Donald Trump loses 359k on counterfeit MAGA hats on eBay. 51,000 fake hats sold

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on October 24, 2016   News Tags: ,

Donald Trump holds a trademark on many products for the text “Make America Great Again“. The most famous being the red hats.

A search on eBay for the trademark for hats brings up thousands of results. Here we take a look at the first 200 results returned for the keyword “Make America Great Again Hats“.

According to the data, Mr. Trump has lost $359,000 on 51,000 counterfeit hats sold on that platform. Read More

Giorgio and History Channel lose $64,060. Alien related or a fake shirt?

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on August 23, 2016   News Tags: , ,

Facebook somehow knew I watched the new episode on TV last week and decided to show me some advertisements about the show. As you can read here, a report shows that 24% of all Facebook ads lead to counterfeit product. I think the number is higher then that based on our own data. The ad that was shown to me was, you guessed it, a fake shirt. Read More

Sellers take advantage of Coca Cola’s “share a coke” program, list bottles for sale on eBay with names of celebrities and brands

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on April 24, 2016   News Tags: , , ,

Last year Coca Cola launched a program where users can upload a name and Coca Cola will print the name on the bottle and ship it to you for $5. While 99% of those using the program did it to print their name or someone else they knew, a few decided to list names of celebrities and brands and sell them on eBay. Some even tricked users as listing the bottles as “Authentic”, as it was a real coke bottle, but it was not a real bottle authorized by the brand.

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China regulator ironically attacks Alibaba for not doing enough about counterfeits

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on January 30, 2015   News Tags: , , , ,

China, home of the world’s counterfeiting industry has sent a letter to Alibaba accusing the company of not doing enough to fight counterfeits. According to estimates, 8% of China’s GDP is based on counterfeiting. So is it ironic that the regulators are attacking one company, but doing nothing on a nation wide scale. Nike left China years ago because the government would not enforce any intellectual property law.

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Wars are not cheap. Alibaba spends $161 million to fight counterfeit listings. Hires 2,000 workers and 5,400 volunteers

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on January 2, 2015   News Tags: , , ,

We have covered many stories on Alibaba’s and China’s problem with counterfeits. You can check out our post here where we discuss just how much Alibaba’s sales are depended on counterfeits.

As this year ends, the total amount that the company has spent on fighting counterfeit listings has been released. The past two years, starting in January 2013 to the end of November this year, Alibaba has spent a total of $160.7 million and has removed 90 million product listings. I guess they do have a lot of money to spend after raising $25 billion in their IPO back in September.

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Counterfeit Exxon oil being sold in China. I am not surprised

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on July 23, 2014   News Tags: , , ,
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What is not counterfeited these days? Really, I do wonder. I usually do not hear much about fake petroleum. They are not a lot of fakes, as oil is really cheap. If oil trades at $100 a barrel, and  a barrel holds 53 gallons, you can see how cheap a single gallon is.

When I buy oil for my car, I usually open it and start pouring it into my engine. I don’t inspect it, and have really not seen anyone either. If I bought counterfeit oil and put it in my car, it could destroy the engine, and it will  cost me a lot of money and time to remove the fake oil from the car.

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