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Authorities Find Another 22 Fake Apple Stores in China

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 28 comments

Why not have more?

In July we learned that enterprising businessmen in China have created fake Apple stores that replicated the Jobs & Co. experience so well that even the employees thought they were working for Cupertino.

Customers weren't too happy with that, and demanded refunds. Of course, the products that they were sold were real Apple products but were from grey market importing to sidestep taxes.

Originally, authorities found five such fake Apple Stores. Now Reuters has followed up and discovered that authorities have identified another 22 stores that are falsely parading as Apple Stores.

Apple China has already complained to China's Administration for Industry and Commerce for unfair competition and violating its registered trademark.

While China does have laws against IP theft, enforcing it is an entirely different issue. And it's not just Apple Stores being copied – does this look familiar to you?

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    ikyung , August 15, 2011 5:29 AM
    Apple gives blueprints to Foxconn for manufacturing
    Apple pays Foxconn 50dollars per iphone and ipad made.
    Apple sells it for 500dollars.
    People buy it.
    Foxconn sells iphone and ipad to the blackmarket for 100dollars per.
    Blackmarket sells it for 250dollars.
    People buy it.

    Not sure who is wrong.
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    QEFX , August 15, 2011 6:24 AM
    Pyree^Correction: I mean god, not gold.


    Actually gold is correct for both Apple and the church. Maybe more so for Apple.
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    Pyree , August 15, 2011 6:10 AM
    Real Apple store and fake Apple store is like Roman Catholic and Church of England. They worship the same gold, but goes to different church.
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    ikyung , August 15, 2011 5:29 AM
    Apple gives blueprints to Foxconn for manufacturing
    Apple pays Foxconn 50dollars per iphone and ipad made.
    Apple sells it for 500dollars.
    People buy it.
    Foxconn sells iphone and ipad to the blackmarket for 100dollars per.
    Blackmarket sells it for 250dollars.
    People buy it.

    Not sure who is wrong.
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    cinergy , August 15, 2011 5:49 AM
    Only in China.
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    Pyree , August 15, 2011 6:10 AM
    Real Apple store and fake Apple store is like Roman Catholic and Church of England. They worship the same gold, but goes to different church.
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    Pyree , August 15, 2011 6:11 AM
    ^Correction: I mean god, not gold.
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    QEFX , August 15, 2011 6:24 AM
    Pyree^Correction: I mean god, not gold.


    Actually gold is correct for both Apple and the church. Maybe more so for Apple.
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    guanyu210379 , August 15, 2011 7:35 AM
    Praise the gold...sorry...I mean the God...
    Amin brother amin!
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    Thunderfox , August 15, 2011 8:18 AM
    Finding fakes in China is the natural result of looking for them. I guess the government either didn't think anyone would bother to counterfeit a whole store, or the just never bothered to do the math on the tax money they were losing.

    And that is a magnificent Freudian slip, best I've ever seen!
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    house70 , August 15, 2011 11:16 AM
    The dude in blue t shirt cracks me up; is he trying to hold the entire wall up?
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    alhanelem , August 15, 2011 11:30 AM
    Its not like apple will go bankrupt from this... but i wish it would happen
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    ojas , August 15, 2011 11:41 AM
    K-zonSounds like alot of Fake stores on the idea of saying that there are just as many legitimate? ones to say as well. But of it though say the issue of legitimate? stores are anyones guess to say though. ....(etc)


    Dude. What do you keep saying? No offence, but i haven't been able to understand a single comment of yours till date!
    It's almost like you're spamming or something...or high...
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    aion_w , August 15, 2011 12:33 PM
    They look like real ones....really...Country im in right now has alot of fake iphone including iPads...can`t even tell if its real or fake...that is why I din`t use products from Apple at all and I never did but wanted to.
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    gokanis , August 15, 2011 1:01 PM
    QEFXActually gold is correct for both Apple and the church. Maybe more so for Apple.


    Is that why they call it the almighty buck?
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    davewolfgang , August 15, 2011 3:05 PM
    OMG - K-zon, I have a headache from reading your post. I sure hope it's only because English isn't your first language.....
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    MrBig55 , August 15, 2011 3:16 PM
    Apple take that in your tooth ^-^
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    bak0n , August 15, 2011 5:21 PM
    China doesn't enforce because its IP that's not Chinese based. If Apple was a Chinese IP, you better believe it'd be enforced and people would be disappearing.
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    house70 , August 15, 2011 5:26 PM
    Like Elaine said:
    "fake!...fake...fake!....fake!"
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    tburns1 , August 15, 2011 6:07 PM
    Man, and judging by the picture it's the same guy working there! AHHHH! CHINESE FAKE-APPLE STORE EMPLOYEES ARE CLONES!!! AND THEY LEAN BACK ON TABLES TO LOOK COOL TOO!!! RUUUUUUUNNNNNNNN!!!
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    del35 , August 15, 2011 7:04 PM
    If people are dumb enough to want Apple products, they deserve to be cheated.
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    pclee , August 15, 2011 7:34 PM
    The demand for Apple products in China is insane. People are willing to pay much higher prices than in the U.S. I wonder why Apple doesn't just stop marketing to the U.S. all together.
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