There have been concerns for fake handmade items on Etsy for years. Resellers, as the handmade community would call them. Resellers defined: Passing off items that are not handmade.
Here is the recent research from Wedbush.
Our research indicates as many as 2 million items on Etsy (>5% of all merchandise) may potentially be either counterfeit or constitute trademark or copyright infringement. We believe the share of GMS may be greater considering Etsy has become a go-to destination for counterfeits. Counterfeit candidates include items infringing on Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Michael Kors, as well as a wide range of Disney and NFL brands. Sample of high risk listings indicates some violations may be 20x more likely on Etsy than eBay and even more likely than Alibaba’s Aliexpress.
Shares of Etsy fall on concerns over counterfeit goods ( Yahoo Finance)
Why Etsy’s stock is not a buy right now (market Watch)
Etsy downgraded on alleged counterfeit concerns (Market Watch)
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