The fake iPhone manufacturing business received a heavy blow a few months ago as the Beijing Police raided a factory that was used to produce thousands of these counterfeit gadgets. The police found more than 41,000 fake iPhones in the factory as well as 66,000 fake ribbon cables, both items totaling in at a value of £12.4 million.
The raid took place in May and was focused on six production lines concealed in an industrial zone on the northern outskirts of Beijing. Nine suspects were detained as a result, but the most important ones are a 43-year-old man named Yu and a 40-year-old woman named Xie, who created a thriving business by purchasing used smartphone mainboards from overseas as well as fake parts stamped with the Apple Logo. They used a team composed of hundreds of workers to assemble the fake iPhones and export them. Speaking of which, it is yet unclear how many of these phones were exported, but it’s probably safe to assume that the number is quite high.
The offer for fake iPhones, iPads and other Apple products is considerable, as there are plenty of online shops out there that offer these products on the cheap. Back in April, counterfeit Apple watches sold very well in China, probably because these versions were a lot cheaper and could work without being paired to a smartphone.
Would you knowingly purchase a fake Apple product?
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