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5 fake Apple stores found in China

A man works on a poster at a shop masquerading as an Apple store in downtown Kunming in China. A man works on a poster at a shop masquerading as an Apple store in downtown Kunming in China. (Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 26, 2011

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BEIJING - Chinese officials found five fake Apple stores in a southwestern city and ordered two of them to suspend business while they are investigated, a local government website said yesterday.

Officials said they couldn’t do anything about the other three stores - which prominently displayed Apple signs and logos - because they did not find any fake Apple products for sale, according to a report by a newspaper posted on the Kunming city government’s website.

The investigation follows a blog post last week by an American woman who lives in Kunming in Yunnan province, who stumbled across three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores in the city.

She took photos and posted them on her BirdAbroad blog.

After the blog appeared on Wednesday, the Kunming Trade and Industry Bureau inspected more than 300 electronics stores and found the five fake Apple stores, the city government’s website said.