9 out of 10 iPhone accessories sold on Amazon are fake, Apple warns and sues

9 out of 10 iPhone accessories sold on Amazon are fake, Apple warns and sues
Apple is going to war with the worrying number of online sellers of counterfeit accessories. The company claims that almost nine out of ten Apple-branded oroducts sold on Amazon are fake. They are sourced by Mobile Stsr LLC and 50 other sellers that deliver ilegitimate adapters, cables, and other types of products that may be dangerous for use.

According to Apple, which demands up to $150,000 per copyright violation and a hefty $2 million per trademark infringement, said products have the potential to overheat, catch fire, or deliver an electric shock. Examination has revealed that some lack adequate insulation and have insufficient spacing between low voltage and high voltage circuits, leading to the aforementioned risks.

On Amazon, these products are marked as sold by Apple and are described with photos of real Apple accessories, but in reality, they may be sourced from Mobile Star and other companies, instead of being genuine Apple accesories. This makes the counterfeit items difficult to distinguish.

Apple hasn't issued a statement for the lawsuit, but writes the following in its pages: 


For the time being, it may be best not to buy Apple accessories from Amazon. Rather, get them from the company's official web and offline stores and have peace of mind.

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21 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Only apple accessory I've ever bought on amazon was a MacBook charger years ago after my dog decided to eat mine. Never had any issues.

4. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I hope you didn't need that as an excuse to tell your boss or teacher.

7. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Done with college at the time lol

2. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Sue them apple, and on other hand howcome you dont make 10ft cable?

15. Unordinary unregistered

I have a 9 meter cable from them

18. matistight

Posts: 982; Member since: May 13, 2009

Link?

19. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

9 meter? Like, 30 feet?

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7254; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, like 9 metres; learn some mofo SI measures.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I have bought several Anker cables as well as a dual USB wall outlet brick via Amazon. No problems.

5. Deelron

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Me too (very happy with my 2 and 4 port Anker chargers), but that's not the issue, when you buy Anker you know you're getting Anker (with the benefits, support and drawbacks thereof. When you buy one of these you're expecting Apple and getting ????.

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

selling as a third party product isn't the issue here, the issue is sellers are creating listings for items and trying to claim they are first party products made by apple but they not.

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The issue isn't with 3rd-party companies making cables and chargers (most are far superior to stock cords anyway), the issue is with sellers claiming that they're selling legit Apple-branded cables and chargers when they aren't.

6. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Coming from Apple that has boxed up inferior cables that break after just months of use, I'll take my chances with third party quality controls if Apple won't keep up quality themselves.

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Seems a bit of a slow reaction....

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm with Apple on this one.

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The official Apple cables only offer superior reliability but in many cases inferior durability compared to cheap knockoffs.

16. Unordinary unregistered

Anker and Aukey are the way to go yo

11. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Some non-branded Lighting cables which I use, last longer than the original cable.

13. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

this isn't about non-branded apple cables, this is about product listings trying to claim it's the legit thing but it's not. amazon has a big fake problem and i wish they would fix it.

12. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

amazon has a fake problem and this is with almost every type of product on their site, it's quite annoying actually. I am all for third party stuff but not when a listing tries to label itself as the real thing and gets away with it when it's not

22. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Amazon is a zoo of fake stuff...and unvetted products...they just want your Prime Membership to get the fake stuff to you in two days....

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