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Images inside the fake Apple store  (Source: BirdAbroad Blog)
Counterfeiting remains a global problem that only seems to accelerate, despite higher enforcement

Companies continually try to fight counterfeit and pirated material, but often fall short of successfully making a difference in stopping this billion-dollar industry.  

Counterfeiters are willing to steal anything from cash and tech products to gas, oil and cigarettes that consumers are mistakenly purchasing under the misconception of receiving real products.

Investigators in China are looking into a counterfeit Apple store that closely mimics a legitimate Apple store in other parts of the world.  The store is located in Kunming and isn't identified as an authorized Apple retailer, and police investigators visited the store.  From blogger photos and on-site investigation, even the employees wore identical Apple employee t-shirts you'd see in any other Apple store.

Ironically, the demand for counterfeit goods could generate larger business revenue for Apple, if the company wants to promote legal products.  A real iPad 2 can be purchased for up to $499, and in other parts of China can reach almost $600 in price, with counterfeiters able to draw in shoppers by offering lower-cost products.  

Other tech companies have adjusted price scales depending how prevalent pirated and stolen property is in China and other parts of the world, while also creating anti-counterfeit investigation teams.

Although it would seem unbelievable, similar faked stores have opened to sell counterfeit clothing and other consumer goods -- both inside China's borders, and across the world, including into the United States.

Consumers often ignore counterfeiting as solely a corporate problem, but companies warn everyone plays a role.  When shoppers head into neighborhoods to purchase fake handbags or movies, they understand it's a faked product; however, consumers purchasing counterfeit goods are being deceived into thinking it's a legitimate product.

Anti-counterfeit efforts have greatly increased by US federal authorities and across the world -- and it's not just the Chinese government that has to face this growing problem.  Authorities have discovered counterfeit goods can be significantly more profitable than drugs, with higher profit value and lower risk of jail time when caught.

A recent counterfeit smuggling ring based in China was busted making more than 11 million fake cigarettes with an estimated street value of almost $5M.  These cigarettes were aimed for the UK market, but increasing tobacco tax in the United States also makes it a lucrative market for fake cigarettes.  

Furthermore, counterfeit issues also plague medical patients trying to purchase real medications that are brought in from Mexico, South America, and other parts of the world.  Another recent epidemic includes fake consumer electronics that lead to hardware failure and electrical fires.  US investigators are most worried about these types of products being sold over the Internet, brought into the country, and otherwise hitting the streets due to public safety issues.

Companies from multiple industries plan to battle counterfeit goods, and actively assist police and federal authorities, as billions of dollars are up for grabs by sometimes clever criminals.  These companies also are trying to launch education efforts to help consumers to pay attention to the products they purchase, and where these items are reportedly coming from.

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RE: Must. Resist. Temptation. To. Troll.
By Conner on 7/26/2011 9:15:01 AM , Rating: -1
not to be a hater on this thread... but as a fanboy I pay top dollar for the service that goes with the equipment. Sure the 1500$ i spent on a top shelf MBA this january makes me a bit disappointed when they made a new MBA that demolishes mine, but its still the best computer that I've ever used. It runs most anything I throw at it and is faster than any of my previous computers (includes iMac G5 and old titanium PB).

Am I smug? sure as hell I'm smug. I was able to sell a few shares of apple stock that I bought at 53$ to cover my purchase. Sure beats my friends who spent their money on a pc instead of putting it into apple stock.

Feel that your trackpad is a mm to low? get it fixed at the apple store. They won't tell you that you're holding it wrong... ;)

PS I've still got a G4 cube chugging along in my living room... and seriously good luck finding a computer shell made like the machined alu in the macbooks

By Boze on 7/26/2011 9:43:52 AM , Rating: 4
Okay, I'll bite this troll post...

The only time in the history of the company that Apple stock was $53 dollars a share was in late 2005.

Since 2005, it hasn't split one time. Let's assume you sold 4 shares, since its at $398 a share now and you paid $1500 for your MBA by your own admission. There's no way to know exactly how many shares you purchased, but let's go with 100 for a nice, easy to compute number. That's $5,300 worth of Apple stock. Nowadays you have a cool $39,800.

Around the same time in 2005, you could have bought, Inc. for around $8 a share. Which is now trading at $156 a share. On top of that, it had a 10:1 split on May 12, 2010.

662.5 shares for the $5300 you spent. Which is now 6625 shares. Which is $1,033,500.

Now the reason I know this is because [i]I[/i] bought 100 shares of, Inc. in 2005. So I don't have a million dollars. It was an $800 investment which is now valued at $156,000.

Sure beats my friends who spent their money on an Apple product instead of putting it into Baidu stock.

Feel that your trackpad is a mm too low? Don't bother getting it fixed at the store; buy a new laptop instead. You won't even have to [b]worry[/b] about holding it wrong.

P.S., I still have an Pentium III 600 mHz-based machine that's running Asterisk PBX and [b]not[/b] chugging along, actually doing something useful... and seriously good luck doing the same thing with a PowerPC-based Mac from the same period.


Am I smug? No, but judging by the above post, I think if I bought enough iPads, I might get used to it.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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