China finds another 22 fake Apple stores: report

Afp
Saturday 13 August 2011 00:00
Comments

Another 22 fake Apple stores have been discovered in a southwestern Chinese city, a media report said on Friday, just weeks after authorities shut down two such shops.

The fake shops - all found within the city of Kunming and sporting the famous Apple signage - have since been ordered to stop using the logo, state-run China National Radio said on its website.

China is home to the biggest counterfeit market in the world, despite repeated government pledges to root out fake goods.

The discovery last month by an American blogger of a fake Apple store in Kunming so convincing even some of the staff thought they worked for the US computing giant caused a storm of publicity around the world.

Chinese authorities moved quickly to close down that store, but since then several more fake shops have been found.

The Apple website lists just four official stores in China - two in Beijing and two in Shanghai - although many more are authorised to sell its products.

Chinese authorities last month reportedly closed two fake Apple stores in Kunming after an investigation of 300 IT stores in the city.

Friday's China National Radio report said authorities had set up a complaints hotline for the public to help them track down pirated goods and shops in the wake of the Apple shop frauds.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in