Replicas or counterfeit goods are fake items deliberately made to look genuine or intended to be taken as authentic. These can include items such as clothes, bags, watches, perfume, cosmetics, unauthorised copies of software and any other electronic items and can also include any listing with a false or misleading description of what the item truly is.
No. Simply disclosing that your product is not genuine does not absolve you from intellectual property infringement or offences relating to counterfeiting.
There are many potential risks involved with buying fake goods:
A) You could be breaking the law;
B) Your safety could be at risk;
Fake goods can often be of bad quality and unsafe. For example: Counterfeit electrical goods are not put through the same vigorous safety checks as the legitimate ones and are often very dangerous.
C) You could be funding an organised crime;
Proceeds from selling counterfeit goods could be used to fund other types of serious organised crime.
D) You could be affecting genuine businesses.
Buying counterfeit goods affects legitimate businesses as counterfeit sales drive the profits away from genuine manufacturers.
Encountering infringement of your intellectual property rights is never a pleasant thing, and we respect the intellectual property rights of all sellers. If you suspect that someone else’s/your intellectual property rights have been infringed, please report the infringement to firstname.lastname@example.org.