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22 Fake Apple Stores in 1 Chinese City

Posted on Aug 14, 2011
Håkan Dahlström (CC-BY)

Prompted by an American expat, Chinese authorities in Kunming launched a crackdown on knockoff Apple stores and ended up discovering 22 businesses in the city using Apple iconography to sell their wares. Some of these shops re-created Apple’s cash vacuums perfectly, right down to the badges hanging from exployees’ necks.

Chinese officials have ordered the stores to drop their acts out of respect for Apple’s brand identity. Those communists can be so touchy about capitalism.  —PZS


The shops have been told to stop using the logos as Chinese laws prohibit copying the “look and feel” of another company without permission.

It is not clear whether the shops being reprimanded were selling products sourced from Apple distributors in the country or grey market imports.

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By PatrickHenry, August 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment


Secret processes like industrial secrets are fleeting. 

Imagine the Paki OIC guarding that downed SF blackhawk in Pakistan, he was likely on his blackberry 15 mins after the crash calling every spook he knows for cash.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 15, 2011 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Not having to pay royalties is yet another way large corporations can keep small companies from starting up.

My dad invented something really, really cool, back in the 50’s.  A big, national company jumped his patent and no lawyer would touch it, so he was sunk.

He never patented anything again, but instead invented tools to solve problems nobody else could…and kept those processes secret!

Look how many years the guy who invented intermittent windshield wipers had to fight the Big 3 in Detroit, who all stole his invention.

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By PatrickHenry, August 15, 2011 at 2:44 am Link to this comment

Welcome to real capitalism, not the socialized kind we have here in the states.

Intellectual property rights are for lawyers, they artificially inflate the price of the gizmo sold.

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