Have you ever bought an Apple cable or charger from Amazon? If so, it might be fake. According to Apple, Amazon was selling counterfeit Apple cables and chargers.
The reports says that those cables were directly sold by Amazon.com although internet retailer’s supply was a company named Mobile Star.
Apple said that after testing a number of lightning cables from Amazon, they found out 90 percent of the tested cables were fake. But the problem is that all of those fake ones were advertised as genuine Apple products.
Patently Apple says,
“Consumers, relying on Amazon.com’s reputation, have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased from Amazon.com are anything but genuine. This is particularly true where, as here, the products are sold directly “by Amazon.com” as genuine Apple products using Apple’s own product marketing images. Consumers are likewise unaware that the counterfeit Apple products that Amazon.com sourced from Mobile Star have not been safety certified or properly constructed, lack adequate insulation and/or have inadequate spacing between low voltage and high voltage circuits, and pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock.”
The fiasco is not only an example of trademark infringement, but also an act that puts the users live in danger. As noted by PatentlyApple, those fake cables have not been safety certified. This means they can easily catch fire. Furthermore, there are actually some users whose cables caught fire as a result of overheating.
As you can see, there is no guarantee with the products that you buy even from big retailers such us Amazon. The most secure way is to buy those accessories directly from Apple.
Source | Patently Apple