We have known that every company or business has its ups and downs as well as goods and bads. Now, we can say this about e-commerce as a business and various e-commerce companies too.
While it is great that we can purchase products right from our mobile or PC and they get delivered to our doorstep, there is a bad part of it as well. Since we can’t see the product for ourselves and we just have to rely on the photos we are provided, there is a chance we will receive a counterfeit product.
The reason being that there is no way to make sure the product is original just from the images. And it is also possible that you get things that are totally different from what you saw while ordering. Now, major e-commerce companies such as Amazon and others are very good when it comes to refunding and replacing those counterfeit products for their customers. However, smaller e-commerce companies don’t have such good replacement policies and people get duped due to this reason.
The US government now feels that enough is enough as they have notified the e-commerce companies of a fine that can be levied from them if they are found to be selling counterfeit products. Basically, counterfeit products are those which are fake but they are not clearly fake. This is to say that they might be a very close replica of the original product which is not recognizable from a distant view. If we look closely, there are clues from which we can notice that it is not original.
However, these differences might not be seen by everyone and this leads to a scam and people losing their money. A WSJ report also claims that the US government also wants China to curb counterfeiters or risk enforcement actions that could trigger new tariffs.