Just when you think the hilarious fake Apple retail stores in Kunming, China are gone, they pop out again, changing their name from “Apple Store” to “Smart Store.”
A few weeks ago, a number of Apple Stores emerged in the Kunming province in China, which will make you think its weird that Apple will put a number of retail stores in such a remote province. The stores copied the “look and feel” of a real Apple Store and its employees even think that they’re working for the tech giant.
The Smart Stores’ innards still look very similar, with an Apple Store logo still behind the glass. Chinese tech bloggers reported that even though these stores have replaced their names with Smart Stores, they still sell Apple products, including iPads, iPhones and iPods. The difference is that these are grey market units and are not distributed by Apple officially.
A number of the stores found in the province don’t have business licenses and are not official Apple resellers. It was reported that the Kunming Smart Store used to be an authorized reseller of Apple products, which has been revoked. The store is still open for business to supply the province’s Apple needs.
Last week, Chinese authorities discovered 22 more fake Apple stores in the same province. This shows that some of them are not afraid of Apple’s legal team, while some are trying to stay under the radar. MIC Gadgets also found a fake Apple store called “iParty,” which is not located in the Kunming province.