Date
23 September 2017
A customs officer carries suspected refurbished iPhone 6 smartphones after a raid on a Sin Tat Plaza shop in Mong Kok. Photo: Headline Daily, internet
A customs officer carries suspected refurbished iPhone 6 smartphones after a raid on a Sin Tat Plaza shop in Mong Kok. Photo: Headline Daily, internet

Mong Kok merchants passing off refurbished iPhone 6 as new

Consumers beware.

If the price tag on a new iPhone 6 doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.

In fact, the Apple Inc. best-seller could be second-hand being passed off as new.

Some Mong Kok merchants are offering the smartphone at HK$5,600 (US$722) to HK$6,000, lower the standard retail price, Headline Daily reports.

Customs officers and an Apple Inc. representative raided a shop in Sin Tat Plaza and found six suspected refurbished iPhone 6 smartphones.

The officers seized the merchandise, pending further investigation.

The raid followed a complaint from a customer who said he suspected his iPhone 6 was second-hand after using it for a while.

The complaint was referred to the Customs and Excise Department. 

The shop owner could be liable for violation of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

“It’s hard to distinguish a new phone from a refurbished one. Even industry insiders are deceived sometimes,” Yiu Chun, owner of retailer i Generation in Sin Tat Plaza, was quoted as saying.

Yiu said every iPhone has a distinct identification number which consumers can check.

Also, they can look up the registration number on Apple’s official website, he said.

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