Life Imitates Conan O'Brien As Samsung 'Opens Apple Store'

from the which-is-real,-which-is-o'brien? dept

Just a few weeks ago, Conan O'Brien did a satire video about the Samsung/Apple lawsuit, in which someone pretending to be a Samsung VP "defended" the company against charges of copying Apple, but everything he did, obviously, made it look like Samsung was copying Apple:
In that, there's an amusing part, where the "VP" says "Don't believe me? Then come to our retail stores where you can talk more about our products with a 'Samsung Smart Guy.'"
Truth, it seems, often matches fiction. Down in Australia, Samsung has now opened its own retail store that bears such an uncanny resemblance to the design of Apple's stores that the always-funny John Paczkowski brilliantly titled his article about it: Samsung Opens New Apple Store in Australia.
Can you tell which picture was from the Conan O'Brien video and which actually came from this store?

Oh, did we mention that the Samsung store is... one block away from an Apple store? And, sounding almost exactly like the faux Apple VP in the O'Brien video, an actual Samsung VP told a reporter that Apple "didn't even come into the equation" when planning the store.

I'm firmly of the belief that the whole legal fight between the two companies is silly, and that they should just compete out in the market, but you have to admit that the resemblance here is a bit uncanny.

Filed Under: apple store, conan o'brien, copying, retail, samsung store
Companies: apple, samsung


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    G Thompson (profile), 24 Aug 2012 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re: Samsung Apple Store

    Samsung's market shares are not at risk. Their reputation as a valid competitor in the Smartphone/Tablet market (as opposed to being a knockoff) is at risk.

    Not In Australia they aren't. Guess where the store is

    Now we have Samsung opening a store where many devices from across the street look exactly like Apple Products and the only difference is visible difference from across the street or at a distance is in the place where the average consume never looks.....up....to see a storefront sign.

    Our courts and trade laws are a lot more strict then yours when it comes to passing off and false and misleading practices.. Interestingly we are actually more on the side of the consumer than in the USA that Apple just found out at there peril (4G fiasco) and that Samsung has marketed their new 4G phones (as well as HTC did) due to that.

    Alsowe must have less morons in a hurry in Australia since this store is fully compliant with OUR laws no matter what Apple think or want. Remember they tried to state that one of our biggest Employers in the Supermarket/grocery chain had a similar logo to theirs (it was Green.. and still looks like a 'W') and EVERYONE including the courts thought that Apple were just being there normal ego self and told em to basically piss off (yes they lost).

    Oh and as for the Apple v Samsung case in Australia.. well Samsung 1: Apple 0 at this stage of the game.

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