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Internet shopping: watch out for counterfeits

Last moments to find the perfect gift. On internet sales platforms, how to distinguish the original from the counterfeit? Pascal Morel, a father, was the victim of counterfeiting by buying a Bluetooth speaker on the Internet. “The sound saturates, it sucks. When I received this, I was not happy at all”, he explains. Since then, he bought the original 30 euros more expensive and can compare the two speakers. The case of this father is far from isolated.

In 2018, 5.4 million counterfeit articles were seized, including 1.5 million sold on the Internet, a figure that is constantly increasing. Most of the online sales sites are web hosts: legally, they are not responsible for the authenticity of the products offered by individuals. The Le Bon Coin website recalls that “If it's too good to be true, it's suspect.” To try to stop this traffic, every day customs sift through hundreds of packages.

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