Online shoppers beware for most marketplaces online are fully loaded with fake Mac chargers and cables that are so close to the real thing, they even have Amazon fooled! Amazon is indeed one of the largest online marketplaces at present, similar to eBay the site allows merchants to sell their products online. However, there are some merchants selling fake Mac charges and cables and have it labeled as ‘genuine’ since these items seem so much like the original, and Apple has finally had enough.
There is now a trademark infringement case filed against Mobile Star LLC by Apple after Amazon made the accusation that the said manufacturer is supplying the company with imitation Apple accessories.
These products were sold by Amazon directly, not by a third party vendor within Amazon, however, Apple says that there is also an issue with the independent sellers and it is far worse. Apple had this to say:
“Over the last nine months, Apple, as part of its ongoing brand protection efforts, has purchased well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine by sellers on Amazon.com and delivered through Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program. Apple’s internal examination and testing for these products revealed almost 90% of these products are counterfeit.”
As per Apple, these fake accessories can cause harm to their brand’s devices and should be considered dangerous. As a compensation, Apple is demanding that all the fake products produced by Mobile Star to be destroyed and production put to an immediate stop, plus a $2 million per product type they made an imitation for.