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I just care that what I sell every day are authentic Apple products, and that our customers don't come back to me to complain about the quality of the products.
This is what an employee at the fake Apple Store in Kunming, China told a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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The WSJ couldn't get in touch with the owner or manager of the store, but did get in touch with a salesperson who confirmed that the store was not an authorized reseller -- but did sell genuine Apple products at the same prices as those on Apple's website.

The salesperson said it didn't "make much of a difference" if they were authorized. Instead, as the quote above illustrates, the staff in the store simply want to do a good job selling Apple products -- just like the authentic employees at an Apple Retail Store.

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Apple Store Sanlitun, Beijing, China
Regarding the counterfeit stores, the salesperson felt his "store should be one of the best in terms of scale and the level of professionalism," noting that the employee t-shirts and name lanyards give it a similar look and feel to the authentic Apple Stores in China, in Beijing and Shanghai.

Article Link: Fake Apple Store Employee: We Just Want To Do A Good Job
 

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Good intentions are nice.

Unfortunately, they aren't always smart.

The salesperson said it didn't "make much of a difference" if they were authorized.

Uh yeah . . . it does.
 
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Northgrove

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Haha, and the warranty of the sold products are...?

How can this store still exist? It can only be a matter of time. :confused:
 
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wikus

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Good intentions are nice.

Unfortunately, they aren't always smart.

The salesperson said it didn't "make much of a difference" if they were authorized.

Uh yeah . . . it does.

Yeah, I'm sure Big Brother is going to be pissed off about extra sales.
 
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NutsNGum

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Jul 30, 2010
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Yep. The problem is undoubtedly where the products are being sourced from for them to be able to be sold at a price profitable to the shop owner.

Back door of Foxconn I'd imagine.

edit: Sorry jackc, didn't spot your post before I started flapping' my gums.
 
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teloche

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that aint true love, i cant stand it when people love something so much that they actually plagiarize, steal or claim it.,yet its someone elses to begin with and that first person does it better, geeze, its what apple is about!
 
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Icedog

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I wonder how and where they're getting all that product to stock the shelves.
 
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emvath

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I wonder if they have to fake a sense of pretentious smugness required of real apple store employees...
 
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teloche

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Yep. The problem is undoubtedly where the products are being sourced from for them to be able to be sold at a price profitable to the shop owner.

Back door of Foxconn I'd imagine.

i wonder is this store is run by Samsung, cant beat them join them policy

i literally cant stand them
 
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Mr. Chewbacca

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I wonder how apple is dealing with returns. It seems reasonable to expect most of the customers had no idea this was not a real store.

If the products cost about the same and are actually Apple these people are Apple customers and will most likley continue to buy Apple unless Apple drops the ball.

They do need to go after the store owner.
 
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Exponent

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Jul 17, 2002
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Products might be real

You all have to remember - since Apple _makes_ their product in that corrupt dictatorial hell-hole, there's an excellent chance the products in the fake store are actually real.

The products could have been taken off a truck, or perhaps the assembly line was run a bit longer to generate some "extra" stock, off the books. This has been a longstanding practice of offshored manufacturing operations.

I sure wish we would start making things in free countries, again! (Of course, we have to clear up corruption, over-regulation and over-taxation over here in the west first before that will happen.)
 
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creepy crab

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surely if they really are doing such a professional job, with sales figures to match and low return rates, Apple should just authorize them as a genuine reseller... Why bite the hand that feeds?
 
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GJSchaller

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Oct 18, 2007
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Yep. The problem is undoubtedly where the products are being sourced from for them to be able to be sold at a price profitable to the shop owner.

Back door of Foxconn I'd imagine.

This is the key point. If they are obtaining the product through legal channels, it's one thing. But if they are using Apple's designs and technology, and not licensing them from Apple (i.e. - they're asking Foxconn to run a few extra thousand of each product on the sly), that's gonna be a huge legal issue.

We already have seen the issue with the white iPhone cases being slipped out and sold online - this might be the same thing, on a much larger scale.
 
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indiekiduk

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Jul 26, 2005
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So the goods aren't fake after all, what a pointless stupid story. There used to be a reseller down the street from me but I didn't get all huffy about it.
 
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