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Fake Apple stores: 22 more found in China

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Chinese authorities have found 22 more fake Apple stores in the city of Kunming following the uncovering of a fake Apple store in that city by a blogger known as BirdAbroad.

China's Administration for Industry and Commerce has suspended previously exposed stores from doing business, but the new 22 are instead being ordered to stop using Apple's logo and trademarks, according to a report from Reuters.

State media reports said Apple China has filed a complaint with the government and accused such fake stores of unfair competition and trademark violation, according to Reuters.

"The market watchdog agency said it would set up a complaint hotline and boost monitoring, the official Xinhua news agency reported," Reuters said. "It did not say if the shops were selling knock-off Apple products or genuine but smuggled models.

"Countless unauthorized resellers of Apple and other brands' electronic products throughout China sell the real thing but buy their goods overseas and smuggle them into the country to escape taxes," the Reuters report said.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog

Photos: Inside a faux Apple Store. Credit: BirdAbroad

 
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