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Twenty-Two Fake Apple Stores Found in One Chinese City
August 13, 2011
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Last week, we told you about a Chinese business district that is being transformed into a full-size replica of Manhattan. It seems the country's taste for imitations continues: authorities in the city of Kunming have uncovered 22 copycat versions of the Apple Store within their city limits.

The search for Apple copycats began when blogger BirdAbroad posted images of one such store online. According to her report, employees at this store - which is a remarkably convincing replica, with display tables, graphics, and even employee uniforms that look like the real thing - actually believe they work for Apple.

Once the Kunming retail watchdog caught wind of the blog entry, an investigation began, which has turned up 21 more faux-Apple retail destinations in the city. It's unclear whether the software and hardware being sold at these stores is actual Apple product, but either way, if imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, Steve Jobs is blushing right now. Or possibly turning red with anger.


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