China Fakes Apple Retail Stores Better Than It Fakes iPhones [Gallery]

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We’ve all seen those copycat iPhones that come out of China, the majority of which can usually be identified as counterfeit within a few seconds. However, when it comes to faking Apple stores, China does a pretty damn good job.

Apple only has a handful of retail stores in China, so one savvy businessman has decided to build his own. However, he didn’t go down the Apple authorised reseller route as you’d expect — he literally ripped off Apple’s own stores.

From the outside, a large white glowing Apple logo hangs above the familiar glass doors. Inside, employees walk around in blue shirts, emblazoned with a white Apple logo, accompanied by an Apple name tag around their necks. The floors are wood and stone, depending on which area of the store you’re stood in, and the latest Apple products sit on wooden tables for customers to play around with — complete with Apple’s patented product label holders.

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Just like your local Apple store, the white walls are home to Apple posters that feature the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 and various Macs. Other walls are filled with accessories and software. What’s even more impressive is there’s even a mini Genius Bar, an area for kids to play with iPads and Mac, and a twisted staircase, similar to that which leads into Apple’s iconic New York City store on Fifth Avenue.

Other than its most blatant faking, however, what’s most worrying about this “Apple Store” is that its employees genuinely think they work for Apple, according to Bird Abroad:

We struck up a conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple

There are reportedly three of these fake Apple Stores within a 10 minute walk, one of which isn’t as convincing as the other two, carrying a misspelled sign that reads “Apple Stoer.”

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  • Reiss Jones

    Are all the products in those shops fake aswell?

  • Michael Klopf

    I would like to know that too. The devices look like they are genuine.

  • Barton Lynch

    yeah that’s what I want to know

  • aquraishi

    A bit of a shame? That they’re such good rip-off artists, thieves? Since when has ripping a company off, no matter how successful, become admirable?

  • mdusault

    The devices aren’t fake, their real. I live in China, and all of the Apple product are all sold out because they buy it all and then re-sell them in shops like these for a higher price…

  • ErinsDad

    It would probably expose me as the true Apple Fanman I am (can’t be a boy if you’re over 50), but I’d like to outfit my garage or basement in the Apple Store manner. 

    Wife – “I’ve asked you 8 f***ing times this week to fix the f***ing cabinet! Where’s the drill?” 
    Me – “It’s over by the iPad display, between the 16GB White 3G and Keynote Box.  Do you want  AppleCare with the drill?  Do you like my Apple Shirt?”

  • Jordan Clay

    Gotta admit this is a pretty good knock of an Apple Stoer (sic).   Looks like they just messed one little detail up.

  • Hane Hormes

    Haha all the pictures have Apple Store except the one outside where it says Apple Stoer (3rd pic)

  • Andre Joffe

    I wonder what the employees at the “Genius Bar” do if you bring in something for repair? Probably steal all your data and resell your equipment.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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