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!