A seller of counterfeit goods on eBay has just received a 21 month prison sentence, almost four years after investigations into his “business” began.
Following the arrest in February 2007 police traced up to 30 eBay accounts and PayPal records showing a turnover of £1.1 million across a four-year period. Clothing which if genuine would cost several hundred pounds was sold for as little as £40. The money went to funding a luxury lifestyle with luxury cars and a five bedroom house in an exclusive are of Manchester.
Although the turnover in this case is exceptional, trading on eBay is possibly one of the worst places to sell counterfeit goods. There’s always an electronic record of each transaction and as soon as your eBay or PayPal accounts are examined it’s impossible to hide transactions.
Whilst it’s difficult to condone the sale of knock off goods when they’re touted as being the genuine article, selling them on eBay isn’t just illegal, it’s plain daft as the culprit in this case just discovered.
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