An American blogger who lives in Kunming in southern Yunnan province said Thursday that she stumbled on three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores a few days ago.
She says the employees told her they worked for Apple. She posted photos online showing the employees wearing blue Apple T-shirts.
Apple has four company stores in China as well as various authorized resellers, who are not allowed to be Apple replicas.
The manager of one authorized seller in Kunming, who gave only his surname Zhang, says some staff in the fake stores "can't even operate computers properly."
Apple's Asia office based in Beijing would not comment.