According to the International Trademark Association, $460 billion worth of counterfeit goods were bought and sold last year. Not surprisingly, much of it happened online. “The internet makes it easy to hide,” said INTA anti-counterfeiting coordinator Tiffany Pho.
But where online do most fake goods change hands? A new study from Red Points, a brand-protection firm based in Barcelona, Spain, shines a light into this shadowy realm.
Using data generated by its custom-built web crawlers that search for fake merchandise on behalf of its 200 clients, Red Points compiled a Top 10 list of sites where counterfeit goods are most frequently bought and sold. Leading the list is Aliexpress, Chinese etailer Alibaba’s marketplace aimed at international shoppers.
In fact, six of the 10 sites on the list are headquartered in…
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