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My white MacBook's battery has completely died, so I'm looking for a replacement.

It costs $150 from Apple, or about $70 for allegedly genuine Apple batteries on eBay:

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I'm leaning toward this cheaper eBay option, but when I receive the battery:

How can I confirm if it is a genuine Apple product?

I am concerned with fire safety and so on.


Update: I bought the cheap eBay battery mentioned above, and it was an obvious fake.

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Who is the manufacturer? that could tell you more about the quality. FYI: the premium stores have to charge premium prices to pay for they premium status. (but they get they battery from same manufacturer as you) hehe –  user44516 Mar 17 '13 at 15:57
    
@Borderline, it should be Apple... that's the whole question –  Baumr Mar 17 '13 at 17:49
    
Even if the picture on Ebay is genuine, the battery you will finally get may be faked. –  patrix Mar 17 '13 at 19:48
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I believe that in System Profiler/System Information, you can click Power and see the manufacturer for the battery from there. My MacBook Pro (with a non-removable battery) has an SMP battery, but I believe older MacBook batteries use DP. If the manufacturer of the battery is not one of these manufacturers, then it's probably a fake. –  Faiz Saleem Mar 17 '13 at 22:07
    
Since my previous answer was deleted?, let me be more clear. That picture you are showing, shows a real Apple product. If you still have doubts, call Ebay to verify. It is they obligation to do so. I could help you further if you disclose the seller from ebay. –  Jadav Mar 18 '13 at 0:46
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You can't be sure unless you buy it from a Premium Reseller or an Official Apple Store. The difference in price makes me think that this is one of the many fake ones around.

My golden rule on this: If it looks to good to be true, it most likely is.

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At those premium resellers, you also pay a premium price... haha! Can I go to an Apple store to verify if it's real or not? –  Baumr Mar 17 '13 at 14:54
    
I don't know why this was downvoted, they are right. eBay is known to sell knockoffs. At less than 50% off the original price, I'd wager that they aren't legitimate batteries, won't carry a one year warranty, or have the same charge capacity as ones sold by Apple. –  cksum Mar 17 '13 at 17:43
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Yes it does provide an answer; the best answer actually: you can't. You cannot verify if it's a true battery made by Apple unless you have it in your hands. And even then, it may not be within an Apple employees means to do so (they don't tend to have access to serial number databases). Then there is the question of whether you will actually receive the product pictured in the ad. Like I said, I seriously doubt you will receive an authentic Apple battery for 60% less than retail. –  cksum Mar 17 '13 at 19:26
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@Baumr call Apple and ask them if they can verify the authenticity of a battery by the serial/firmware number. That's your best bet. Something tells me they won't be able to, but let us know if they can. –  cksum Mar 18 '13 at 4:25
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It would be more efficient if coments are based on facts, not opinions, Fact is that the buyer and seller are protected by ebay T&C. Fact is if you pay by PayPall you get additional protection. With that said, yes, there are many crocks in the world, but usually they are not so stupid to tray to sell fake products on ebay. Fact is that seller has a decent reputation on ebay. Golden Rule or not, this is clean business. –  user44516 Mar 18 '13 at 19:28
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