Counterfeiters and black market sellers are working overtime to supply fans of the World Cup Soccer Championship with knock-off jerseys and other memorabilia. Unfortunately for them, U.S. Customs and Border Control are working just as hard or harder to stop the flow of these illegal items from entering the country.
Buying cheap counterfeit goods may seem like a great deal, but do you know the risks? What looks like a way to save money could cost more than you can imagine.
Fake designer apparel is just the tip of the iceberg. More products than ever are now being produced outside of regulatory manufacturing processes and flooding the market through online marketplaces. Electronics, food, and even pharmaceuticals are being unloaded onto unsuspecting consumers at record rates. While some buyers know they’re buying look-a-like goods, others are completely unaware and trust that the name on the product reflects its true origin.
Counterfeiters save money in the manufacturing process by using cheap raw materials and substandard manufacturing methods. They are criminals who have little to no accountability or concern for putting out a good product or building trust with their customers. These outlaws don’t care about the damage their products do to the end users.
Amazon and eBay have become global hot spots for good deals, but if the products are counterfeit, it’s a bad deal for everyone. The two competing websites have been battling it out to get the attention of deal-seeking shoppers for years.
Now that both have established themselves as the top players in e-commerce, the time has come to fight the problem of fake name brand items that fill their sites.