EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1406 - November 08, 2006     2 of 4

BBC Watchdog Program Investigates Fakes on eBay

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The BBC Watchdog television program in the UK investigated fakes on eBay and said it found there was a problem ( The producers purchased five items from four eBay PowerSellers. "All of these items were described as authentic, but they were all found to be fake," according to BBC Watchdog, which published a statement from eBay in response to the investigation ( In it, eBay states it works as closely as it can with 17,000 separate brand owners, who participate in the company's Verified Rights Owners (VeRO) program, and also "work closely with law enforcement bodies and trading standards to tackle the problem head on."

eBay announced on its UK message board that it had been featured on the program, which aired at 7 pm on November 7. The company faces lawsuits from such companies as Louis Vuitton, Dior Couture and Tiffany for failing to stop the sale of counterfeits and fake goods on its site.

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