Sydney, Barcelona and Milan have all seen new Apple stores open this year.
But it’s unlikely the Chinese city of Kunming was on the tip of Steve Jobs’ tongue when deciding where to sell the company’s hi-tech wares.
An American blogger correctly suspected three stores in Kunming in the southwest Yunnan province were fakes. Even staff were perplexed.
“I don’t think you can say we are a fake Apple store because we sell real Apple products. Now whether we are licensed or not, I don’t know. Only the boss knows about this,” said one employee.
Apple allows retailers to sell iPhones, iPods and iPads if they respect strict rules on layout and service.
The Silcon Valley firm has not commented on the replica retailers. Its website lists only four authorised dealers in China, two in Beijing and two in Shanghai.