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eBay defends its record on fakes
By Jim Reed
Newsbeat technology reporter

eBay European director Alexandre Menais

eBay has told Newsbeat it is "absolutely doing enough" to stop the sale of fake goods online.

The internet company has been fined 30m by a French court for allowing copies of handbags and perfume to be auctioned on the site.

An eBay spokesperson said it had invested 20m over the last two years in a project to remove counterfeit goods.

A system called VeRO, or Verified Rights Owner, is meant to let luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Burberry report any suspicious listings which can then be removed from auction.

But, according to many Newsbeat listeners, it is still easy to find fakes on the site.

I spent 30 on something that cost about 50p to make. I guess it's my own fault for buying it
Hannah from Mansfield after buying a fake Louis Vuitton bag on eBay
Lee from Derbyshire said his G-Star coat, t-shirt and jeans were all "terrible fakes".

Lezley from Portsmouth told us she bought what was supposed to be a Gucci handbag from eBay.

She said: "It was only two miles away so I offered to collect too which they would have nothing of.

"I had to pay 6 postage and received the worse fake you did ever see - really. You get better free with a magazine. "

Hannah from Mansfield texted in to say her "genuine" Louis Vuitton handbag was just a bad copy when it arrived in the post.

She said: "I ended up paying 30 for it as thought it was just too good to turn down.

"It said it had the genuine tags but when it turned up it wasn't the same bag in the photo.

"I spent 30 on something that cost about 50p to make. I guess it's my own fault for buying it."

Paris fine

The case against eBay was bought in the commercial court in Paris by six brands belonging to the luxury LVMH group.

Louis Vuitton shop
Louis Vuitton also sells luggage, shoes and other luxury goods
The group's Louis Vuitton handbag section and clothing brand Christian Dior Couture accused eBay of negligence by allowing fake goods to be sold in online auctions.

eBay claims the case has been brought because it is undercutting the expensive shops that stock LVMH products.

In a statement it said: "The ruling is not about our fight against counterfeit; it is an attempt by LVMH to protect uncompetitive commercial practices at the expense of consumer choice.

"When we find counterfeit goods on our sites we take it down.

"Overzealous enforcement of restrictive sales practices gives consumers a bad deal."



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