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First fake Apple store found in Kunming, China  (Source:
Apple China has accused the fake Apple retailers of violating its registered trademark and of unfair competition

Just last month, investigators found an unauthorized Apple retailer in Kunming, China after an American living in the city blogged about the store's products. The fake Apple store imitated a legitimate Apple store, right on down to the white walls, wood display tables, and employees with Apple t-shirts.

The reselling of Apple devices and other brands/products in China has become more and more common due to the fact that these items can be purchased for a cheaper price in other countries and smuggled into China to escape taxes.

While Chinese law protects trademarks and bans the act of mimicking a company's "look," consistent enforcement is a problem. In fact, the U.S. Trade Representative's office named China one of the worst violators at preventing copyright theft for the seventh consecutive year. Other Western countries have agreed that China is not doing enough to eliminate intellectual property theft.

After the Kunming store was identified, authorities inspected 300 additional stores in the city and managed to locate 22 more fake Apple retailers. It was unclear if these shops were selling legitimate, smuggled Apple products or knock-offs.

These unauthorized Apple retailers have been forced to stop using Apple's logo, and a complaint hotline along with increased monitoring is being put into place to prevent any further reselling of Apple products.

Apple China has accused the fake Apple retailers of violating its registered trademark and of unfair competition as well.

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By nin9nine on 8/13/2011 10:36:20 AM , Rating: 3
you're an idiot

By Tony Swash on 8/13/2011 11:03:05 AM , Rating: 1
you're an idiot

I guess no amount of evidence is going to change your mind :)


Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
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By christojojo on 8/14/2011 1:04:27 AM , Rating: 2
The reason Apple stores make money has little to do with being a store so much as a repair place that sells to those that buy a product that breaks. Case in point my iPod touch. Died after three months. They tried to accuse me of water damage didn't float ended up giving me a newly repaired replacement. The whole time I was there they try to seduce you into buying more stuff. Pure genius! The make an adequate product and it breaks down so they make you wait in a store smartest marketing gimmick in a long long while.
Being a fan of the product to the point of being blind is just not a good argument give actual facts not prideful statements . Give real links not marketing blah blah blah and I will give you merit otherwise you saying that apple and Jobs rule is just plan tardsville.

By web2dot0 on 8/14/2011 1:23:14 AM , Rating: 2
You really to stick to the topic. So are you going to bet that Apple's revenue going up next year or not? It's that simple. No one cares about your Apple woes. You don't like it, don't buy it. The question is whether Apple is expanding faster than Microsoft and who's going to make more profit.

Isn't this why corporations exists? It's not a charity organization you know.

You don't have to like reality, but you do have to accept it unfortunately :-D

By christojojo on 8/17/2011 1:46:56 AM , Rating: 2

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