Apple claims that not only are the counterfeit products fake, but also significantly inferior in quality and potentially dangerous. Specifically, the company said that even with normal use, some of the products could overheat, catch fire, and deliver a lethal electric shock, according to a report by Patently Apple. Pretty scary shit, right?
Thankfully, the phony products in question have already been removed from Amazon, but Apple's going a step further an suing the company that manufactured the counterfeits and served as Amazon's supplier, Mobile Star LLC. On top of presenting a potential safety risk to consumers (not to mention the condition of their Apple devices), Apple's lawsuit accuses the company of illegally using its trademark and demands $2 million in damages per product type, an injunction against Mobile Star, and the destruction of the fake Apple products, per the reports.
Of course, paying the full $19 for a new Lightning cable or $79 for a new MagSafe adapter when buying directly from Apple truly sucks, but at least you'll know that you're definitely getting the real thing. Oh, and avoiding deadly electrical discharges is probably a good idea, too.