The fake Apple shops were highlighted previous week by a blogger who writes in the name BirdAbroad. According to her, there were three fake Apple shops in the city in southeastern China.
Officials have closed two of the stores since they were selling Apple products without permission. On the other hand, the reports said that the shop emphasized by BirdAbroad was not closed since it is applying for a license of a reseller.
Chang Puyun, a spokesperson for the Kunming government’s business bureau, said, “Some overseas media has made it appear the stores sold fake Apple products. China has taken great steps to enforce intellectual property rights and the stores weren’t selling fake products.”
Another official from the city’s business bureau said that all five Apple shops were selling real Apple products purchased from authorized retailers to different places in China.
Because BirdAbroad published her post concerning the forged Apple store previous week, readers throughout the world have been sending her more examples. In a blog post she wrote, “Over the past couple of days you’ve sent pictures and written in about fake (or at least seriously questionable) Apple stores from Croatia to Colombia, Burma to Venezuela, Slovenia to Spain, and in a dozen locations right here in China.”