An American man in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in China, has discovered a fake Apple store. While visitors to Asia are used to seeing fake products for sale on a regular basis, no-one expects to see an entirely fake shop.
Apple is huge in China, as they are in most of the world at the moment. Someone has obviously decided to cash in on their popularity, and set up a fake shop complete with signature Apple design, signs, and decor.
“They looked like Apple products. It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks,” writes the blogger.
However, everything is not what is seems, and cracks started to appear in the facade on closer inspection. The man called the store “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 its signs — it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.”
Apparently, some of the staff at the store were not even aware they were working at a “rip-off shop”. Apple have confirmed they do not have an authorised shop at this destination, only a reseller that looks nowhere near as authentic as the “fake shop”. Knowing Apple, now that they are aware of this outlet, you can bet they will be doing everything in their power to stop it.