We just posted a blog discussing how the Apple Mac App Store is full of scams. Now comes news that Apple is suing Amazon.com supplier Mobile Star for alleged trademark infringement, revealing that the majority of iPhone and iPad adapters and charging cables labeled as “genuine” and “official” on Amazon are actually fake.
Apple said that its reputation can be tarnished when consumers buy products they think are real, but end up malfunctioning. (Do you think Microsoft might feel the same way about all of the fake Office products we just wrote about on the Mac App Store?)
So Apple recently filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com supplier Mobile Star LLC for alleged trademark infringement, according to PatentlyApple.
They note that “because of Amazon.com’s trusted reputation, consumers were convinced that the fake iPhone chargers were real. And since those products were sold directly ‘by Amazon.com’ using Apple’s product marketing images, it made the products seem even more real.”
A reviewer of one fake power adapter product wrote:
“After just a few hours of use on the very first day, the charger literally caught on fire!!!” said the product buyer. “I’m appalled that the seller and Amazon support selling a product like this.”
The article noted that Apple 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 examination revealed almost 90% of these products are counterfeit,” said Apple in the lawsuit filing.
Mobile Star also reportedly sold some of the counterfeit Apple products through Groupon. Amazon.com is not being targeted by Apple in the lawsuit.
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