Amazon, Dangdang pull plug on fake stores
E-commerce companies Amazon and Dangdang said yesterday they have shut down several online retailers accused of selling counterfeit cosmetics via their platforms. According to a consumer affairs report shown on China Central Television on Wednesday, the stores were offering famous name brands at hugely discounted prices. In one case, the Meihanmeizhuang Cosmetics Store said the products it sold via Dangdang were sourced from a wholesale market in Beijing. The manager of the online store, which operated from a residential complex in Beijing’s Fangshan District, said he sold about 2,000 cosmetic products from 10 brands via Dangdang, and sent out goods worth more than 100,000 yuan (US$16,100) every day. The program showed the store’s warehouse packed with items purportedly made by Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein, Versace, Chanel and Shiseido.