Apple: Many 'genuine' Apple products on Amazon are fake

"Consumers, relying on Amazon.com's reputation, have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased from Amazon.com are anything but genuine", the lawsuit says.

According to the filed documents, Apple is stating that they have made numerous counterfeit chargers with their brand name and for specific devices, which were marketed as genuine products on various sites, most notably on the USA version of Amazon.

Apple said the products constitute a threat to consumer safety because they have the potential "to overheat, catch fire, and
deliver a deadly electric shock".

The company recently purchased a number of Apple power adapters, charging and syncing cables from the site and found them to be counterfeits despite Amazon delivering these products through its "Fulfillment by Amazon" programme. Apple says it bought more than 100 items from Amazon.com - the USA version of the site - and found that 90% of them were not original products, but were advertised as such.

Mobile Star's distribution of counterfeit Apple products is ongoing and extends beyond Amazon.com as shown by Apple's purchase of 10 counterfeit Apple products directly from Groupon in December 2015.

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Apple chargers on Amazon are reportedly fake.

Buying an Apple charger on Amazon? As a result, consumers will erroneously come to think that Apple's products are of inferior quality and lose trust in the Apple brand, damaging the enormous goodwill associated with the Apple trademarks. Apple has requested the court immediately issue an injunction against the sale of the products, make Mobile Star hand over all allegedly counterfeit goods, and award Apple damages. The fact that the iPhone maker claims that almost 90% of the adapters and chargers sold on the platform are fake should continue to raise concerns about similar products on the platform.

The Cupertino titan has demanded that all knockoffs produced by Mobile Star be discontinued and destroyed; it's also seeking a compensation of $2 million per product type from the manufacturer.

Apple said letters sent to Mobile Star in June initially went unanswered, but when the vendor did respond, it claimed it had bought the goods from "reputable suppliers", then refused to divulge any additional information. "Fake Apple products continue to flood Amazon.com", the tech giant said. What's worse, customers are buying products on Amazon thinking their accessories are the real thing. Checking Amazon product reviews could be a great help to be knowledgeable about the product's customer feedback.


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