Our neighborhood in Kunming, China “has definitely kicked it up a notch or seven,” BirdAbroad blogs. “Starbucks has opened not one, but THREE branches (that I encountered) within a 10 minute walk of one another.”

“An H&M has opened across from our apartment building. These are the kinds of major Western brands that were previously only represented in Kunming by fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC,” BirdAbroad reports. “Our neighborhood has quickly become the swanky shopping center of the city.”

BirdAbroad reports, “So when we strolled down a street a few blocks from our house a couple weeks ago, I was only sort of surprised to see this new place, one that any American of my generation can probably recognize instantaneously:”

Fake Apple Store in China

Fake Apple Store in China (photo credit: BirdAbroad)

“You have already guessed the punchline, of course: this was a total Apple store ripoff. A beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day). But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn’t been painted properly,” BirdAbroad reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds just like a Microsoft Store.

BirdAbroad reports, “Apple never writes ‘Apple Store’ on it’s signs – it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.”

Fake Apple Store in China sign

Fake Apple Store in China's sign (photo credit: BirdAbroad)

BirdAbroad reports, “Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple… And the best part? A ten minute walk around the corner revealed not one, but TWO more rip-off Apple stores.”

More info and photos the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you work behind the China Apple Stoer’s Genius Bra, you’re no Einstein.

Chris Chang reports for M.I.C Gadget, “The store has been open for one and a half years, it had an Apple authorized reseller license for half a year until it was caught selling new products at much higher prices than Apple allows. It is located in Kunming and the owner has some connections with people in the Shanghai Apple store in Pudong, this is how he gets Apple’s sales charts and posters. By going online to portal.apple.com you can access this. Also of note he gets his product from the grey market, like all unlicensed Apple resellers. His prices are quite high due to import duties. The owner is from Guangdong and owns a store in Shenzhen and also in Hangzhou. Sales are strong, but he has many customer complaints.”

Read more in the full article, which includes info and photos about many, many more fake Apple Stores in China, here.

And, now, these “Apple Stoers” close in 3…2…

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]