BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    A blogger in Kunming, China, found a store a few blocks from her home that looks just like an Apple store. From the outside, it appeared to be legit, especially because of the large white logo. But even in China, Apple doesn't write "Apple Store" underneath its trademark white apple. And the sign spells "store" as "S-T-O-E-R."
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    She found another "Apple Store" just around the corner. Like the first one, it featured a large white Apple logo and, this time, correctly spelled "Apple Store" in English. At the entrance, a large iPad 2 ad was visible from the door.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    Just down the block, the blogger, a 27-year-old American who goes by the name BirdAbroad, came across a third store. But Apple only has four stores in China, according to its website, two in Shanghai and two in Beijing. It has no stores in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in southwest China, where these photographs were taken.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    When employees realized blogger BirdAbroad was taking pictures, they told her to stop. She then fibbed, telling them she and her husband were actually "two American Apple employees visiting China and checking out the local stores." After that, she said, they got "friendlier."
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    All three "Apple stores" were within a 10-minute walk of one another.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    BirdAbroad, who requested anonymity, told ABCNews.com that Apple has not contacted her about the blog.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    The employees all wore the same short-sleeved blue T-shirts with an Apple logo. The nametags, however, don't have names on them.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    Large ads featuring iPods and the MacBook Pro added to the illusion that the store was an authentic Apple retail location.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    BirdAbroad also noticed one store had what appeared to be a "genius bar," the nickname for Apple store tech-support stations. Each of the stores she visited had different features, BirdAbroad told ABCNews.com.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    In this store, she found a spiraling staircase, another feature common to Apple stores.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    Customers play with the iPad2.
    BirdAbroad
  • Fake Apple Stores Pop Up in China

    In her blog, BirdAbroad described the stores as "A beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day)." Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette declined to comment to ABCNews.com.
    BirdAbroad
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus