Although we still have more than a month to go before Christmas, the holiday shopping season is already in full effect in the United States. While shopping online might seem like an excellent way of avoiding the crowds and finding excellent deals, an investigative report has uncovered that things are not always what they appear to be.
According to The Counterfeit Report, eBay - which is usually an excellent place to find deals and has a wealth of rules and regulations that are aimed at protecting buyers and sellers - has been turning a blind eye to dealers that are selling counterfeit goods. The report claims that eBay went as far as deleting traces of negative exposure to counterfeit goods and its sellers.
While sometimes it might seem logical to try and find deals on small items like chargers, purchasing counterfeit goods could also come with severe safety risks. In the past, counterfeit Apple chargers have been known to cause serious accidents leading to death.
It's uncertain how eBay will react in light of the new report, but there is still plenty that can be done to ensure that we aren't being duped when purchasing goods online.
For starters, make sure that you have conducted plenty of research and are making an educated purchase. Knowing more about the product will allow you to discern whether what you are purchasing is genuine. But, if you want to be absolutely sure, sometimes paying a little more and buying from an authorized dealer might be the best option when it comes to safety, price, and peace of mind.
Source: The Counterfeit Report