Have you ever heard of a duplicate store which sells original merchandise?

Video A tour of a fake Apple store in China
news Apple Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 13:20

Have you ever heard of a duplicate store which sells original merchandise?

As absurd as it sounds, it is quite common in most of China's smaller cities and towns since 2011.

The I-Phones which are originally made by Taiwanese manufacturers Foxconn are hugely popular in China but the limited number of official stores does not meet the overwhelming appetite of the Chinese populace. 

The phones are seen as a symbol of status for some, which makes them pay double the market price.

The Chinese, for the first time, got to see the launch of I-Phone 6S with the rest of the world in September and just like the original apple stores, the fake ones took pre-orders for the release.

There have also been cases where these shops would make new launches available within the country even before their official release.

However, I-Phones are not the only product, the fakes store deals with all the latest apple products and are reported to buy apple products from authorized channels - inside and outside the country, and earn a profit by selling them at inflated prices.

The irony is that not all the shop attendants are aware that they work in fake Apple stores.

The shops sport a look similar to that of the original Apple stores with original Apple logos on banners and attendants wearing Apple T-shirts and badges. 

Even the wooden table on which the products are showcased are similar to that of the official stores.

Don't believe us? Here's a video titled 'Touring Fake Apple Retail Stores' that takes you through one of these stores.


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