Steps to reduce counterfeit items on eBay start to take effect

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eBay have made no official announcement regarding the steps they are taking to remove counterfeit goods from their site. They do however appear to be making moves to implement the unannounced program.

On the Community Question and Answer Board there are signs that suspect auctions are being removed. ‘Trade mark misuse’ was the reason given for the auction being ended.

Earlier today Tamebay browsed 1064 Louis Vuitton auctions to discover that almost all were listed by UK sellers. With some from Europe and a couple from the US there were only two from the far east, one with a picture of the receipt displayed on the listing and another with a promise to go to an official Louis Vuitton outlet to confirm authenticity prior to payment. The only other items were dust bags and a Louis Vuitton catalogue.

Browsing 1213 Christian Dior items in the clothes, shoes & accessories category reveals a similar story, just one bag from the far east from a seller of Christian Dior cosmetics.

Where have all the Chinese sellers gone from It looks like the policy is being implemented! eBay probably have a number of reasons for not officially announcing it such as not informing sellers how to get around the safeguards and of course with court cases in Europe and the US not wanting to prejudice their defence.


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