August 11, 2011- Officials in China have found another 22 fake Apple stores in Kunming, China and have forced them to stop using the company’s logo and trademarks after receiving complaints from the company.
In July, an American blogger in Kunming discovered five fake stores and broadcast over her blog and other social media sites her finding. The fake stores were almost identical to official Apple stores including the product panels with information and the display tables that are long and wooden.
The walls were covered with Apple official store promotions and actual Apple products were being sold in the stores. The Shanghai office of Apple posted a complaint with the Kunming Trade and Industry Bureau in early August. The stores were given until the 10th of August to remove all the trademarks of Apple.
Authorities in Kunming have said that all of the stores have complied with the request. Due to the internet frenzy that was caused in July from the first fake store posting, over 300 computer stores were investigated by Chinese commercial and industrial authorities in the city.
Two stores were closed, not for problems with Apple but, because of not having proper business licenses. There have been other reports of other fake Apple stores in the country with another American blogger saying she found one in Chengdu which is over 500 miles from Kunming.