Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fake Apple

China is well-known for their rip-offs. Whatever your heart desires, they would, in all likelihood, have the fake versions. A blogger BirdAbroad living in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming has discovered the mother-of-all-rip-offs – a whole Apple store! She describes a store housing display cases filled with what appear to be Apple products, that unmistakable Apple Store design, "the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area" and even Apple "employees" wearing “those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks”.

But of course, some things were evidently not right: the stairs were poorly made and the walls hadn’t been painted properly. The name tags around the necks of the friendly salespeople didn’t actually have names on them – just an Apple logo and the anonymous designation “Staff”. And Apple never writes “Apple Store” on their signs – they just put up the glowing, iconic fruit.

That’s not all. A ten minute walk around the corner revealed not one, but two more rip-off Apple stores. I believe it is safe to conclude that there are many such stores all over China!

BirdAbroad has this to say about this country: “China warps your mind into believing that anything is possible, if you stay here long enough” (July 20, 2011 posting titled “Are you listening, Steve Jobs?”).

Check out the photos from the said blog:

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