GAO warns about counterfeit goods purchased from Amazon, Walmart and eBay.

Federal agents advise that counterfeit goods are being sold online through some of the major e-commerce sites, like Amazon, Walmart and eBay.

Name brands like Michael Kors, Yeti, and Urban Decay cosmetics,  have been purchased from online sites and found to be counterfeit.

Investigators bought 47 products from Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Sears Marketplace and Newegg. Of those products, 20 were fakes, the Government Accountability Office said.

The products include everything from handbags, to makeup,  and phone chargers.

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U.S. Law Can’t protect you From Dangerous Counterfeits on Amazon And eBay; Forbes Article: Christmas Shoppers Beware

China is the source of 86% of the world’s counterfeits. Chinese sellers make up 25% of Amazon’s U.S. market place, according to the Forbes article.

In 2015, Amazon won a lawsuit that removed them from legal liability for what third party vendors sold on their site, and this decision — perhaps not coincidentally — coincided with a big push to get more Chinese vendors selling to people in the U.S. — including the creating of a special maritime agreement which allows Chinese merchants to ship full container loads of products straight to Amazon’s U.S. warehouses.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/12/08/christmas-shoppers-beware-u-s-law-cant-protect-you-from-dangerous-counterfeits-on-amazon-and-ebay/#7dd6750c52dd

 

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
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