China Shutting Down Some (But Not All!) Fake Apple Stores...

from the and-they'll-pop-back-up... dept

With all the attention paid last week to the news of completely fake Apple stores popping up in China, you figured Chinese officials had to do something. Apparently, they started investigating, and shut down some of the fake Apple stores that were found in Kunming city. Perhaps most interesting, however, is that they let some of the stores stay open -- including the very story discovered by the BirdAbroad blog, which kicked off all of this attention. Apparently, officials found that that particular store "has a licence to trade and is selling genuine Apple products."


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    Rachel @ Last Res0rt, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 2:41pm

    Apparently...

    They found a way to counterfeit the genuine Apple products license too.

    Who's surprised?

     

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    william (profile), Jul 25th, 2011 @ 2:58pm

    Let me raise this curiosity if it haven't hit you yet.

    The "fake" apple store got shut down because they don't have the proper business license, like if you run a store in your garage without registering/paying for a business license.

    They didn't get shut down because they "copied" apple store.

    Is it a copyrightable "expression" on how apple stores are set up?

     

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    Deck, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 3:17pm

    For theire defense, they never specified the boiling point of what. I'm sure some element boils at 100 F.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 3:21pm

    A clever ploy to get rid of the competition?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 3:31pm

    Maybe some of these officials thought that it was more interesting to buy from those stores than from genuine ones ?
    It can explain why some did not get closed.

     

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    princefeliz (profile), Jul 25th, 2011 @ 3:44pm

    China Shutting Down Some (But Not All!) Fake Apple Stores...

    what is apple complaining about? That's the price they have to pay for doing business with the biggest human rights violators in the planet. By the way, there are not factories workers they are slaves.

     

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    Chuck (profile), Jul 25th, 2011 @ 4:16pm

    A matter of legality

    They closed down the shops without a business license, they closed down the shops selling fake apple products. They let the store that was selling real apple products with a legal business license keep goin. What's wrong?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 7:13pm

      Re: A matter of legality

      Nothing is wrong. This is business as usual in China. The store has the official green light.

       

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      Richard (profile), Jul 26th, 2011 @ 2:11am

      Re: A matter of legality

      They let the store that was selling real apple products with a legal business license keep goin. What's wrong?

      No - it wasn't selling real apple products. It was "selling real apple products" - see the difference?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 5:09pm

    Really....

    "including the very story discovered by the BirdAbroad blog"


    you mean store??

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 6:38pm

    Green Light

    There you go. Get your valid "license to trade" and buy your Apple products from "ghost shifts" in factories, then you are golden. Away you go, complete with official blessing. Of course, a license might mean a few under-the-table payments to certain important local party officials. So be it. The factory has to be making genuine Apple products or be good enough to be convincing. That fake Apple store is no longer fake, it's official. Apple has no hope of winning any lawsuit against these guys.

    Apple has now officially lost control over its dealer network in China. They can expect a vast collection of copycat stores. Apple's market share is now about to rocket up in China. If Apple intelligently plays its cards, that it has been dealt by China, Apple can still make a lot of money out of the new situation. This is going to be a real test for Apple management.

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), Jul 26th, 2011 @ 10:17am

    China and Apple stores

    Interesting that it is Kunming. That is in Yunnan, a province that until recently was the only one where Han Chinese were a minority.
    One Chinese official told me "They don't even speak proper Chinese there" as he explained why Kunming and Yunnan don't really matter.

     

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