Some Apples are not bad

Tuesday 23 August 2011, 6.00pm HKT


REUTERS yesterday helpfully confirmed The Naked Listener’s contention that some of the fake Apple stores on mainland China not fakes at all but actually Apple resellers that sell the real McCoy to customers.

Gee, thanks a bunch, Reuters, you helped me win my $100 wager.

First, the Intarwebz went all barmy over some blogger’s account of an Apple store somewhere in China.

That store eventually turned out to be an Apple reseller. It sold no fake Apple products — just that the reseller modelled its store completely on Apple décor.

Then the Chinese authorities, in trying to show that they’re on top of things, shut down two similar Apple-looking stores.

Now, two dozen or so Apple-looking stores have been ordered to stop using Apple trademarks in China.

The funny (and sad) thing is how the authorised Apple resellers there were instantly branded as fake by everyone, regardless of the fact that the resellers sold genuine Apple products.

A business associate of mine up in China was telling me the other day that loads of customers were returning their genuine Apple purchases for refunds from these resellers. The hysteria was so intense, my associate recounted, that you’d thought the Cultural Revolution was back on line.

(I trust my associate’s word on things about China, mainly because this fits in with my experience of China tending to go into a dog pile on the slightest rumour. They’re a nervous lot, those Chinese.)

Just goes to show that our mainland comrades, by dint of long experience with fake goods, are now unable to distinguish the real thing from the fakes.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011. Updated 04 June 2013 (typos). Image via Playerz Blog.

2 Responses to “Some Apples are not bad”

  1. Ed Hurst said

    Sounds like someone shucking and jiving the Apple fanatics, a prank no one admits is a prank.

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