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Amazon bans cheap USB-C cables

Question asked by kingfish on Mar 31, 2016
Latest reply on Apr 2, 2016 by black_zion

Amazon has announced it will no longer sell cheap, substandard USB-C cabling.

"The change comes courtesy of an update to the Amazon terms and conditions for item sales, and prohibits “Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.” Companies that attempt to mislabel and sell such products could see their accounts suspended if users complain."

"If you need resources on picking appropriate cabling, users have assembled both a website and a Google Docs spreadsheet to disseminate this information. We highly recommend taking advantage of this resource — bad USB-C cables don’t work (at best) and can cause catastrophic system damage or complete device failure. Some dodgy cables will work on some hardware but not in others, with no information provided to the user on what might be causing the problem. It’s best to avoid the problem altogether. Given that building a compliant cable really isn’t difficult compared to the damage non-compliant designs have been known to cause, the sooner we see this problem stamped out, the better."