According to People’s Daily Online Apple China is being sued for allegedly selling used iPhone’s as “new” to customers in Beijing. The report states that six customers have complained while two of the customers actually filed lawsuits against the richest company in the world.
The customers figured this out when their manufacturer warranty was less than the normal. One of the six customers even went back to the store and confronted the staff about the situation, all the staff did was modify her warranty date and tried to send her on her way.
Lead by well-known consumer rights advocate Wang Hai, two customers have filed formal complaints against Apple in a Beijing court. The suits both allege that Apple Store locations sold refurbished iPhones to the complainants under the guise that they were new devices. Only when the customers discovered that their manufacturer warranties expired less than one year from their respective dates of purchase did they realize something was awry. To make matters worse, Wang says that when one such customer went back to the Apple Store to confront them, the staff there allegedly tried to trick her by modifying her warranty expiration date. ”It’s cheating to sell refurbished products as new ones,” Wang told Global Times in an interview. “It’ll be discrimination against Chinese consumers if the case turns out to be true as refurbished cellphones are also sold in other countries, but at a cheaper price.” Four other consumers in Beijing have come forward to claim they were duped into purchasing refurbished iPhones as new, however no additional lawsuits have been filed at this time.