Apple Moves to Yank Counterfeit White iPhones from eBay

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Apple's complaints are causing eBay to delist so-called white iPhones being offered on its auction website.

The move was reported by the Mac techsite,, which reproduced the delisting notice from eBay to an unidentified eBay seller. The story also included a screen shot of the original listing, which identified the item as an "Apple iPhone WHITE 16GB (Converted) Bumper & More."

The official eBay notice says "Your item was removed because of a request we received from Apple, Inc., a member of our Verified Rights Owner Program (VeRO), asking us to remove the item for [the following reason]: - Item(s) is a counterfeit product which infringes the trademark owner's rights."

As most of the sentient world knows, Apple is not yet selling the white model of the iPhone, due to unspecified manufacturing challenges by its suppliers. Yet this listing, which takes a black, used iPhone 4 and "converts" it to white (though how isn't specified), had apparently received four bids, the last reaching $560.

Which is a bit mind-boggling. The seller can't be replacing the phone's case. So he, or she, has to be applying some kind of paint or adhesive-backed white covering. You could do that yourself with your own iPhone for a lot less than $560.00; in fact for probably less than $5.60. And if you used a razor and that sticky, white first-aid tape, you create your own bumper at the same time.

What would Herman Melville say? Find out, by reading the 21st century version of "iMoby: the hunt for the great white iPhone."

This story, "Apple Moves to Yank Counterfeit White iPhones from eBay" was originally published by Network World.

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