Following the discovery of a fake Apple Store operating the Chinese city of Kunming, officials have discovered that there are five such stores operating in the city.
According to BBC News (opens in new tab), Chinese officials have closed down two of the five businesses as they didn’t have a business license.
The remaining stores, which happen to be fake as well, are being allowed to operate and mislead the customers into thinking they are buying products directly from Apple, just because they have a business license.
The discovery of fake Apple stores in China was first reported by an American blogger living in Kunming, who wrote about visiting one such store in the city. She reported that employees at one store were convinced that they were actually working for Apple.
“It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks,” she wrote (opens in new tab). But then she noticed the poorly assembled stairs and the name ‘Apple Store’ printed in the front. Apple never writes ‘Apple Store’ on the front of the stores.
Officially, there are only two Apple Stores in China, one is in Beijing and the other is in Shanghai. Apple has refused to comment on the discovery until now.