Friday, 22 July 2011


China doesn't have the best rep when it comes to respecting intellectual property rights, but this latest instance feels particularly cheeky: a very convincing fake Apple store was found in Kunming City, China. Complete with exact replica branding, merchandising, wooden work stations, & hipster Genius staff - even the store's employees thought it was the real thing.

On closer inspection, blogger BirdAbroad noticed the cracks in this near-perfect rip-off (pictured above) and blew the whistle. Angry customers have since been lining up to get their purchases refunded, and just today, the store was shut down by officials. It's believed this is just one of many fake Apple stores around the world.

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