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China’s fake Apple store looks just like the real thing

Inside a fake Apple store in China. (BirdAbroad)

A blogger who did not wish to share their real name but goes by the name “BirdAbroad,” posted these photos of a fake Apple store in Kunming, China.

“They looked like Apple products,” writes the blogger, “It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks.”

But the entire store is a fake, writes the blogger. “This was a total Apple store ripoff. A beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day). But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn’t been painted properly.”

The emergence of fake Apple stores in China is interesting to note in light of the company's record earnings announcement Tuesday, and the fact that Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook cited China as a main driver of the company’s growth in the last quarter. Apple also plans to open a store in Hong Kong in September.

(BirdAbroad via MSNBC)

Emi Kolawole is the editor-in-residence at Stanford University's, where she works on media experimentation and design.
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