American Blogger Spots Fake Apple Store In China

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In the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, an American blogger stumbled across what seemed to be an Apple store. The problem? Apple doesn't have any stores in that city. The entire store seems to be a fake.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

And our last word in business today comes from China, where the art of corporate piracy maybe reaching new levels.

The last word is: Apple Store. In the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, an American blogger stumbled across what seemed to be an Apple Store. And it was typically spacious, white walls, a genius bar, sleek light wood counters lined with iPads and other Apple gadgets. And the sales people were walking around wearing blue t-shirts and big name tags around their necks just like in any other Apple Store. Problem is, Apple doesn't have any stores in Kunming. The entire store appears to be a fake.

Call it egregious. Might actually call it maybe ingenious. It does point to the huge facing American companies in China. Apple, the one based in California, does have high hopes for the Chinese market, but it may have faux Apple Stores to compete with.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

STEVE INSKEEP, host.

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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