By now you’ve probably heard about ebay’s crackdown on sales of counterfeit merchandise and other items.
The site has shut down about 100,000 accounts and made thousands of sellers temporarily forfeit the items they sell on its site.
There are plenty of reasons for ebay to take action, but one of the most glaring is that it’s easy for shady sellers to make a living off the site’s sellers, according to a report from The Atlantic.
There’s also a large amount of counterfeit goods on ebbets.com that’s sold by the pound.
The Atlantic article details how the site is making money off the sale of fake products, but its most obvious method of revenue comes from the sale on the black market.
Ebbs.com, the largest marketplace for counterfeit goods in the world, recently made headlines when it began to cut down on sales.
According to the Atlantic, the website announced in August that it would cut down the number of listings it allows to sell items with fake tags, which the site claims can be used to sell more items.
Ebbers has already cut down from a total of about 4 million listings in August to around 200,000.
But the site isn’t the only site making money from selling counterfeit goods.
Ebay is one of many sites that have also cut down their listings.
Many of the sites are run by third parties that aren’t in the business of selling real goods.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is one example.
In the past, Ebbs was the only major marketplace to have been targeted by fake sellers.
In February of this year, Amazon announced that it had removed about 500 listings in the past month from its site due to counterfeit tags, including several of the site was the source of more than $1 million in counterfeit goods sold on Ebbs, according the Journal.
Ebys sellers are also getting in on the action.
According the Journal, one seller on the site told the newspaper that his company had sold $4 million worth of items in the last month and was working with the seller to sell them for less.
Some of the sellers have even gone so far as to post on their Facebook pages that they are selling counterfeit items to get around the crackdown.
The story doesn’t end there.
The WSJ reports that some of the eBay sellers selling items from Ebbs have also created fake accounts, creating fake IDs and shipping addresses that can be traced to fake accounts on Ebbers own site.
This has resulted in some of these sellers losing their accounts as well as the sites owner, who is now facing a criminal investigation.
While the crackdown may be making some of ebay sellers feel bad about selling on the marketplace, the biggest worry for consumers is the fake products they’re buying.
The report also says that a lot of counterfeit items are being sold on eBay through third-party sellers who may be taking advantage of eBay’s new anti-fraud policy.
While some counterfeit products are still on sale on ebs, many sellers are turning to Amazon as a way to circumvent the new restrictions.
The fact that eBay is doing this at all should give consumers a reason to not shop at ebay and other online retailers, according Matt Miller, founder of the popular fake-item website Snopes.com.
Miller has compiled a list of eBay sellers that are using fake IDs on the eBay site to sell counterfeit items.
Many eBay sellers have turned to Amazon to circumvent eBay’s new restrictions, and some of them are doing so on the Amazon marketplace in order to avoid eBay’s restrictions, Miller said.