Cant identify if cable is fake

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by patriotaki, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. patriotaki macrumors member

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    http://www.ebay.de/itm/222288796503?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    i bought this one
    all comments are positive

    and according to this website
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204566

    the only flaw in the cable is the lightning port the USB port and cabel with Serial number look ok.. i am comparing it to the original cable that came with the iphone and the texture on the original one is a bit different more glossy and slippery

    also the gold pieces in the lighting are not that rounded

    should i use the cable?
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    Left from ebay right original
     

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  2. Gav2k, Jan 18, 2017
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    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Looks fake but given it's advertised as genuine you can make a claim with eBay
     
  3. patriotaki thread starter macrumors member

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    is it possible via internet no apple store in my country..

    serial number and usb look the same with my original only the lightning is different

    should i use it?

    can apple send me new one if i make a claim?
     
  4. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    It's definitely fake.

    You bought it from eBay so Apple has nothing to do with it.

    Just return it via eBay.
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Apologies that's should say eBay not Apple
     
  6. patriotaki thread starter macrumors member

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    since the package was shipped to my father in germany and he shipped it to me to greece
    its difficult to send it back..should i be okay if i use it rarely?
     
  7. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    To be totally honest with you, with the seller being such high volume, they will probably refund you without asking you to send it back - as it is they who incur the postage cost.

    The seller knows full well that they are fake but that 90% of people won't notice. So they'll just refund the 10% of people who do notice and factor that into their costs. Highly unscrupulous.

    I personally would not use the cable, however if it works (i.e. is not rejected by iOS) then it is probably safe.
     
  8. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    I don't like the contacts on the eBay cable, look off
    If you don't mind (sure you didn't pay too much for it) then cut the cable open and look at the chips

    Obviously this would break the cable, so make sure you're fine with wasting it
     
  9. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Absolutely no doubt that it's fake, the contacts are a dead giveaway.

    Not surprisingly a great deal of the Apple accessories claiming to be genuine on eBay and even Amazon are fakes.

    These cheap Chinese rip-offs are always getting better at impersonating the genuine article but there's always going to be something that gives them away, costs have to be cut somewhere after all for them to make and sell them as cheap as they do.

    Personally I wouldn't use it, the risk is small but even a small risk just isn't worth risking an expensive piece of hardware for the sake of saving a couple of bucks on a cable.

    Usually the rule of thumb is of course, if something looks too good to be true, it usually is. But worse these days are some of the sellers are fobbing these cheap knockoffs onto people and charging close to Apple prices to give the illusion of being genuine.

    Most people don't bother checking them and just assume they are the genuine article, which is why you don't always see complaints in the reviews and comments.

    As mentioned, contact the seller, they know full well what they're doing and will likely just refund you to avoid the hassle and bad feedback.
     
  10. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    Fake, absolutely definitely.

    I bought a 2m cable from one company once claiming was genuine, and on any visual inspection I could not see a single thing that flagged it as obviously fake.

    The two giveaways were 1) it failed to charge an ipad properly ( eventually stopped charging ) 2) the cable was same thickness as apples 1m cables, after eventually getting another ( actually genuine ) 2m cable, they use a heavier guage thicker wire.

    Company refused to admit they sold a fake, but did take it back.
     

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