“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.” If you want to form a strong and sturdy character on Amazon, you need, as it was mentioned above, to put your every single effort into what you do, and only then, sooner or later, you will become one of the best sellers on Amazon.
However, third-party sellers won’t reach their high-flying goals if they start selling FAKE or counterfeit products on Amazon! If you think that one of the biggest e commerce platforms in the world won’t notice your petty crime, you are mistaken! It keeps an eye on every third-party seller, and it never allows them to get off the right track. In other words, if you do something bad such as selling fake products on Amazon, you will lose your account, or as it’s more popular to say, your account gets suspended!
Unfortunately, counterfeit products are everywhere, and sometimes, their existence is way too harmful… For example, fake chargers are constantly killing innocent people, while law enforcement agencies are trying to fight against people who sell them. Sadly, these law enforcement agencies haven’t succeeded yet!
Why Third-Party Sellers Start Selling Counterfeits
On Amazon, you have to do what is right, and not what is easy. However, some sellers prefer the easy way of doing things, and as a result, they start selling fake products. It’s quite obvious that the price is the same as that of the originals, which in turn means that Amazon customers are being intentionally deceived. The moment Amazon realizes that you lie to its customers, know that you’ve messed up!
It’s super easy! Each third-party seller can start the production of fake products, that’s not rocket science at all! Or even if they don’t want to start the manufacturing process, they can buy counterfeits from any counterfeiter and list those products on Amazon!
Counterfeits look exactly like their original versions. Sometimes, even customers don’t understand that the bag they’re wearing is not Louis Vuitton, it’s made in China edition! However, as you may already presume, Amazon knows everything. Sooner or later (the first scenario is more possible) Amazon will catch you red-handed and send your account together with its products to hell!
End-to-End encrypted technologies help them operate their business without any difficulty! In order to contact their customers, they are communicating with platforms like WhatsApp, which are known to be secure. This way, counterfeit goods are being sold in the e commerce world!
What Fake Products Can Cause
Selling fake products can cause not only an Amazon suspension! It can also lead you to problems with intellectual property rights. Unfortunately, intellectual property complaint is harder to resolve, because it not only causes suspensions, but it also drags you into legal problems!
You see, when a brand notices a rogue seller who intentionally infringes their Intellectual property rights, they immediately file a complaint. A normal brand that’s worth its salt, won’t let you sell products that are not real and don’t belong to you, so pay attention to the products sold by you. A fake product is a sure-fire way of getting suspended and having problems with the brands.
Amazon hates it when it sees a product page of a counterfeit product, and that drives Amazon crazy. Even though the platform has launched numerous programs that will help them get rid of infringers, they still come and start selling their fake product!
There’s Still Hope For a Third Party Seller…
Let’s be honest, Amazon suspensions are one of the worst things that can happen to e commerce third-party sellers. However, there’s still hope for those who are afraid of Amazon suspensions, or who already have one. In the e commerce world, there are numerous appeal services like Got Suspended Clients, who help sellers of Amazon reinstate their accounts. Counterfeit products sold on Amazon always cause suspensions, but reinstating companies (if they are good enough) can fix the situation! In other words, if you listed a counterfeit product, wrote its description on the product page, listed it on Amazon, and got suspended, you’d better contact specialists! Suspensions related to counterfeit products are hard to resolve, so if you’re not so sure about your abilities, contact an appeal service!
List of Things Third-Party Sellers Should Know
- Don’t Sell Counterfeit Products…Really?
- Don’t work with distribution companies that look shady, who knows, maybe they’re offering counterfeit products… Amazon doesn’t like them, remember?
- Keep invoices you get. If you’re not selling counterfeit products, you need proof that you’re a legitimate seller who is offering only legitimate products on Amazon.
- Stay away from software that automatically created listings. Why? Because it can list products you’re not intending to sell on Amazon. If products that this software creates are filled with counterfeit products, you will lose your account…
As you can see, Amazon wants everyone to sell only authentic products. A bad or counterfeit product doesn’t belong to Amazon, therefore, it will try to get rid of counterfeit sellers as soon as it is possible. To conclude, this is what Amazon says about counterfeit products:
Amazon strives to ensure a trustworthy shopping experience for our customers. By selling on Amazon, you agree that:
- The sale of counterfeit products is strictly prohibited.
- You may not sell any products that are not legal for sale, such as products that have been illegally replicated, reproduced, or manufactured
- You must provide records about the authenticity of your products if Amazon requests that documentation
Failure to abide by this policy may result in loss of selling privileges, funds being withheld, destruction of inventory in our fulfillment centers, and other legal consequences.