Alibaba has been plagued by counterfeit goods for a long time. Its rival JD.com even uses this to its advantage and promotes their marketplace as a place to get genuine products from established brands.
Both e-commerce giants have made clear though that they want to get rid of shoddy products. At least that is the official stance, some people have been doubting Alibaba's resolve in this matter.
Reuters now reports that China will ramp up the inspections of goods bought online. In the war against counterfeit and low-quality goods sold via online marketplace's.
- Anything that protects Chinese consumers is good news, said a Beijing-based spokesman for JD.com, to Reuters.
Alibaba also agreed and welcomed "any regulations that promote the healthy development of e-commerce in China".
Affects the Share Price
During the last year Alibaba's shares have fallen in part due to the discussion surrounding counterfeit goods on its marketplace's.
China now plans to eradicate online IP infringement within three years. And the country's "State Administration for Industry and Commerce", responsible for advancing legislation concerning commerce in the People's Republic, is tasked with making sure this happens. They will now step up random quality checks for goods bought online.
The authority will also take into account consumer reports and the focus is not only on counterfeit goods but also "low-quality goods", according to Reuters.
E-commerce platforms, like Alibaba and JD.com, will have to remove merchants that fail inspections.