Searching for a white iPhone 4 on eBay will get you a few results, however, the number of the rare white devices being sold through the auction site is quickly diminishing, as Apple is working hard to have them all pulled.
9to5 Mac has discovered an email sent to an eBay seller of a black-to-white iPhone 4 conversion unit informing them that their listing has been removed due to the item being a “counterfeit product which infringes the trademark owner’s rights.”
You recently listed the following listing: [Redacted listing name and number] Your listing has been removed. 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: – Item(s) is a counterfeit product which infringes the trademark owner’s rights. For more information on why your item was removed, you should:
- Contact Apple, Inc. directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.
- Wait 7 days for Apple, Inc. to reply to you. Although most VeRO participants are willing to respond to polite email, please know that they aren’t obligated to reply.
- If after 7 days you haven’t received a response from Apple, Inc., please contact us by simply replying to this email. The rights owner or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the rights owner, Apple, Inc., notified eBay that this listing violates intellectual property rights. When eBay receives a report of this type of violation, we remove the listing to comply with the law. It’s against the law to sell fake, counterfeit, or pirated products. Your listing was removed because the item in your listing was reported by the rights owner as a fake or counterfeit through eBay’s VeRO Program. Due to this report, please do not attempt to relist, advertise, or offer this item for sale on any eBay site or service around the world.
As 9to5 Mac points out, it’s interesting that Apple are adamant that users won’t get their hands on a white iPhone 4, even if the device is considered to be a counterfeit.
If you were hoping to get your hands on a hard to find iPhone 4 on eBay, then you’d better be quick before they’re even harder to come by.[via 9to5 Mac]