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Watch Out for Cheap Counterfeits

The holidays are approaching, and your children have probably already given you a list of things they would love to see under the tree. And, since you are busy, it means you are probably searching Amazon, eBay, and other online portals for good gifts and great bargains. But, buyer beware. Product shortages, shipping bottlenecks, and pandemic profiteers are creating conditions that make it easy to take advantage of consumers. So, this holiday, be extra cautious about clicking "buy" on deals that are too good to be true because counterfeit products are often defective products.

1. Don't Drop Your Guard.

Amazon and eBay do billions of dollars in business a day and have absolutely minimal oversight over sellers and the wares they offer. That brand new Wusthof knife set you know is normally $1000? You are thrilled to see it for $500. But, it is not a factory overstock; it's a cheap knockoff of inferior quality. Scams involving well-known brands are proliferating like mold on Amazon and eBay. If it's too good to be true, it's likely a waste of your money.

2. Check the Seller Carefully.

Whether you are buying from Amazon, eBay, or a retailer's site, make sure to investigate the seller's reputation. What is their track record? What kinds of complaints have been filed, and how has the company responded? What's their return policy? The more you know about the seller, the more confident you will be in your purchase.

3. Check the Product First.

Before gifting the item, take it out of the box and inspect and test it. Whether it is a children's toy or a kitchen appliance, make sure that the item is in good condition and functioning properly before wrapping it up with a bow.

4. Report Counterfeits Immediately.

If you have purchased counterfeit goods, you can report this to law enforcement. The Department of Justice actively pursues copyright and trademark infringement. In the case of Amazon, eBay, or another retailer, you should use their reporting systems to report the seller. And, it's also a courtesy to notify the company directly, so they know that counterfeited copies of their products are circulating.

If counterfeit products or defective products injure you, the team at Welmaker Injury Law can help you determine the best course of action for your claim. We encourage you to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.