Apple Reveals 90% Apple Accessories Sold On Amazon Are Fake
If Amazon or eBay is your go to place for Apple accessories including chargers and cables, you might want to rethink your choice of store. According to a recent infringement case filed by the company against Mobile Star LLC, almost 90% of the accessories being sold on those stores are fake.
Patently Apple reported that:
Apple recently purchased a number of Apple power adapters and charging and syncing cables (collectively “power products”) that were directly sold by Amazon.com – not a third party seller – and determined that they were counterfeit. Amazon.com informed Apple that Mobile Star was its source for the majority of these counterfeit Apple products
This lawsuit is part of a brand protection movement started a few months ago and this is just one of their attempts to stop people from ruining the company name by selling counterfeit and low quality products.
The company purchased over 100 iPhone devices from Amazon in order to test them out and internal examinations revealed that 90% of those products were fakes.
By filing the trademark infringement case against Mobile Star, the iPhone manufacturer is seeking damages of $2 million per product type.
Given the recent fiasco of Galaxy Note 7, it is no surprise that the company would double its efforts to ensure that all the products available in market are up to the highest standard ensuring the company isn’t liable to any future law suits or losses.
Since these counterfeit products are produced in masses, hence their extremely low costs, Apple reminds users that they are not up to the highest industry standards and haven’t undergone any testing.
So not only can these counterfeit products perform inferior to original products but also cause harm and have the potential to overheat, catch fire or deliver deadly electric shock to consumers due to inadequate insulation or design flaws.