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After three unauthorized "clone" Apple Stores (or Stoer, as one spelled its name) were uncovered by an expat American blogger, authorities in Kunming, China have begun to inspect all of the electronics shops in the city, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

A worker with the city's industrial and commercial department said that inspectors will examine each store's business licenses, authorized permits for brand use, and purchase channels. Results will be publicly announced "soon," the worker said.

The fake Apple Stores copied aspects of real Apple retail stores, right down to interior decor, clothing issued to employees, and the iconic name tags. Since the revelations were made, angry customers have returned to the counterfeit stores, and business has been affected.

Although the stores are unauthorized, and definitely not real Apple stores, employees have said that the products sold in the stores are not counterfeit, but real Apple products.

Apple operates four official retail stores in China, none in Kunming. The company does have 13 authorized resellers in Kunming. The only Chinese Apple retail stores are in Beijing and Shanghai (two in each), but it has already announced plans to open a total of 25 in the next few years.

You can watch a video of the original blogger's trip to the Apple "Stoer" below.

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RTietjens replied on Sun, Jul 24 2011 6:49 PM

Just wait, Apple will file a trademark claim for "Store" and "Stoer" on Monday, and immediately file lawsuits against anyone using either word.

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ErazmusNZ replied on Tue, Jul 26 2011 5:51 AM

I feel sorry for the employees who thought they were employed by Apple. Chances are they will lose their jobs when authorities close them down all because someone found an Easter egg. :D

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jul 26 2011 11:53 AM

Well... At least it's a decent attempt to save face. for China that is...

Now we have to wait until China starts inspecting all electronics.

 

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Clixxer replied on Tue, Apr 9 2013 2:42 PM

That is actually pretty funny that China the ones that make clones and steals other people's stuff has issues with people making fake apple stores in their own country. 

Didn't the Chinese patent the iphone?

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OSunday replied on Tue, Apr 9 2013 5:20 PM

Haha this is as hilarious as it is ironic... most people complain about knockoffs and counterfeit products, while these ones are actually authentic products just not being sold from "official" Apple Stores lol

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