Most times when our Apple chargers have issues we turn to Amazon for a replacement, why? because we need a store we can trust. This might not be the best practice because recently, Apple looked into the chargers sold on Amazon and discovered that some of it’s iPhone chargers sold, claiming to be genuine are counterfeit products and these chargers in question were sold by Amazon directly.
According to report Apple has filed a trademark infringement case against Mobile Star LLC, which Amazon named as the primary supplier of the fake products. Not only that Mobile Star LLC were using the Apple name illegally, the chargers sold haven’t passed the correct safety tests. This is likely to cause failures to the device and a damage to the brand. This could be a great issue for Apple, especially with the ongoing challenge its competitor, Samsung faces.
Counterfeit power products, such as those supplied by Mobile Star, pose an immediate threat to consumer safety because, unlike genuine Apple products, they are not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and are poorly constructed with inferior or missing components, flawed design, and inadequate electrical insulation. These counterfeits have the potential to overheat, catch fire, and deliver a deadly electric shock to consumers while in normal use.
Apple is seeks an injunction against Mobile Star for selling fake products, destruction of all counterfeit items and damages of $2M per product type. According to Amazon, the company ‘has a zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site. We work closely with manufacturers and brands, and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.’
Until Amazon can figure out how to identify and remove fake iPhone chargers, to purchase a genuine one all purchases should be directed to Apple Store itself.
Amazon is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest internet based retailer in the US, which started as an online bookstore and diversified to sales of DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, software, video games, toys and so much more. They produce consumer electronics like Fire tablets, Fire TV, Fire phones, Amazon kindle e-book reader and it is the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure service (laaS).
Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. It was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977, and was renamed as Apple Inc. The American multinational technology company designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. Its hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. That run Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007.