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 @ 11:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Other thing it proves....

    The distance HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with it.. Sydney City Council fully approved of the store a while ago, I haven't looked at the public documents but I wouldn't doubt that Apple tried to stop it, luckily for Samsung this is Australia and unless they can prove that there are a huge amount of similar stores to them to the point of saturation in the area then the other store will be allowed to operate.

    It's called COMPETITION! Something that a lot of American companies don't quite grasp when they get to our shores since they try to create monopolistic situations. Now I'm not saying that Apple was or wasn't but they had no claim to stop the store and absolutely have no claim based on your interpretation of passing off (knockoff).

    I know you love Apple for some reason Wally and I really don't care about the brand one way or another, but don't think that just because they are close, or that they sell similar products that there is something nefarious about the whole situation.

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