Sales from counterfeit products support criminal activity, not to mention tax avoidance costing U.S. businesses over $250 billion annually and destroying an estimated 750,000 U.S. jobs. Illegal counterfeiting activity is reportedly more profitable than the international illicit drug trade, difficult to track and widely unpunished says the recent United Nations Report.
The Counterfeit Report is here to help people distinguish what is real and what is not.
Internet sites and online auction sites including Amazon Marketplace and eBay are swamped with real-looking counterfeit or “knock-off” merchandise. Meanwhile, Chinese websites openly and freely advertise bulk counterfeited national brands for sale. These Chinese products often make their way to secondary retailers, swap meets and websites whose sellers often promote them as “genuine” or “100% authentic,” then disappear after the sale.
The Counterfeit Report lets consumers search by product category (say, Fashion Accessories), then look at examples of authentic items side by side fakes. Each gives identifying marks and ways to spot a fake. Consumers are also encouraged to report fakes, and forward information to their friends.