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Over 40% Of Chinese Goods Sold Online Are Counterfeit...take heed

countofmontecristo's Avatar

my note- China is STILL the worst enemy of American (and elsewhere) innovation and manufacturing... period.  Support mfg. made in your OWN country and stop feeding the counterfeit, knockoff cheap garbage made in China.  I have even seen the 'Energizer Bunny' on cheap counterfeit 'Duracell' batteries.  Remember, those are 2 different competing companies. The country you save may be your own.  You have been warned!


Following a recent report documenting the surge in empty malls littering China, many suggested that this is indicative of a shift to online shopping and migration to platforms such as Alibaba. That may well be the case, but unlike in the US where one is assured at least some quality control and has a rational expectation that what was ordered online is what will be delivered, in China the reality is far different.

According to China's official news agency, Xingua, more than 40% of goods sold online in China last year were either counterfeits or of bad quality, illustrating the extent of a problem that has bogged down the fast-growing online sector.

According to the report, which was delivered to China's top lawmakers on Monday, just under 59 percent of items sold online last year were "genuine or of good quality", Xinhua said as cited by Reuters.

China has been trying to shake off a notoriety for pirated and counterfeit goods, long a major headache for global brands targeting the Chinese market from iPhone maker Apple Inc to luxury retailer LVMH. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has been lobbying to stay off a U.S. blacklist for fakes after coming under renewed pressure this year over suspected counterfeits sold on its shopping platforms.

As Reuters adds, the report called for "accelerated legislation in e-commerce, improved supervision and clarification of consumers' rights and sellers' responsibilities". It added these were needed due to the rapid emergence of online sales, which grew 40 percent last year to 2.8 trillion yuan ($441.84 billion).

China wants to boost protection for consumers online, where there is still a lot of uncertainty about how consumers can claim compensation or hold online vendors to account. The report added customer complaints about online orders hit 77,800 last year, a steep jump of 356.6 percent against 2013.

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Twenty years ago, I was working with an automotive supplier that supplied Chrysler/Jeep with products (my first patents) for the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee models. I was shocked to find out that Jeep never registered their trademark in China and the Chinese Government and Army were mass producing exact replicas including badging of the Jeep Cherokee. The average consumer didn't know if they were buying Jeep or the government knock-off. Warranty issues were a nightmare in sorting things out.

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@Mark - looked your patent up on google, and as the current owner of a 98 Jeep Wrangler w/ sound bar, it appears I may be using your invention on a daily basis when I'm cruising around town.  So cool!

Mark Bartlett
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Adam- Good to hear that someone gets some enjoyment out of the product. It was the biggest selling dealer accessory that Jeep offered. Jeep hated us for that, they hate a "not-invented -here" product from outsiders especially when they pay their own people big bucks. They did all they could do to get around the patent and finally succeeded. (By the way I'm a Michigan boy as well till I moved to FL)

Adam W.
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Keep spreading the word.

China has become the proverbial "evil empire"  poisoning the world to turn a quick profit.

The poaching of patented products outside of China is a common business model. How many of us have the money to get a world-wide patent?

That is where companies like EN can step in to protect North American innovation and perhaps use China as an emerging market instead of becoming their victims.

Ralph Machesky
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I don't trust anything to do with China. I wish I could say I'm shocked at 40% of their products being counterfeit, but I'm not.  So stupid that we ever started doing business with them in the first place.  Thanks for posting, Ralph.

Lorenzo D'Alessandro
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