Counterfeit goods are being sold online
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS 12) —
The government is warning consumers about shopping online.
Kay Marie learned the hard way about the pitfalls of online shopping.
“I actually ordered a Michael Kors purse on Amazon. I love Michael Kors and I knew this is not real. The texture was different. Pretty much everything was different about it,” said Kay Marie, and online shopper.
Federal investigators say counterfeit goods are flowing into the U.S. and onto some of the biggest e-commerce sites. The Government Accountability Office purchased dozens of items from third party sellers hosted by sites including Amazon, Walmart and eBay.
20 out of 47 items were found to be counterfeit.
“It's not just shoes or handbags anymore it's pretty much everything we use on a day to day basis,” said Kimberly Gianopoulos with the Government Accountability Office.
Out of nine Yeti travel mugs, six turned out to be counterfeit. One giveaway - two words are misspelled on the bottom.
You can see Austin is misspelled, made is “mede” instead of made. It's very very subtle.
With Urban Decay cosmetics, out of 13 purchases every single one was a counterfeit.
The government's advice to consumers is to try to purchase directly from the brand. But if you are buying from a third party, keep an eye on price. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.