Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Chinese force two of five fake Apple stores to close

updated 07:20 am EDT, Mon July 25, 2011

China closes two fake Apple shops over licenses

Officials in Kunming ordered two of five discovered fake Apple stores in the city to close. The two were found to be operating without business licenses and couldn't run regardless of permissions. The originally discovered store is still open as it not only has a license but is applying to become an official Apple reseller.

The officials were checking to see whether or not Apple had gone so far to protect the look and feel of its stores, which could force most of the stores to shutter. The one applying for a reseller license is likely to be forced into making some changes given its attempt to appear like an official store, not just a reseller.

Currently, the stores are believed to sell actual Apple products but to go about it by buying the products from officially sanctioned stores to turn around and sell them at its own. About 13 official resellers exist in Kunming, but no official Apple stores exist. Some of those at the store that set off the investigation were tricked into believing they actually represented Apple.

In spite of laws ostensibly banning imitative stores, copies are a commonplace sight in China and the law is only loosely enforced. Apple has an advantage in having a distinct look that has led to spotting fakes more easily.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. psdenno

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2003

    +3

    Anyone know.......

    .....how to say, "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" in Mandarin?

  1. donmontalvo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2009

    0

    Let's see how much money they make...

    ...if and when Apple decides to pull out of China since the country doesn't seem able to curtail this blatant counterfeiting and brand name hijacking.

    Don Montalvo, TX

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News