The popularity of Apple’s iPad means the device has attracted counterfeiters as well as fans, reports Bloomberg.
Knockoff iPads may flood e-commerce sites as the holidays approach, and as shoppers still struggling with a tough economy search for bargains, the story points out.
Almost 18,000 fakes and clones resembling iPads and Android devices were available for sale on 23 e-commerce sites on one day in July, the article notes, citing a report from MarkMonitor, a firm that helps clients protect their brands.
The knockoffs often don’t work well and have no warranty protection, the story points out, warning that shoppers should only buy from retail sites they know and trust. A surprisingly low price is another warning sign, the piece notes.
Higher prices, though, might mean a site is selling "gray-market goods," or tablets that haven’t been authorized for sale in a particular country, the story adds.