Nobody likes a fake — whether it’s a person, a designer handbag or even a charger, apparently. According to a new report, TONS of Apple gear sold on Amazon is actually not manufactured by Apple, and now the company is taking a stand.
Apple has filed a lawsuit, because according to the Silicon Valley giant, about 90 percent of the “genuine Apple chargers” sold on Amazon are definitely not genuine. And these aren’t just products that pop up from those shady third-party marketplaces. These are the Apple products that Amazon is listing on their own main site. But it’s not all Amazon’s fault. They have said that the main supplier of the charger, a company called Mobile Star, was illegally making chargers with Apple’s trademark. And the worst part is that these chargers could be dangerous. They did not pass safety inspection and had the potential to catch fire or even give an electrical shock to users.
Amazon has issued a statement reading: “Amazon has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site. We work closely with manufacturers and brands, and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.” The fake chargers have since been removed, but if you’re in the market, you should still keep a close eye on prices. Any charger (especially the magnetic laptop one) that is listed well below market value is actually too good to be true.
This post has been updated with Amazon’s statement.
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