“Apple has complained of a “flood” of counterfeit goods masquerading as its products being sold on Amazon.com,” BBC News reports. “The claim relates to items sold via Amazon’s “fulfilment” scheme, whereby third parties list their goods on the retail giant’s site, store their inventory in its warehouses and rely on it for deliveries.”
“Apple warns the alleged fakes are potentially life-threatening. But it is suing one of the vendors rather than Amazon itself,” The Beeb reports. “The defendant, New York-based Mobile Star LLC, could not be reached for comment and has yet to file its own legal paperwork.”
“Amazon says it takes such matters seriously. ‘Amazon has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site,’ a spokeswoman told the BBC. ‘We work closely with manufacturers and brands and pursue wrongdoers aggressively,'” The Beeb reports. “Apple said it had bought ‘well over’ 100 iPhone devices, own-brand power adapters and charging cables, and had found almost 90% of them were fakes.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It’s a good thing that Apple has finally brought this action. Do not use fake chargers and cables that are not genuine Apple MFi Certified products. Amazon and Apple should work together to require sellers to prove their parts are genuine, especially in products that carry power and could cause injury and/or property damage as well as damage Apple’s brand.
Again, spend the extra $10 for real, Apple-certified chargers and cables (this doesn’t necessary mean Apple-branded; there are genuine MFi Certified products by other brands for sale on Amazon – Belkin, for one of many examples). The risk isn’t worth it. If a charger block is listed as “genuine,” but costs $1.99, it likely isn’t kosher.