Apple Accuses Amazon of Selling Masses of Fake Accessories

By Gary Cutlack on at

Apple is suing notable Amazon supplier Mobile Star in the US, after buying more than 100 "Apple" accessories through Amazon -- and finding that 90 per cent of them were fake.

According to Patently Apple, Apple has stopped short of specifically attacking Amazon and is instead blaming its supplier Mobile Star for the flood of fake chargers, although the fact that Amazon uses Mobile Star as a supplier and passes them on directly from its own warehouses means it's really quite the embarrassment for the retail giant.

Apple's case explains: "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."

The fact that some of these non-genuine accessories don't work very well are damaging to the holy Apple brand, Apple says, therefore it would like lots of millions of dollars in compensation from Mobile Star -- and people to pay top dollar for genuine items from the Apple Stores of the world instead of using online marketplaces. [Patently Apple]