Have you ever considered why eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) sometimes offers deals on merchandise that seem too good to be true?
For example, how am I able to buy, say, a high-end $250 pair of Oakley sunglasses for only $20 on eBay (brand new with tags)?
Here’s how… It’s stolen merchandise.
While eBay still monopolizes the online auction space, it’s quietly dealing with a fraud problem.
Shoplifting costs businesses about $12.1 billion nationally, says the National Retail Federation, which releases an annual survey.
And a lot of those stolen goods find their way onto eBay.
Couple that with all the counterfeit products coming out of China, and I’m personally a little leery of buying a big-ticket item on eBay, like I so often did 10 years ago.
Does anyone share my concerns here?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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