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Customers in China Demanding Refunds as Employees Defend Fake Apple Store

Customers is the Kunming city of China are demanding refunds and compensation right after an Apple store was revealed to be a complete fake.

According to Reuters (opens in new tab), ever since the story of a fake Apple store flashed through the Internet and media, customers have lined up to demand the refund for their Apple products which they purchased from the fake shop that looked flawlessly like the authorised store.

Despite the furore, employees at the Kunming store are defiant about their claim to authenticity.

"The media is painting us to be a fake store but we don't sell fakes, all our products are real, you can check it yourself. There is no Chinese law that says I can't decorate my shop the way I want to decorate it." said one of the employees who were upset at being flashed as a fake store all around.

The Reuters quoted to a customer who purchased her Macbook Pro and an iPhone 3G from the store demanding refund. She was not issued a receipt at the time of purchase, as the staff requested her to visit after one month to collect the same.

Interestingly, the showroom which read, ‘Apple Store’ captured the sight of an American blogger who found that Apple Inc. does not brand its company as an Apple Store. The Cupertino, California-based company has only four authorised showrooms in Beijing and Shanghai.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.