Comments on: A Chinese consumer’s unfortunate encounter with a fake Apple store Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: seaforte03 Sun, 07 Aug 2011 09:40:43 +0000 This article reeks of sensationalism and inuendo as opposed to factual reporting. Please move it to the entertainment section where biased, opinionated, gossipy reporting is more acceptable.

By: TheOpinionator Fri, 05 Aug 2011 10:11:09 +0000 I am currently visiting Kunming and I’ve been to two of these stores already. They don’t have the cable I am looking for, cannot find me a price for it and don’t know how to order it in. If that doesn’t give the game away, I don’t know what does.

Firstly, does this woman think that her Macbook is fake? Does it turn on and run MacOSX? What about the “iPhone3″ (which doesn’t exist…do you mean 3G or 3GS maybe?)? Do either of the devices turn on? The stores are not legitimate Apple retail stores, but the products are real. Sure, the accessories are most likely poor quality rip-offs, but the iMacs, Macbooks, iPhone and iPads are all real.

Secondly, what the heck is this woman doing spending 14,000 yuan on Apple products if her wage is low. She could get an equally powerful PC for 5,000 yuan.

Lastly, 14,000 does not get you a Macbook and an iPhone3G….not at a legit Apple store, let alone a fake one.

I call BS on this article. Publish this comment. I dare you.

By: paintcan Tue, 02 Aug 2011 03:03:43 +0000 This is a very misleading and insincere article in the name of consumer protection. The example of Mrs. Wang is too far fetched to be real. The woman is a shopaholic, not a legitimate consumer. She would be the Chinese equivalent of black kids in the Ghetto who ere targeted by companies like Nike to spend their money on sports shoes or immense radio setups (the old Ghetto blasters not made by Nike). She is also a slave to brand names. The article goes without an author’s name and that suggests that it is an industry or government planted puff piece. Why didn’t you call her an old pensioner who lost her life savings or the money for the family house?

Consumer protection in this country is almost a thing of the past and doesn’t exist at all on the net. Computers are so cheap now they are being given at a steep discount to lure customers into high priced Internet service packages where the consumer has no real legal protection. Consumers aren’t protected from even fraudulent online gimmicks that proliferate on the net. I made a mistake with one once years ago and the credit card company sided with the fraud. It was a big change from their practices even a few years earlier.

If one doesn’t like the nearly automatic increase in prices, the consumer has only to try to find another provider if they can or drop the service. It is frequently bundled with telephone service. But since that computer is almost as important as a phone or TV it is difficult to drop. The consumer doesn’t sign a contract with Internet providers. Any involvement with them spells out very one-sided protections all favoring the provider. If there is any truth to the privacy protections that sites claim, it is beyond the ability of the consumer to prove it exists. And even the distinction between an Apple and PC is erroneous since so many of the components are interchangeable. The operating systems are different not the hardware. I stopped paying attention to brand names decades ago. I shop price and that doesn’t require being all that savvy either.

The author makes a fuss over dubious marketing and overlooks the fat profit potential that companies like Apple are really trying to preserve. It is disgusting that junk food makers like McDonalds can span the globe and are jealous of competition when in fact the rivals may conceivably offer better quality food than the brand name. But brand loyalty is akin to mass hypnosis and the rivals don’t think they stand a chance. I live in small town where McDonalds was a new comer about ten years ago. Prior to their establishment at the highway interchange – the town had a few small restaurants. All have close since then.

You probably won’t print this comment like two others I’ve sent and I’ll understand but I’ll know you’re a fraud as much as that Apple store: either the original or the pirated version.