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Counterfeit Apple Stores popping up in China, even fooling employees

While Apple is on record saying that as many as 25 new retail locations will be installed in China over the next few years, these fake stores can’t be what they had in mind. Some resourceful counterfeiters have apparently been going to great lengths to recreate the look and feel of an official Apple Store, and it appears that they’re getting away with it in some cases.

Those familiar with Apple’s famous stores will immediately notice the detail-oriented approach taken by these fakers. From the wooden display tables to the winding staircases, they’ve gone to great lengths to fool the casual shopper. You’ll even find signature signage adorning the walls and perhaps even a stone floor beneath your feet. The only times the differences might become apparent are when you spot a sign like the one seen hanging in a window and reading “Appl Stoer.”

… But no fake Apple Store would be complete without its smiling staff members. Oh, and the products, of course. To that end, things are a little unclear. While it appears that most of the stores offer genuine Apple products, what is not known is whether or not they’re authorized resellers.

The staff members are either very good actors or thoroughly duped, as on-scene witnesses of these counterfeit stores say that the employees seem to believe they truly work for Apple. Sadly, that’s not the case, and now that the story of these counterfeit stores is hitting the news, they probably won’t even work for Fake Apple much longer.

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