Remember those incredibly real knock-off Apple Stores built in Kunming, China? Turns out the stores are not authorized Apple resellers (duh), but the products they sell are genuine and sold at the same prices as Apple’s website. The WSJ’s China Real Time, they were able to reach out to a store employee, while calls to managers went unanswered.
The staffer reached by phone was under no such illusion. â€œIt doesnâ€™t make much of a difference for us whether weâ€™re authorized or not,â€ he said. â€œI just care that what I sell every day are authentic Apple products, and that our customers donâ€™t come back to me to complain about the quality of the products.â€
â€œI think in Yunnan, our store should be one of the best in terms of scale and the level of professionalism,â€ the Kunming salesman said.
Umm…sure. What’s next? A knock off Microsoft store?