Fake Chinese Apple Store Looks Amazingly Real

Don't be deceived by the slick marketing materials and blue shirts with Apple logos. This is not an Apple Store. It's a cheap knock-off located in Kunming, China.

These photos were taken by a pair of Americans who stumbled on this store in southwestern China. It looked like an Apple store, had display material consistent with an Apple store and the employees even believed they worked for an Apple store. But it's fake, fake, fake.

There are several subtle signs, not the least of which is that Apple does not operate a store in Kunming, that suggest this store is one amazingly realistic ripoff. One clue is the sign which has the Apple logo and says "Apple Store". And the badges which have the word staff, but not the employee names on them. And, lastly, the store itself which on close inspection looks shoddy. Craziness. [Birdabroad via ifoapplestore]


Comments

    Damn! Just bought an ipad there yesterday.....

    Are they selling actual Apple products, or are they cheap knockoffs too? Maybe it's an authorised reseller (like NextByte) that has chosen to knockoff the look and feel of a genuine Apple store.

    Wonder if Apple will get their knickers in a knot about it...

    Ohhhhh, LOL!!! ROFL who ever was st*pid enough to buy one of these must be kicking them self!!! XD hehehehe

    i know hey!! because everybody is intimately aware of every detail on every apple product right? Hohoho

    That's brilliant. Why knock off just the products when you can knock off the whole store. LOL. ...and shoddy....looks pretty good from where I'm sitting. Maybe not up to Apples standard but you've got to give them credit.

    "It looked like an Apple store, had display material consistent with an Apple store and the employees even believed they worked for an Apple store."

    They even ripped off the specialist uniform... What the hell guys.

    Wow... that's insane...

    These guys are doing it the Chinese way. We might be amazed but in China this happens all the time. Chinese has a tendency to copy everything and the reason is that for the moment it is very proftible if you are a shameless copycat.

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