Apple Inc. found in its investigation that 90% of its power accessories sold on Amazon are fake even though they are listed in as ‘genuine.’ So, this raises a question – How to protect yourself from fake Apple accessories? A report from ZDNet has come up with an answer for this.
Tips to avoid buying a fake Apple accessory
If you are going for cables and dongles, then Apple – on its support page – has information on the markings to look for, and also details the differences between a fake and a genuine product. This information comes in very handy, but when buying online its of no use as you can’t see the product until it has been delivered. After delivery, if you found that the product is fake, then you are required to claim a refund, and return the product – a waste of time.
And, if you are buying chargers, it even more difficult to recognize a fake, as there are no guidelines from the firm, says ZDNet report. So, following are the suggestion that could help you get a genuine Apple product.
Buy the Apple-branded accessories directly from the company or from a reliable authorized Apple dealer. Even though Amazon is an authorized Apple reseller, “it’s all too easy to be viewing products that are listed by third-party sellers,” says ZNet. Next advice is “Forget eBay.” According to ZDNet, using “genuine” word “is usually a dead giveaway for a fake product.”
And, if you don’t want to stress over buying a genuine Apple Inc. product, then you should locate a decent third-party product. So, if you want cables, you can go for a Monoprice or Amazon Basics. In case of chargers, companies like as Griffin, Kensington, or Anker offer good third-party options.
For iPhones and regular iPads, even Amazon’s 9W PowerFast charger for the Kindle tablets is also a good choice, notes ZDNet. However, for the MacBook, it is advised to stick with genuine Apple hardware. A wise scanning of the product before buying can also help you locate a fake product. You must read the reviews thoroughly, it will help you get some idea if it’s a fake product.
Fake products – a huge health risk
These fake products presents a huge health risk to the users, and pose a “significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock,” says Apple Inc. . In 2013, a 23-old Chinese woman was killed after she answered a call on her iPhone 5. There are a number of incidents, where iPhone and iPad users got shock (literally). Apple has always cautioned the users against cheap, third-party chargers, and even initiated a campaign providing genuine charging accessories in exchange of poorly made chargers and cables.
So, please do replace your charger and other accessories, if you are using a cheap counterfeit one, with atleast with a decent third-party substitute.