Date
22 September 2017
Luxury goods are popular haitao shopping items but buyers should beware of fakes. Photo: www.nipic.com
Luxury goods are popular haitao shopping items but buyers should beware of fakes. Photo: www.nipic.com

What are friends for?

To help fleece mainland shoppers, going by the tactics of some local merchants.

Overseas shopping services known as “haitao” are hot in China, offering to buy and ship products from overseas for mainland customers. Demand is robust because products bought elsewhere are generally thought to be of better quality.  

But some of these vendors are not delivering as advertised.

Many of the products may be convincingly packaged but are in fact locally sourced. These dodgy cyber vendors ship the nicely packed knockoffs along with counterfeit invoices to their buddies living in the US or Europe who then ship them out from there to the end clients.

Haitao shops usually tell customers they can return the goods if they turn out to be counterfeit. But very few brands are prepared to bother identifying if an item is fake or real. Luxury scarf maker Hermes is one that will, according to the 21st Century Business Herald, but at your own cost.

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