back to article Counterfeit crud crooks crossed over to e-commerce during COVID

The combination of digital technology and COVID-19 caused a shift in the world's trade in counterfeit goods, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative's annual Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy. The review – which produces a document delightfully monikered the "Notorious Markets …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bolts, marked up as if they were of a particular standard... And from a previously reliable manufacturer. Then they weren't OK.

    Caused items worth considerable chunks of cash to fall over.

    So what do you do? Test every batch? Gets expensive buying big stuff in bulk.

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Get Amazon

    3 times I've had proof stuff was counterfeit (such as kit looking/behaving exactly as the "is my chip counterfeit?" FAQ on the mfgr's website) and they've told me "go away kid, ya bother me"

    Unfortunately, I didn't think to escalate to the FTC with a complaint.

  3. Cuddles


    "The document details "dupe" influencers who have the trappings of less fake influencers – large social media audiences and a fondness for bling – but who push counterfeit products. The dupes drive plenty of sales for purveyors of fake products ."

    I'm not sure I understand what the difference is supposed to be.

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