A 27-year-old female American blogger, “BirdAbroad,” has been flooded with interview requests from journalists and hundreds of other people. She attracted nearly 1 million hits over the past three days after she posted.about Apple Store false replica in China. It became an Internet sensation after her post went viral and triggered a feisty debate about piracy in the world’s second largest economy.
A search on Google showed nearly 1,000 media outlets picked up the story and pictures of the fake store, with the topic one of the most talked-about subjects on Twitter and Chinese Internet sites. Complete with the white Apple logo, wooden tables and cheery staff who appeared to genuinely believe they worked for the iPhone maker, the store looks every bit like Apple Stores found all over the world. here But Apple has no stores in Kunming and only 13 authorized resellers in the city. They have iPods, iPads, and MacBook Pros on their tables and pristine white paint on their walls.
She wrote in the post that she found the store while strolling down a street with her husband a few blocks from their apartment. “I originally put the post up not because it was news that Western brands get ripped off in China, but because these Apple stores had taken the fakery up a serious notch to the point where it’s practically a work of art in itself.,”
She did actually email the blog post to Steve Jobs when she first put it up, purely for fun. But, he didn’t responded, After the stir provoked by her first blog, titled”Are you listening, Steve Jobs“, the lady blogger now invited readers to send their photographs of fake Apple stores worldwide and has received responses from place including Costa Rica, Caracas and Vietnam.