These Knock-Off Apple Stores in China Will Shock You

Apple has four Apple stores in China: two in Beijing, one in Shanghai, and one more opening soon in Hong Kong within the iconic International Finance Centre (you know, the one where the Dark Knight leaped down from), located in Central.

So when a husband and wife expat couple working in Kunming, China, noticed an Apple Store in their growing city of 6.8 million, they were deeply surprised:

RP and I went inside and poked around. They looked like Apple products. It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks.

Low and behold, these Apple Stores were not real. They were incredibly well done knock-offs, but with a few dead giveaways noticed by the couple:

You have already guessed the punchline, of course: this was a total Apple store ripoff. A beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day). But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn’t been painted properly.

Apple never writes “Apple Store” on it’s signs – it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.

They noticed three “Apple Stores” within close proximity of each other, with all of them staffed by workers that appeared to really believe they were a part of Apple Inc. The detail of each store, down to the signage, product layout, wooden tables, and even posters are very impressive. The couple also mentioned plain-clothes security banned them from taking pictures of the stores, but when they claimed to be visiting Apple employees, it was fair game.

Gallery below:

Apple’s legal team is going to be knocking on a few doors in China fairly soon. However, I’m not sure how far they will be able to go because if your product is in China, it’s fair game to be copied. But given Apple’s extensive investment within China, maybe some heads will roll (figuratively speaking of course)?

[BirdAbroad via ifoAppleStore]

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  • SgtAdam

    So, are they selling bootlegs or what?

    Also, I doubt much will happen. It’s China. They don’t give a fuck.

  • Sean Is

    You mean the “Apple Stoer” sign didn’t give it out right away?

  • Frankie

    It doesn’t say “Apple Store”. It says ” Apple Stoer”!!! Typical knock off from China with the usual typo.

  • Jim

    I do believe I saw two apple stores in Shanghai when I was there last year.

  • Jim

    I do believe I saw two apple stores in Shanghai when I was there last year.

  • Anonymous

    Apple Stoer?  Dyslexic much?

  • Anonymous

    Apple Stoer?  Dyslexic much?

  • Anonymous

    Apple Stoer?  Dyslexic much?

  • Anonymous

    Apple Stoer?  Dyslexic much?

  • Zachary

    Am I the only one who LOL’d when they read this.. pure genius ;) haha

  • Zachary

    Am I the only one who LOL’d when they read this.. pure genius ;) haha

  • Vernonwang

    Theft. It is just like the phone hacking crisis in uk now,only in a different way.

  • Vernonwang

    Theft. It is just like the phone hacking crisis in uk now,only in a different way.

  • Anonymous

    I did. :D

  • Anonymous

    I did. :D

  • Anonymous

    So this is where all the iPhone 4s went when the scalpers bought em all…

  • Anonymous

    So this is where all the iPhone 4s went when the scalpers bought em all…

  • Anonymous

    So this is where all the iPhone 4s went when the scalpers bought em all…

  • Zachary 89

    What? do you even know what’s going on over in the UK.. yeah it’s theft of phone/and property.. but the case in the UK is MUCH more serious than pitty apply store stands in China. Buddy you should brush up on your news articles

  • Zachary 89

    What? do you even know what’s going on over in the UK.. yeah it’s theft of phone/and property.. but the case in the UK is MUCH more serious than pitty apply store stands in China. Buddy you should brush up on your news articles

  • Jason

    Much much more serious…u mean one is big thief and d shop one is small thief.. do u think both r because of money? U guess

  • Jason

    Much much more serious…u mean one is big thief and d shop one is small thief.. do u think both r because of money? U guess

  • Jason

    Much much more serious…u mean one is big thief and d shop one is small thief.. do u think both r because of money? U guess

  • Jason

    Much much more serious…u mean one is big thief and d shop one is small thief.. do u think both r because of money? U guess

  • Jason

    Much much more serious…u mean one is big thief and d shop one is small thief.. do u think both r because of money? U guess

  • Don

    I am sure if you go around to the opposite side of the building you will find the Foxconn front door…

  • Don

    I am sure if you go around to the opposite side of the building you will find the Foxconn front door…

  • Kenny

    Jason,i think the owner of that Stoer is probably having a good sleep while jason and many have to get up early in the morning to go work for other. So go to work jason.your boss is look for u again.

  • Kenny

    Jason,i think the owner of that Stoer is probably having a good sleep while jason and many have to get up early in the morning to go work for other. So go to work jason.your boss is look for u again.

  • Kenny

    Jason,i think the owner of that Stoer is probably having a good sleep while jason and many have to get up early in the morning to go work for other. So go to work jason.your boss is look for u again.

  • Kenny

    Jason,i think the owner of that Stoer is probably having a good sleep while jason and many have to get up early in the morning to go work for other. So go to work jason.your boss is look for u again.

  • Kenny

    Jason,i think the owner of that Stoer is probably having a good sleep while jason and many have to get up early in the morning to go work for other. So go to work jason.your boss is look for u again.

  • Kenny

    Jason,i think the owner of that Stoer is probably having a good sleep while jason and many have to get up early in the morning to go work for other. So go to work jason.your boss is look for u again.

  • Kenny

    It is all because of Money Money Money…

  • Kenny

    It is all because of Money Money Money…

  • Kenny

    It is all because of Money Money Money…

  • Kenny

    It is all because of Money Money Money…

  • Red Star

    Roflmfao!! Brilliant!

  • Red Star

    Roflmfao!! Brilliant!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    haha!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    haha!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    haha!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    haha!

  • Kirk

    That’s so messed up WOW…

  • Kirk

    That’s so messed up WOW…