Historically, counterfeit goods have been manufactured in China as long as genuine goods have been mass produced there. What you may not know is that, from an e-commerce standpoint, China’s tech sector has lagged behind the United States’ Silicon Valley region for almost a decade. In only recent months we have heard of Business-to-Consumer (B2C) Chinese websites such as Taobao, Weibo, AliExpress and Jingdong in the news on a regular basis. It wasn’t until recently that the Chinese counterfeiters found their way to sell directly to consumers here in the United States. Before then, the culture gap made it difficult for Chinese websites to sell directly to English-speaking consumers. This a spawned a mid-2000s explosion of US-based sellers purchasing goods from wholesalers in China and marketing to their own countrymen on e-commerce websites they’d create themselves. This primarily began on Business-to-Business (B2B) websites such as Alibaba, Tradekey, EC21 and the like. During this developing period, Chinese sourcing agents would act as middlemen to connect American sellers with factories overseas, leaving the American market to the American middleman. In the last few years there has been a drastic drop in the amount of counterfeit websites based in the United States. This is primarily because the next generation, also known as Millennials, made this method obsolete. Through the miracle of Kanye West, Weird Al and a string of Transformers movies, we have seen the once-regional culture gap disappear before our eyes.
The current global climate of e-commerce online is as close to one culture than mankind has ever seen. Now, children are connecting with one another, consummating transactions and finalizing payment while on their smartphones in the back of the bus on the way to school. This isn’t your father’s Internet. It’s your grandson’s. Deal with it. With the growing Chinese consumer population in the United States, it is more important than ever to monitor that activity. Did you know that Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba recently announced plans for a US-based data center to compete head-to-head with Amazon? We know how important it is to have investigators who know the web better than anyone else. We also know that it is important have an in-house investigator on hand who natively speaks, reads and writes the most popular Chinese dialects, both Mandarin and Cantonese. New in 2014, IPCybercrime took on a team member to address this concern. We now have an insured, licensed in-house investigator who holds a United States citizenship and is fluent in Chinese. This same investigator has been trained by our team in online forensics and maintains our in-house standard of evidence collection. Most recently we used this valuable resource to get the goods on one of the world’s largest websites on behalf of a major brand owner. We are always innovating to meet your needs. If you want to stay one step ahead of your problem on Chinese websites, don’t wait any longer. Contact us.