opening faux Apple Stores. Cheng now wants to become a legitimate reseller of the fruit company up in Cupertino, having applied for permission to use the company’s logo and sell its products.

    Bloomberg notes that over 1 million iPads were sold in China the previous quarter, with more than half of the post-PC tablet devices being bought from unauthorized stores. Apple’s revenue from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan totaled $3.8 billion in the last quarter.

    Apple so far has declined to comment on this story.
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    It looked so authentic (apart from 'Stoer' [​IMG])

    At least it sells official Apple stuff.
     
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    Well, I don't really care about Apple because their computers aren't worth the darn(have you evered worked on a project on those computers, but then the computer had the spiral of death? It ticks me off).
     
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    God knows whats planned next in China lol.
     
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    no can't say i have.

    so the other three were actual "apple stores" or they just had "proper" chinese business licenses?
     
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    How are people supposed get overpriced hardware for less than what Apple charges now?

    Ya know, aside from going with a PC with better specs.
     
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    well designed i must say. not even a single shop here looks like that.
    i cant believe they all had apple tshirts and apple symbols everywhere.
     
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    Next: Nintendo World Stoer. [​IMG]

    I liked the idea though, China.
     
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    Imagine all of the poor people that bought one of those rip-offs.
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    I can just see the headlines:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    I believe the products themselves are real.

    Better Vid (imo)

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    They were selling real Apple products. THe rip-off part came from them pretending to be Apple stores themselves fooling people into being more likely to buy with them because buying direct from Apple means its definitely the real thing and if you have a problem you can take it there and definitely get it fixed.
     
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    Oh, so if the products themselves were real then everything is OK.
    At least the stuff they bought was legit.
     
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    They were still breaking copyright law by using the company name and logo as the store name/sign so that's why they were shut down.
     
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    xD this made me lol
     
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    They could have a secret fake underground China underneath the real China, a la Prof. Layton and the Unwound Future. Then the Apple Stoer has the hidden "time machine" inside the building that'll take you there.
     
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    It's China.

    Since when did copyright even matter?

    When I was there, I bought copied PS games (HKs) from legit shops. You couldn't even find real ones.
     
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    most the store there are aiming at the high profit about apple gadgets ,but not focus on the iphone or ipad. so apple you are a big man, you must be envied.
     
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    Chinese Layton and Luke? [​IMG]
    *Imagine*

    Either that or they will build the next (fake) White House and manipulate the mind of the citizens into believing they live in the United States... [​IMG]
     

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