Kunming Apple Store

Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple.

I wrote about a rather pathetic attempt at a fake Apple store in Shanghai back in March, but that pales into insignificance next to this highly entertaining post about a store in Kunming. Yes, it’s fake, but my goodness, it’s hard to tell from the photos! I won’t rip off the photos out of respect for the owner of the blog and photos, so just click the link and enjoy!

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11 Responses to Kunming Apple Store

  1. CP says:

    China shows impressive amounts of creativity when producing fakes – the attention to detail (e.g. “real” employees, minimalist design, consumers selling kidneys to buy products – OK, I made that last one up) is masterful.

    If they were ever able to apply this creativity to real R&D and product development, they’d be leading the world by now.

    Sadly, all they want is a short-term fast buck.

  2. wisemanofasia says:

    Where do they get all the computers etc from? I am not sure I am completely convinced that the first one he finds it actually a fake! I mean certainly the one with the poor spelling outside is…but the first one he pictures really does look pretty real! Where are they getting the computers from? I need to know….

  3. CP says:

    @wiseman: Apple have pretty strict design standards for their shops (e.g. staircase and balustrades would be glass, they would never have a floor-mounted aircon unit); any other shops selling Apple products need to have prominent signs saying “Apple Premium Reseller”, and aren’t allowed to look like an Apple store.

    One of the comments mentions that there are a number of resellers in Kunming – I guess it’s possible that the store is a reseller that didn’t read the small print in the contract properly. The Beijing resellers don’t look like Apple stores (although it’s possible they are fake resellers….)

  4. WoAi says:

    @CP – Indeed. It’s been said many times.

    @Wiseman – There’s lots of places they can get products from. Half the people I know in China got their iPhones from HK, US and other countries. Many traders smuggle them in (the term is “grey imports”). Or they can just sell them for slightly more than the Apple store. If you live in Kunming it’s not like you can just pop over to Shanghai to buy an iPad.

  5. WoAi says:

    This seems to have mushroomed to a global scale and is now being reported on Apple sites as well as news organisations like the LA Times.

  6. wisemanofasia says:

    Woai – yes it has even been reported in the Taiwanese press…well the blog’s report of it has. Maybe we shall see Apple doing something about it in the next few months….but probably wont get far.

  7. WoAi says:

    Yes, now the whole world knows. I need to find a fake Apple Store in Shanghai to boost my blog ratings!

  8. wisemanofasia says:

    Yes you do! That blog got 500,000 hits in 48 hours! People REALLY love Apple it would seem…

  9. Rich says:

    Time to set up a fake apple store.

  10. wisemanofasia says:

    Maybe not a good time to set up a fake apple store http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14273444 although the one featured in the blog is still open!

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