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China Orders Two Fake Apple Stores in Kunming Closed

China Orders Two Fake Apple Stores in Kunming Closed

Chinese officials have ordered the closure two "counterfeit" Apple stores in Kunming, after investigating all the shops in the southwestern China city.  

Originally, it was reported that three elaborately camouflaged fake Apple Stores existed in the city, however after officials performed inspections it turned out there were a total of five.

The closures are not about cloning the store look, appearance, logo, etc, but instead because the stores did not have an official business permit. In fact, the first "clone" store to be reported in the media is not being closed. It is, according to Chinese authorities, applying for an official reseller license with Apple.

Chang Puyun, spokesman of Kunming government's business bureau said, "Media should not misunderstand the situation and jump to conclusions. Some overseas media has made it appear the stores sold fake Apple products. China has taken great steps to enforce intellectual property rights and the stores weren't selling fake products."

This clears up confusion about whether or not the shops, discovered by an ex-pat American blogger, sold real Apple products.

Chinese law prohibits companies from copying the "look and feel" of other companies' stores. However, in order to get that protection, Apple would have had to apply for it, and authorities are currently unclear on whether or not that has been done. Even if Apple did apply for such protection, enforcement is often uneven.


Apple has just four genuine Apple Stores in China, with two in Beijing and two in Shanghai. The company does have 13 authorized resellers in Kunming, with this store aiming to be a 14th.
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I think it's very strange that Apple has had nothing to say about this at all. It's almost as if they are condoning these copycat stores.

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@CDeeter I agree, but if they are indeed selling real Apple products than why should they care it means more money in their pockets.

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Because Apple is normally so protective of their image. Their real stores are very micro managed with little to no wiggle room for individualality and scripted transactions. If this occurred in the U.S. Jobs would be screaming bloody murder.

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"The guy is a celebrity. Anyhow, I never thought they were selling Counterfeit items, but I did know they were unofficial Apple Stoers. Apple has the hottest products right now, so its probably just right that these Stoers get a permit and let them keep functioning and preserve those people's jobs. "

-Optimus  

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"China has taken great steps to enforce intellectual property rights"

WHAT A CROCK!!

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It's surprising that China had something to say in the matter rather then Apple, they would certainly detest their stores being copied.

In any case, I'm going to assume that the store applying to be an authorized reseller is going to be a big geeky tourist destination for a long, long time. Also I agree with what reilneil said above.

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lol of course once they were found out, they would take the steps to correct it before this too late like the other 4 stores :P. And lol wow i would of expected it to close for copying apples design, not for not having a permit... WHY? going through all the trouble and they didn't do that one thing -.-

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