iPhone confiscated for sale without charge

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It is illegal to sell an iPhone without charging the buyer for it. Doing so is considered theft and could result in criminal charges. If you are caught selling an iPhone without charging for it, you could face serious legal consequences.

Several Apple authorized stores in Brazil have had hundreds of iPhones confiscated due to the sale of devices without chargers. The consumer protection agency in Brazil has been seizing Apple phones since November 11.

The affected models range from iPhone 12 to iPhone 14, as well as the new iPhone 11 box version without a charger. Many Apple authorized stores in the capital city of Brasilia, such as Claro, Vivo, Fast Shop, and iPlaces have been affected, with hundreds of devices confiscated.

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice banned the sale of iPhones without chargers, but Apple did not comply, leading to this action. As a result, the Senacon Consumer Secretariat has launched an iPhone collection campaign to force Apple to comply with local laws.

In September, Brazil’s regulatory agency banned the sale of iPhones and revoked the trademark registration for models from iPhone 12 onwards, citing Apple’s practice of selling unfinished products without chargers. Apple confirmed it would appeal this decision. However, just three days after having their devices seized, Apple Brazil submitted an application to the government requesting permission to continue selling the products until a final decision was made. By November 22, these products were back on the market.

A judge, quoted by Brazilian site MacMagazine, criticized Senacon for violating principles of legality and objectivity in decision-making regarding Apple products, especially when other devices on the market also did not have chargers. In response to the earlier ban, Apple defended its decision to eliminate boxed chargers as a move to reduce carbon emissions, noting that billions of USB-A power adapters were already in use worldwide. Apple claimed that this decision would reduce carbon emissions by more than two million tons, equivalent to taking 500,000 cars off the road every year.

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Although Apple was confident in its appeal, according to 9to5mac, it also took steps to ease tensions with Brazil by keeping the USB-C cable in the new Apple TV 4K model, which was removed from other versions sold in other markets. However, the Brazilian version still comes with the accessory.

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