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Alibaba disputes claim it tolerates fake goods

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has defended itself against claims it tolerates the sale of fake goods on its Taobao platform.

The US clothing trade body American Apparel and Footwear Association has urged US trade officials to address Alibaba about Taobao, which it called “one of the biggest platforms for counterfeit goods worldwide”.

The Taobao platform connects mainly individual Chinese buyers and sellers.

Alibaba said it had been working with the AAFA since 2012 on ways to address the issue, including conducting random checks, using data-mining technology and offering an online complaint forum.

But the AAFA said the implementation has been “sluggish”, the Wall Street Journal reported. It said: “The slow pace has convinced us that Alibaba is either not capable of or interested in addressing this problem.”

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  • They use our pictures to sell really poor quality replicas of our product and they have sold thousands of units (you can see the volumes in the listings) and now those copies are all over Ebay worldwide. Not a thing we can do about it apart from put key words into our website to try to prevent it showing up in China. If China can get away with copying a BMW and BMW lost the case, then there is zero hope for smaller brands of preventing this. Maybe one day the whole world will be wearing the same clothing from Ali Express..a new working of the Mao suit and as they run out of things to copy, just one product will end up being on there as it eventually killed off everything else.

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