Fake Apple Stores in China Begin to Shut Down, But Apple Has Nothing To Do With It



Those impressively fake Apple stores in Kunming, China, were undoubtedly destined for doom after they enjoyed global fame last week. Two of the five stores have already been shut down, but surprisingly, Apple has had nothing to do with it.

Instead, the Chinese authorities have stepped in and closed the stores because they lack the proper business licenses, according to Bloomberg. Over 300 electrical good stores were inspected in the city, and only two of the five Apple store fakes were forced to close; the other three have the necessary licenses to continue to do business.

Yu Cheng, who owns three of the copycat Apple stores, believes he is “doing Apple a favor” by selling its products, and has now applied to be an authorized Apple reseller. However, even if Apple declines his request, Yu isn’t violating any Chinese laws according to Deng Hai, a lawyer with Sichuan Law Offices who represents the businessman.

Shortly after these counterfeit Apple stores were exposed last week, outraged customers who were unaware of their real status returned to the store to demand proof that their purchases are genuine. However, without these knockoff stores, customers outside of China’s big cities may not be able to get their hands on Apple goods so easily.

Jim Tang, a technology analyst at Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co. in Shanghai, said:

In areas outside of the biggest cities, it’s difficult to find Apple products, and there is strong demand. For a big country like China, Apple’s sales network doesn’t go far enough, and the company needs to explained.

While three stores have the necessary business licenses to operate, they continue to use Apple’s logo without authorization and will likely be the next to go.

  • Thex1138

    Sure they have the licenses…. But where to they get the products?

  • Chris Brunner

    They should shut down the Microsoft stores here in the US, not that they’re actual competition since the only MS hardware is the Xbox and peripherals. But, they look an awful lot like fake Apple stores!


  • crateish

    Our local mall has a MS store that is twice the size of the Apple Store there. The Apple Store always has 2-3x more customers. Half the ‘customers’ in the MS store are kids messing around with Xboxes.

    Redmond can’t fool consumers.

    Speaking of fools, when are they going to dump Ballmer?

  • CharliK

    I wouldn’t say that Apple has nothing to do with it. They might not have made any calls like they allegedly did to the Secret Service over the NYC photo thing. But you can bet that the assumed threat that Apple would cut their business with Chinese companies (or at least their Chinese factories) is always in the whispered realm whenever something that could piss off Apple is going down. 

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Gee I never knew Apple had that kind of clout in the upper echelons of the Chinese fascist pig communist govt. I guess that proves if asshole Jobs had really wanted to do something about the Foxxconn suicides he could have but instead chose to shove more millions up his ass while Chinese workers continued to die from mistreatment. Thank you for clearing that up for your fellow Apple fan boy’s dude. Finally an Apple fan who stepped up to the plate and stated the truth. Today’s a banner day on the blog a sphere.

  • 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