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What he said.
 
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ROFL



check out dealxtreme and look at the mp3 players.





An alternative is one thing but a replica with intent to completely imitate is different. This is especially true when the replica is sold as the original and the consumer loses out when it breaks and there isn't warranty (or parts) or pays a lot on pretense. Etc etc... i don't really care what the company loses when the company is as big and bad as apple/ms/etc. : )
If you understand how businesses work in China there is no such thing as returns or warranty. Once you buy a product it is your problem. Government in China and other countries including 3rd world countries do nothing to protect the consumers unlike in the US and Western Europe.
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How do you get away with something like this in a country like China when the economy is so state controlled?
Well, when the Chinese government itself is trying to steal secrets from other countries (stealth submarine technology, missile guidance systems, etc.), it would be quite hypocritical for them to crack down on stuff like this .
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Well, certain aspects of the economy are broadly state controlled, but in terms of what gets sold where, as long as it doesn't violate the unspoken rule of "Chinese companies and parts first - everybody else second" then the party leaders tend to turn a blind eye.

It's why they can get away with so much piracy and bootlegging of hardware and software. Since foreign companies generally can't even do business in China without some kind of joint venture arrangement, they have a much harder time of setting things up and selling the things they want to without the State noticing. A Chinese owned company, on the other hand, as long as it pays the appropriate bribes to local party leaders, can create as many fake Apple stores as it wants as long as it doesn't get too outrageous.

I know it's a kind of crappy explanation, but then again I never majored in international business.
This.
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This is not completely unexpected from the country that's also in the progress of copying an entire Swiss village..
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While these are among the most copied designs, Apple stores are all over any of the major cities I've seen in China. Practically every major shopping centre/mall has one or two of these, "fake stores" where the logo is proudly shown off and they do actually sell genuine merchandise, sometimes imported from Hong Kong.

I think the most interesting thing to consider is the Chinese response to these stores or even the Chinese idea of what, "fake" actually is.

Unlike in the West, the Chinese don't see, "fake" as a disgusting, evil and appalling idea. They generally see these things as bad but only in a way that we'd probably see cheap chocolates or cheap shoes compared to luxury Belgian chocolates or Converse shoes. They don't see it as, "a fake iPhone", they see it as, "a cheaper iPhone alternative".

Just as I would prefer to buy the extra virgin olive oil or the genuine Champagne, sometimes budget or how much I feel I want/need it would have me buy the ordinary olive/peanut oil or the sparkling wine. The people in China aren't so stupid as to believe that the imitation iPhones are the real thing but they buy them knowing that they may break sooner, won't have all the features or aren't made of the same materials (or all of those things at the same time) because they get them cheaper.

Is that a bad way to be?

Just some food for thought, I'd love to get some feedback.
Very good point.
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
They are assembled in Cupertino, CA but the parts are manufactured in China
what.....no?
made and assembled in china
"designed by apple"

link 1: http://wallstreetpit.com/33974-iphone-supply-chain
link 2: https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0

quote from link 1
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.....designed by Apple engineers in the United States, sourced with high-tech components from around the world and assembled in China. Shipped back to the United States, the iPhone is priced at $600......
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I would buy a fake/real Apple item from these people before I would even think of buying from Apple.

you don't even own them after you buy them.
think about it
Who is the "i" in
iphone
ipad
ipod

Little tip, It's not you!
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I would buy a fake/real Apple item from these people before I would even think of buying from Apple.

you don't even own them after you buy them.
think about it
Who is the "i" in
iphone
ipad
ipod

Little tip, It's not you!
What are you talking about? I own my iPod and the MP3s on it.
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The MSNBC article does not specify if it's a real fake, or if it's just a reseller. Either way, it's a pretty impressive imitation of the store. I would have been fooled if I was in there.

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What are you talking about? I own my iPod and the MP3s on it.
This. If you were trying to do some witty word-play, you failed miserably.
    
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lol you got this off yahoo news didnt you?
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