22 Additional Unauthorized Apple Retailers Found in China
August 12, 2011 1:31 PM
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First fake Apple store found in Kunming, China
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
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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You guys are pathetic
8/14/2011 9:22:44 PM
The reason Apple's profit will keep soaring because people who buy their stuff will never read tech news other than 1-2 lines of headlines. These are people that will buy Apple's newest stuff without even looking at the specs. Which is also another reason why Microsoft is under-performing because they cave into geeks and every mis-hap at Microsoft is blown out of proportions while Apple makes a tiny upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion and it's the top of the sales chart.
The world does not evolve around geeks, the common folks are now the majority of tech buyers. Apple sells boatload of tech to them at high profit margin and you geeks are complaining about Dell and HP stuff being over-priced and they are making a very tiny profit.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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