Even before Apple will introduce iPhone 5, a Chinese website is already selling the product. The website even invites people to wholesale the product.
iPhone 5 For Wholesale
CNET identifies www.ec21.com, the website that markets the non-existent iPhone 5 and other Apple products. According to the website, it offers “all kinds of original and unlocked mobile phone with low price, fast shipment!”
The website even has a contact email address for transactions: “goldenclothing at hotmail.com”. Buyers can inquire about the FOB prices for minimum order, delivery time, reference customers, certification met and country or origin.
Posts on the website say that the “iPhone 5” is available on October 15 for shipment. Pricing is at “$875ea” and “$975eac”. It is noted that the announcement was published on “2011/11/02”.
The website claims to be selling the “unlocked US version”.
For iPhone 5 accessories, silicone cases are available also. The cases are at “USD 0.75/PCS”. As described on the website, the silicone casings are made of high quality and durable material, anti-static and anti-slip.
At the right side of the website reads “EC21 is the largest global B2B marketplace. Global iPhone 5 buyers find suppliers here every day. If you are a manufacturer or supplier who want more international buyers, join EC21 for free now, and get your products listed here”.
Experts Warn Buyers
According to the CNET report, many of these fake products make their way into the US market through online marketplaces like eBay and Craiglist.
Robert Auray, CEO and GENCO Marketplace, told CNET that counterfeit devices are a very big problem in the secondary market. He said one of the things they do in his company, which provides wholesale merchandising, is to control where the products are sold and to enforce protection for the customers who buy from them.
Moreover, a report from Agence France Presse declares that www.ec21.com is not the only website that sells non-existent iPhone 5. On the report, it is identified that another Chinese online marketplace”www.taobao.com” sells non-existent iPhone 5. The report specifies that shoppers can have iPhone 5 for as low as $31 at that website which is in Chinese texts.
The CNET report also adds that some stores rename the original spelling of iPhone to “HiPhone 5” or “iiPhone 5” to avoid accusations, plus logos that are almost identical to the authentic one.
It is said that up to 10 percent of technology products worldwide, or roughly $100 billion worth of technology products sales annually are for counterfeit or fake products.
With the scam, experts are warning shoppers against these websites that offer non-existent iPhone 5. Some also say that the best way to avoid the scams is to buy only at legitimate Apple stores.
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