Cracking down on fake products has always been a problem for Chinese authorities, especially with the popularity of online shopping sites and social networking platforms. There is a group of people who have gone from rags to riches by buying counterfeit products. They are known as "fakes fighters." These fighters purposefully buy fake products so as to demand compensation from sellers. Some have become millionaires while others have faced revenge from angry counterfeiters.
China's 1993 Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Customers stipulates that businesses that supply fraudulent products or services shall, on the demand of the consumer, pay compensation at least equal to two times what the consumer paid. The law, aimed at combating counterfeiting, gave rise to a new industry, which is booming along with the expansion of the e-commerce sector.
The boom in e-commerce has provided the "fakes fighters" with thousands of new targets.
According to media reports, the Yuexiu district court in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province said it has received 126 cases of online shopping disputes since January 2015, in which all the plaintiffs are professional "fakes fighters."
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