Notify Me, Never!

This is sort of an update to the Kunming fake Apple Store story, but with some additional background that I didn’t mention last time round about my foolish decision to tick a notifcation box.

The story was the fake Apple Store in Kunming, which started from a fairly anonymous (as in, not too many visitors) blog by an American blogger in Kunming. When I commented on her blog, having saw she got an average of 3-4 comments on each of her posts, I foolishly ticked the box that requested notification whenever anyone replies to the post. The story of course, went viral and got a million hits and around 900 comments so far, which meant my email inbox was just getting inundated with notifications which are normally easy to turn off, but somehow wasn’t this time. I even wrote to the blogger begging for her to remove my subscription to her post, but she wrote back saying she wasn’t able to. Usually there’s a very simple link at the bottom of each and every notification offering you the chance to unsubscribe, but there wasn’t.

That’s teach me to tick the notify me box. Never again!

The story has now got the attention of ¬†Chinese netizens and the store in question has been receiving angry customers demanding refunds. I’m not sure if the store will survive after all this attention, the wrong kind of publicity (and of course, police have already shutdown two of the fake Kunming Apple Stores – thanks Wiseman). And to think it all started from an innocent blog post of an expat living in China. Am I jealous it wasn’t my blog? Well, given that my readership is dwindling, yeah, a bit!

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9 Responses to Notify Me, Never!

  1. wisemanofasia says:

    Woai – Haha those ‘click for notification’ boxes can be dangerous but then who’d have thought that she was going to generate such interest from a fake store post….I mean it isn’t like there is a lack of fake stuff in China! I am sure your blog will get the scoop it needs soon!

  2. Bittermelon says:

    I thought they were selling real stuff. Why would you want a refund when you bought a real item? Because it’s from a faked store? Also other reports found faked Apple stores in other countries.

  3. Rich says:

    I’m gonna set up a fake blog.

  4. Dingle says:

    according to the BBC website last night some of the fake Apple stores in Kunming have now been closed down by government officials following birdabroads post

    I bet she’s keeping a low profile right now..

  5. Dingle says:

    Durrr.. how did I manage to miss that in your post?? too early in the morning..

  6. Stimpy says:

    Why didn’t you just set up a rule to put the notification messages into your junk mail box?

  7. WoAi says:

    @Wiseman – Yes, it’s got to be beyond anything she ever expected.

    @Bittermelon – Maybe because the Apple Care warranty you get from a real store doesn’t come with stuff you buy in a fake store. But sure, some people weren’t bothered as long as the product is real.

    @Rich – Yes, do it. I’ll subscribe to it.

    @Dingle – I think you’re right though. No reply to my latest emails. I think she’s gone in to hiding and with good reason. Kunming’s not massive like Shanghai. Very few places to hide!

    @Stimpy – Great thanks, I’ll try that!

  8. Simon4rings says:

    Wo Ai, you need to post more photos of hot Shanghainese women to boost your readership…

    BTW, funny that the security word was “iphone” instead of the usual illegible “zy13a9dzer3″

  9. WoAi says:

    @Simon – I’m pretty sure the security word has never been “zy13a9dzer3‚Ä≥!

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