Tiffany: eBay is Rat's Nest for Counterfeiting

Tiffany & Co., the world's second-biggest luxury jeweler, called eBay is a "rat's nest" for counterfeiting and urged a judge to rule that the biggest online auctioneer was liable for infringement. In a legal brief submitted Dec. 7 to U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan, the jeweler assailed eBay; both companies now await his ruling in a trademark infringement trial.

At issue is whether eBay must pay damages for failing to make adequate efforts to block sales of counterfeit silver jewelry. New York-based Tiffany and other retailers claim online sales of counterfeit clothes, bags and jewelry cost them about $30 billion a year. "At some point, eBay had to have realized that counterfeiting was rampant" on its site, lawyers for Tiffany wrote in their brief. "Indeed, it was a proverbial 'rat's nest.'"

EBay said in its brief that it's a "model citizen" in the fight against counterfeiting and that an adverse ruling might "wreak havoc" on some Internet-based businesses. The company has stated that the law places the primary burden to fight counterfeiting on retailers like Tiffany, which has devoted "relatively few resources" to the fight.

News source: SiliconValley.com

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Here we go again. Go cry a river, Tiffany. eBay isn't counterfitting, some of its members are. Next you will sue Internet Service Providers (ISP's) for providing the connectivity that eBay members use to counterfit your product. Then it will be the computer manufacturer who made the computer that the member bought to sell product on eBay. Then it will be the hydro company for providing electricity to power the computer....

Seriously, where does it end? Stop scapegoating your problems on an auction site that has done nothing wrong.

wha? How the heck do they expect ebay to know if its fake or not? If ebay receives complaints about counterfeit items then sure but otherwise this is pretty funny. Its not like they knowingly supply or sell counterfeit goods themselves so its not ebays problem.

Its just not practical for ebay to manually hand inspect each item. Its not like an actual auction where the people running it can do that.

Have you ever tried filing a compliant with ebay against a merchant? They make you jump through so many hoops, that by the time you get a real email address you forget what the hell you were complaining about in the first place. And then when you do finally get through to someone, your concerns are completely ignored. There are plenty of obvious counterfeit merchants selling through Ebay, and Ebay does absolutely nothing about it. It's not only ridiculous, it's down right dangerous. There are Chinese merchants on there that are selling counterfeit cellphone batterys. The counterfeits do not contain the same safety devices that the OEM ones do, hence when something goes wrong they will explode. Yet Ebay does nothing to stop this. All you can do is give the merchant a negative rating, of course you do that and and then your stuck with a bad rating because the merchant is a complete dickass.

OPaul said,
Have you ever tried filing a compliant with ebay against a merchant? They make you jump through so many hoops, that by the time you get a real email address you forget what the hell you were complaining about in the first place. And then when you do finally get through to someone, your concerns are completely ignored. There are plenty of obvious counterfeit merchants selling through Ebay, and Ebay does absolutely nothing about it. It's not only ridiculous, it's down right dangerous. There are Chinese merchants on there that are selling counterfeit cellphone batterys. The counterfeits do not contain the same safety devices that the OEM ones do, hence when something goes wrong they will explode. Yet Ebay does nothing to stop this. All you can do is give the merchant a negative rating, of course you do that and and then your stuck with a bad rating because the merchant is a complete dickass.

I agree, but that is why you don't buy electronics from eBay, especially from powersellers. They are obviously knockoffs of the original product and they are dangerous to use. If you are going to buy electronics, stick with the little guys that sell them, not powersellers.

"The company has stated that the law places the primary burden to fight counterfeiting on retailers like Tiffany, which has devoted "relatively few resources" to the fight."

If this statement is true they just want ebay to do the work for them instead of getting off there lazy butt and doing something about the problem. If you buy a fake report it .

What do they expect them to do? Manually check each and every item? They have things in place if the buyer reports it.