Fake USB Type-C Cables
Amazon has updated its list of prohibited listings to show that it will no longer sell USB Type-C cables that aren’t compliant with standard specifications.
Here’s the exact line added by the online retailer:

Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.

The change was spotted by Google’s Benson Leung, who has examined USB Type-C cables for some time now. If you recall, he’s the same guy who last year reported about OnePlus’ USB Type-C accessories being out of spec.


  • Make sure that your USB-C cable has a USB certification mark.
  • Check to make sure that the product packaging has a USB certification emblem on it.
  • Make sure that the Belkin another certified manufacturer user) logo is straight and not blurred or crooked on the cable and/or the product packaging.
  • If it seems like too good of a deal, it probably is. Be suspicious of massive discounts on what may seem to be Belkin USB-C (AKA USB Type-C) cables on online retail sites other than Belkin.com.
  • If the packaging has spelling errors, is damaged, or seems incomplete in any way, it is probably a fake.
  • To make sure you are getting a certified genuine Belkin quality USB-C cable, make sure to look for the Belkin logo, and USB certification icons. Remember, when you buy directly from Belkin you’ll have the assurance of knowing that you’re getting 100% certified Belkin products.


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