Those Fake Apple Stores in China Are Getting New Names Like “Smart Store” and “iParty”

Those Fake Apple Stores in China Are Getting New Names Like “Smart Store” and “iParty”

Remember those fake Apple stores in China that were uncovered last month? It turns out that faux Apple stores abound in other continents, like Europe, and unauthorized resellers have even been popping up in the US.

After an investigation by the Chinese authorities, 22 fake Apple stores were shut down. One of the main stores in Kunming, China has been rebranded with a clever new name: the “Smart Store.”

At least the store owner didn’t have the nerve to call it the “Genius Store.”

MICGadget got its hands on some photos of the newly-renamed store in Kunming. What’s even more surprisingly is that, although the store’s owner has been forbidden from calling his retail outlet an “Apple Store,” this Smart Store in Kunming still continues to sell grey market Apple products.

The particular owner of this store used to be an authorized dealer, but his license was pulled due to his illegal raising of product prices for more profit. It’s remained unclear as to what Apple’s involvement or interest is in shutting down fake stores like this one.

Also, here’s another renamed store called “iParty:”

Those Fake Apple Stores in China Are Getting New Names Like “Smart Store” and “iParty”

(via TechCrunch)

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  • AlexJames987332

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, BidFirst.com

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  • imajoebob

    It’s supposed to say “Genius,” but they had their user manual department do the translation.

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  • parameshwara11

    Been in China long enough to know that they might be weeded out for the moment, but slowly they will grow back, like all weeds do.

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