[an error occurred while processing this directive] George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight | Twenty-Two Fake Apple Stores Found in One Chinese City


Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows



Alt News
Twenty-Two Fake Apple Stores Found in One Chinese City
August 13, 2011
submit to reddit

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.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.