Originally Posted by shanghailoz
Despite all the naysayers.
It IS an Apple reseller.
It looks like a store selling Apple products - much like any other store selling apple products.
They *are* selling apple products.
No big story here.
It's not an Apple authorized reseller, and apparently the customers
who thought they were buying from a legit Apple Store think it's a big deal.
If people bring their purchases in for warranty repair, they're fucked, since Apple isn't going to accept this "reseller just like any other" as a legitimate sales channel, any more than they'd accept a street vendor's goods for warranty repair. That's pretty much the entire point of "authorized." So unless this store cloned the entire hardware/software support system, it most certainly is a big deal.
I'm sort of fascinated that you can't seem to bring yourself to even begin to understand the underlying problem-- that you imagine that if a store sells Apple's stuff, by any mechanism they choose, then they become a proper "reseller" and all is well.
I'm also not sure why I'm supposed to trust the proprietors of this store. If they think it's perfectly fine to copy an Apple Store to the point that they have fooled and confused their own customers, why wouldn't they think it was fine to sell counterfeit Apple gear, as long as, in their judgement, those counterfeits were "just as good" as Apple's stuff? That's the standard, right? As long as you figure stuff is a good enough clone, it doesn't really matter if it's real or not?