Now slavish copycat Samsung attempts to knockoff Apple’s retail stores (with video)

“It’s a flagship consumer electronics store on Sydney’s George Street with smiling blue shirt-wearing sales staff, a minimalist design and smartphones and tablets that invite customers to pick up and play,” Asher Moses reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.

“But according to Samsung, the new store – just a block from Apple’s Sydney store – was all its own idea,” Moses reports. “The company, renowned as a “fast follower” of the market leader, is doing little to dispel the notion that it is an Apple copycat.”

Moses reports, “The store at 450 George Street opened at 8am today when Samsung also began selling its new tablet computer, the Galaxy Note 10.1. The 16GB WiFi version – which has a stylus for writing/drawing and can run dual apps in split screen mode – is priced at $589.”

MacDailyNews Note: Here are a couple of reviews:
• Engadget reviews Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Cheap, inferior, ultimately disposable feel – August 15, 2012
• The Verge reviews Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: A disappointing Android tablet – August 15, 2012

Moses reports, “Everything from the store layout to the sales staff to the products and even the packaging and promotional material is uncannily Apple-esque… Samsung Australia’s vice-president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, said Apple ‘didn’t even come into the equation when we were looking for a location [for the store].’ But come on, the layout of the store is pretty similar, right? ‘Well, if you look at our layout this is the layout that we use around the world and it’s about basically giving the consumers the opportunity to interact, learn and play with our devices,’ McGee said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, they copied Apple Store NorthPark.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “MizuInOz,” “chris,” “Murray68,” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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70 Comments

  1. Leading competitor, except for the fact that they give one phone away for free when you buy one. So they don’t sell 10 million phones, they sell 5 million and give away 5 million. There’s a big difference with selling and giving away. Apple doesn’t give away phones so all of there sales are truly sales and not half give aways like copycat Samsung.

    1. Not quite. The “Buy one get one free” promo is not done by Samsung (nor by RIM, Nokia, LG, HTC or other makers). These are done by carriers, who foot the bill for them, while handset makers get normal wholesale price for the devices.

      More importantly, BOGO offers are totally bogus. A high-end Android phone costs about $550. When they offer “buy one for $200, get one free”, this essentially means $200 off on the price of $1,100 — not even a 20% discount on the full retail price. Both phones must be activated on 2-year plans, so both of them will collect the average $350 subsidy that standard smartphone plans contain.

      So, no; Samsung is NOT giving away any phones. They’re getting whatever wholesale price they agreed to with the carriers.

      1. (Computer synthesized voice) “Error … Error …” but the will of Landru says we must be right about the wrong of Samsung, but if we’re wrong about the wrong of Samsung … then we have made a mistake … and mistakes are not allowed … we therefore must be destroyed to keep clean the body of (Apple) Landru.

      1. But this is Apple troll site. You have be an Apple to cross the bridge here. If Samsung made an airplane and released it … it would be something like an Apple corporate airplane. Oh the gall of Samsung to make an airplane just like Apples.

        If the only tool you have is an Apple then everything starts looking like an Apple copy.

        1. Sorry, “Alan,” but your syntactical errors and halting prose sound suspiciously Korean/Asian to me. Go back to your Slamdung sites and apologize for your tech-plagiarism there, OK?

  2. This is a joke, right? like the Connan O’brian parody video? they can’t serious, it is exactly as an Apple store.
    Really, if the jury can’t find that sansung copied everything from apple, there is something very wrong with their heads.

    1. consider that the jury went thru our WONDERFUL education system where ‘no child is left behind”, so we all get to deal with idiots running around like roaches in society … and they vote… and they are on juries… YEA!

  3. Tyler McGee, is really excited to launch tomorrow the Slamdung Store… our layout this is the layout that we use around the world – but – basically we are just opening it TOMORROW. Huh?

    Love how he screws-up on the Galaxy S III – and uhmmm ahhh we had greeeeeat uhmmmm response from Australian consumers – cough – hack — i know my companies products well…

    fired.

  4. Looking forward to hearing Tim Cook introduce the Apple refrigerator! Totally integrated into the Passport app and your calendar so your meal planning and grocery shopping are finally all together. Next up: iCupboard with NFC-based shelves with integrated scales.

    Long AAPL!

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