If you’re looking for a new charger or cable, you may find fewer brands on Amazon than you’d expect – because at least six of them have mysteriously disappeared. The Giant retailer last month confirmed confirmed that it had removed Aukey, Mpow, RavPower, Vava, and TaoTronics, but now a sixth device maker has similarly disappeared in a cloud of smoke: Choetech, a company perhaps best known for low-cost wireless charging pads. (A few edge Employees have them just sitting around.)
Amazon doesn’t talk this time, but the modus operandi is the same: when you visit Choetech’s seller page on Amazon, you see the same tell-tale empty cardboard boxes that used to house the company’s products. Instead, just look for Choetech surface products from other sellers (via xda developer). As far as I can tell, the store was removed a few days ago, with reports on social media of its disappearance dating back to July 3rd.
It’s not hard to imagine why this might have happened. Amazon is in the middle of a crackdown on fake five-star reviews and some gadget sellers been caught red-handed try to pay customers to increase their score. (Amazon Prohibited incentivized reviews in 2016.) When we asked about Choetech, Amazon just pointed it out to us on his blog post from June 16 that discusses the new crackdown.
Choetech, also known as Shenzhen Dak Technology, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
We also haven’t received a comment from any of the previous gadget brands that Amazon has confirmed removal – but it appears some of them are trying to evade the ban with slightly different seller names. While Aukey and Mpow no longer have a direct presence on Amazon, you can still find one some of Aukey’s wireless earbuds there under the brand “Key Series” and Amazon is currently also selling the “xMpow MFly”“Which appears to be an Mpow product.
If you get any inserts in your Amazon parcels, suspicious or not, electronics or not, can you send me pictures at email@example.com? I am collecting them for a future story.