Fake Apple retail stores on the decline in China

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As Apple has expanded its retail presence in China, the number of knockoff locations falsely parading as official Apple Stores has declined in the city of Shenzhen, a new report reveals.


Fake Apple store in China, circa 2011.


The total of fake Apple outlets in one of the city's electronics districts has fallen by a third from the more than 30 present in September, Reuters noted on Tuesday. Some of the shops have been replaced by unauthorized companies selling local smartphone brands such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu, and Oppo. A saleswoman at one store still serving Apple products commented that iPhone sales had dropped to half of October levels.

Though the report suggests that the decline in fake Apple stores may be attributed to less interest in the company's products, it's also possible that the iPhone maker has instigated a local crackdown on vendors exploiting its brand. Another factor to consider is the ever increasing number of legitimate Apple Stores in China.

As of this week, Apple will open its 33rd official store in the country, with plans to have 40 locations by mid 2016. Despite rapid expansion in recent years, Apple still has a long way to go, as there are 53 Apple Stores in California alone.




It's also possible that such stores ebb and flow with the release of new Apple products. For example, last September it was said that counterfeit Apple stores were on the rise coinciding with the debut of the iPhone 6s.

Apple has for years dealt with counterfeit stores, an issue that gained media attention in 2011. While Chinese officials ultimately ordered a handful of operators to shut down, the unauthorized resale industry was never completely wiped out.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    Another sign that Apple is doomed.  Analysts want to see growth in fake Apple stores and fake products, not too much a strong outlook for vaporware in the pipeline.
    anton zuykov
  • Reply 2 of 12
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Real Apple stores mean the local officials have REAL Apple money to line their pockets: so the fakes get shut down.
  • Reply 3 of 12
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,626member
    Wow... it's incredible the amount of nonsense being spewed and bullshit opinions being implied as fact making it all sound like it's a negative for Apple.

    Maybe the customers are realizing the stores are fake and are being smarter about it now?  

    Geez... slow day for the media I guess?
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 4 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,604member
    sog35 said:
    Another stupid bullshit story using total LIES to 'prove' that iPhone sales are weak.

    Of course fake Apple stores will disappear because Apple is building REAL APPLE STORES in those same cities.

    This is yellow journalism at its worst (not AppleInsider but the original article by Reuters)

    I rarely do this, but I'm going to have to agree with you.

    That was a sad and desperate reach for clicks, which obviously proves that Reuters is in so much financial trouble that they will write anything to draw Mac users to their pitiful news site.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    they've all moved to the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Spotted this on a channel 4 doc the other night. (not so sharp on the grab - buts its anApple Care sign on the video) Apparently there was a Microsoft store across the street but it closed after a few days because it was shite. Rockin Roll Mr Cook at 5! Biggest quarter in AAPL history. Back of the net!
  • Reply 6 of 12
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    Apple clones are so doomed.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    steviestevie Posts: 956member
    The people who work there should go to jail for a long, long time.   These stores cost Apple a lot of money.  
  • Reply 8 of 12
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    sflocal said:
    Wow... it's incredible the amount of nonsense being spewed and bullshit opinions being implied as fact making it all sound like it's a negative for Apple.

    Maybe the customers are realizing the stores are fake and are being smarter about it now?  

    Geez... slow day for the media I guess?
    Things are about to get Hot! Hot!
  • Reply 9 of 12
    I'm sure their numbers are down because they were charging 2-3x retail price on their Apple products. Now that you can buy from a legitimate Apple store, why shop at a knockoff with inflated prices.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    What BS There's no such thing as fake Apple Stores in China. Everyone knows they're just resellers. This is all because of that one reporter in 2011 who didn't understand how things work here. 
  • Reply 11 of 12
    This is China we're talking about.  There will always be fake Apple stores, to go with fake everything else luxury.  Zero respect for IP and lots of people wanting to show off some bling without the means to afford the genuine article.  Duh!
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