Fake Apple Stores Seen In China.

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  1. Dter ic

    Dter ic ~

    Feb 19, 2009
    As if fake iPhones and iPads weren’t enough, today we came across fake Apple Stores in China. Let me re-emphasize, these are Apple Stores not products.

    We’ve covered quite a few KIRFs in the past; KIRFs being cheap knock-offs, wherein KIRF stands for Keeping It Real Fake, a term popularized by Engadget. From iPhone 4 knock-offs to $93 iPad 2s running Android, we’ve seen ‘em all! A fake Apple Store, though, just completely blows our collective minds. China, you have outdone yourself!

    The discovery comes courtesy of Bird Abroad’s Jessica who came across not one but two fake stores in Kunming, China.

    The people behind the “Stoer” (not a typo) have done an amazing job at emulating the outstanding retail experience that one gets to go through at real Apple Stores (emphasis being on emulating).

    These two stores, while being pretty close to the actual thing, miss out on a lot of little things that make Apple Stores so decidedly Apple in nature.

    The “stoers” have the classic winding staircase, employees wearing blue t-shirts and nametags, huge posters of Apple products and the mighty Reality-Distortion-Field that real Stores possess.

    However, there are quite a few things that were left out in the emulation of said retail experience. Employees at the Stoer aren’t wearing proper nametags, some of the posters hanging are outdated and, most of all, the front of the “Stoer” features not only the Apple logo but also comes with “Apple Stoer” written below it; actual Stores only have the Apple logo on the front.

    There are only four Apple Stores in China and they aren’t in Kunming, which confirms that this “stoer” is fake. Apple often licenses Premium Reseller status to retailers Apple deems good enough to able to sell their products but these retailers are never supposed to brand themselves as actual Apple Stores, which Apple “Stoer” is in complete violation of.

    These fake stores are obviously quite bad for Apple’s brand. Chances are that the employees at the “Stoers” aren’t very well-skilled and may be misguiding the customers. Sure, Apple is making money off these items, but it’s at the potential expense of bad PR.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

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  2. SparkFenix

    SparkFenix GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 6, 2010
    How many products does Apple have?
    Is there a really a need to have a store for 5 or 6 different devices?
  3. ShawnTRods

    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

    Mar 26, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Thats hilarious 0.0
    first products, now they have a whole fake retail store! lol
  4. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    And then I was all like "Yo dude, Imma workin' in an Apple Stoer. You jelly?"
    Sorry for the off-topic. I HAD to do it.

    This is simply awesome. They can clone pretty much everything, in China.
  5. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    oh china...
  6. godreborn

    godreborn GBAtemp Psycho!

    Oct 10, 2009
    United States
    the chinese should take a crack at itunes next. maybe then we'll get an app that actually works correctly.
  7. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    I lol'd so hard just now. Thank you so much.
  8. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    China's well on their way to cloning the entire United States. Jobs, entertainment, companies, culture, -- you name it. Scary.
  9. RoyalCardMan

    RoyalCardMan DS App Studio™ Developer

    Aug 11, 2010
    United States
    In the middle of gun fire.

    I wonder if they have... [​IMG]

    Oops, off topic. Sorry. I just have to say, China is now becoming very creative(sarcastically).
  10. tagzard

    tagzard Tagzard the Crazy Dinosaur with Wings.

    Apr 28, 2010
    United States
    Chicago Illinois
    Wait so they were also selling fake apple products. If not then why is this kirf store bad?
  11. nando

    nando GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 1, 2008
    United States
    so those are fake stores selling real products, or are the products fake too? or a mix?

    edit: in those pics signs say "apple Store" not "stoer" like the article says. so is the article fake?
  12. roastable

    roastable GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 11, 2011
    look at the first picture
  13. Joktan

    Joktan GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Apr 5, 2010
    United States
    In a big mansion...in Rancoon
    I saw this somewhere this morning and it made me laugh:)I love how the dude is like laying across the shelf.classic!
  14. Saturnplanet5

    Saturnplanet5 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Aug 8, 2006
    I don't believe it's fake. If you look there's signs with the correct spelling. Looks like someone just stuffed up the plastic contact for the window. There's no close up of the stock and it looks like someones spend a lot of money setting up the place. Probably a bit of Engrish that's all.
  15. jonesman99

    jonesman99 GBAtemp's Official ArchAndroid

    Nov 10, 2008
    United States
    A Star Called Metropolis
    And this was supposed to surprise us? [​IMG]
  16. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    its china, they will fake anything they can
    theres other points to prove it fake other then the "stoer"
    there are no apple stores in that location http://www.apple.com/retail/storelist/
  17. Raika

    Raika uguu

    Sep 15, 2008
    --->Epitome of counterfeiting
  18. zhuzhuchina

    zhuzhuchina GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 17, 2008
    in guangzhou i can see at least 30 apple resellers, many of them write on shop logo as official reseller
    just in computer city have 20 shops at least
  19. Pong20302000

    Pong20302000 making notes on everything

    Sep 8, 2009
    One's inner self



    you just can believe the Chinese sometimes
  20. ZAFDeltaForce

    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

    Sep 9, 2006
    That's hardly surprising.

    I wished they at least faked something like democracy. That would be interesting
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