Counterfeit iPads flood market as scammers emerge

“The success of Apple Inc’s iPad isn’t just drawing more competition to the tablet market. It’s attracting thousands of counterfeit and knockoff products,” Olga Kharif reports for Bloomberg.

“On a single day in July, almost 18,000 fakes and clones resembling the iPad and Android devices were available for sale on 23 e-commerce sites, according to MarkMonitor Inc., a San Francisco-based firm that helps companies protect their brands,” Kharif reports. “The tablets can be illegal — for instance, if they have a bogus Apple logo — and often they don’t work well and have no warranty protection, said Fred Felman, chief marketing officer of MarkMonitor.”

Kharif reports, “The copycat products and suspected counterfeits found in MarkMonitor’s survey were offered by more than 5,000 sellers, many of them located in China.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

11 Comments

      1. China just laughs and laughs:

        Clinton in 1998: ‘The USA hereby offers China Most Favored Nation status!’

        China in 1998: HA HA! We certainly fool them! Time to roll out big scammer army and kick American butt! Rollout Red Hacker Alliance! Open big lending pocket! Throw lead into paint! Pour melamine into milk! Ship fake CPU! Force all retailer buy only from China. Those sucker never know what hit them! 😈

        1. No. Samsung probably just copied the country of origin certificate from some chinese product.

          You have to give them one thing: They really stick with corporate core values.

    1. … seem to feel free to bend the truth to their whims. Ask 3I3c7ro, who wonders when Samsung – a known, and flagrant IP “borrower” – got from Korea to China. As for Android devices being “counterfeits”, not if they are identified as Android devices! Intellectually dishonest, or just plain stupid, which is it?

  1. “The copycat products and suspected counterfeits found in MarkMonitor’s survey were offered by more than 5,000 sellers, many of them located in China.”

    Scammers will scam; Suckers will suck; Especially in commie China.

    “Hello, Apple? I need help with my ‘Apple’ iPad!!!”

    “Certainly! We’d be glad to help you. What is your iPad’s serial number?”

    “Um, it doesn’t have one.”

    *CLICK*

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