You may be putting your health at risk by buying counterfeit nutritional supplements from third-party sellers on the Internet.
Word is out that Amazon .com is selling counterfeit nutritional supplements to unsuspecting customers. As reported by NaturalNews.com, third-party sellers have hijacked Amazon in three big ways by:
Selling counterfeit dietary supplements under the guise of brand name manufacturers’ products. These fraudulent companies repeatedly and successfully sell numerous fake nutritional products. How? By unlawfully copying product labels and placing them on fake products and using the copyrighted or patented names and of popular supplement companies and their products to market their counterfeit formulas.
Receiving a high user rating from Amazon for its fake products.
These counterfeit operations exploit the customer’s trust when Amazon unknowingly assigns their products high star ratings. Customers assume these fake products are rated on use. But in fact, Amazon has a policy of assigning the same high-star rating to ALLproducts it believes are identical to any original manufacturer’s products that have received a high-star rating from actual users.
Getting original manufacturers banned from Amazon.com. You see, Amazon’s anti-counterfeiting policy states that they will terminate a company’s selling privileges on Amazon if they determine their products were illegally manufactured. So, any anonymous seller can report a legitimate manufacturer for selling their own products as counterfeit. As one reputable supplement manufacturer revealed, “…an unknown seller reported us to Amazon for selling [our own] counterfeit products … and Amazon banned us.”
Amazon has finally been exposed for being unable to distinguish between the original products of legitimate manufacturers and the fake products of counterfeit manufacturers. To be clear, Amazon. com does not appear to be responsible for the counterfeit sales. However, it’s a wake-up call to consumers regarding Amazon’s inability-and even unwillingness-to police this fraudulent activity of perhaps thousands of third-party sellers of nutritional supplements on their site.
No surprise here, considering Amazon takes a cut of every sale on its website…regardless of whether the product is genuine or counterfeit!
While this kind of dishonesty hurts manufacturers, consumers like you pay a heavy price as well. How? By facing greater health risks by consuming unknown content in supplement formulas, wasting your money buying costly inferior and counterfeit products, and putting up with confusion over the value of nutritional products.
And, yes, professional-quality therapeutic supplements and medical foods may or may not cost more than those of second-rate nutritional companies. But remember, no matter how little you pay for an inferior, counterfeit or fake product, a supplement that doesn’t work is the most expensive supplement you can buy.