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I Spent $925 on a Fake Canada Goose Coat

By The Atlantic

A winter splurge turns into an e-commerce nightmareRead full story

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  • A classic marketplace problem. This is our business at Entrupy. The big thing I notice is that once this kind of a poor quality transaction happens, the buyer will ALWAYS think 4 times before buying from that platform. Trust is such a key ingredient in e-commerce, especially when the buyer doesn’t know

    A classic marketplace problem. This is our business at Entrupy. The big thing I notice is that once this kind of a poor quality transaction happens, the buyer will ALWAYS think 4 times before buying from that platform. Trust is such a key ingredient in e-commerce, especially when the buyer doesn’t know who the seller is or even the quality of the product they are buying. We are still using the outdated rules of traditional commerce (is the seller recommended?) for a digital commerce. And it’s only going to get more outdated...

  • Did you know that you can recycle the feathers in your #canadagoose coat, but then again with all the terrific animal-free fabrics out there, why would you buy a $1000 coat from a company that kills animals for fur and feathers.

  • I still don't understand how so many people can purchase a real Canada Goose coat. It's basically a huge chunk of your monthly rent.

    Anyway, this is a fascinating dive into the e-commerce world that is hosted by Amazon (also eBay, and elsewhere). Even if these platforms went to shut down these sellers

    I still don't understand how so many people can purchase a real Canada Goose coat. It's basically a huge chunk of your monthly rent.

    Anyway, this is a fascinating dive into the e-commerce world that is hosted by Amazon (also eBay, and elsewhere). Even if these platforms went to shut down these sellers, there are plenty of online platforms or sites fake and counterfeit items can be sold. See: Craigslist, Letgo, even the dark web.

  • the good news: the writer got her money back. the bad news; there’s really nothing out there to protect the next victim.

  • My GF is currently scouring eBay for Canada Goose deals. I have to walk her down from the ledge every time she's on the verge of spending over $500 on a used coat.

    Then again, a lightly used and clearly authentic one is probably a safer bet than a mysteriously discounted "new" garment.

  • I got a great winter coat from Uniqlo, and I live in Montreal, so, this coat is warm AF.

  • I personally have an issue with Canada Goose - maybe because I work close to one of its stores and walk past all the protestors with massive signs and photos of dead and tortured animals. Or maybe because I can’t justify spending such amount of money on a coat, especially when, as the author says, I

    I personally have an issue with Canada Goose - maybe because I work close to one of its stores and walk past all the protestors with massive signs and photos of dead and tortured animals. Or maybe because I can’t justify spending such amount of money on a coat, especially when, as the author says, I don’t live in the artic.

    Apart from that, this is a clear example of how fake luxury items have moved from the dodgy corners and “secret” basements in Chinatown to the public and well-publicised pages at Amazon.

  • Funny how this article is about the issues of fakes on Amazon but subtly hints that Canada Goose is overpriced and one doesn’t real need their coats!

  • I found this out when I was about to buy some expensive Nike running shoes. Thankfully I didn’t click buy because the shoes didn’t look right... sure enough they were fake. I’ve long since stopped buying anything of meaning from Amazon... I use the manufacturer’s website directly for quality items. Otherwise

    I found this out when I was about to buy some expensive Nike running shoes. Thankfully I didn’t click buy because the shoes didn’t look right... sure enough they were fake. I’ve long since stopped buying anything of meaning from Amazon... I use the manufacturer’s website directly for quality items. Otherwise I find it physically at a store, the old fashioned way. More and more of this is going to happen until eventually Amazon looses its credibility and will be no better than craigslist. Good luck out there.

  • I have to admit that I love the fake Ray Bans I bought on a “super flash sale.” They were cheap and they remind me to be careful online every time I put them on.

  • The point is not the coat or what it cost, it could have been any other knocked off item. It is the credibility of the amazon market place. I honestly can’t offer a solution to these marketplaces but something needs to change.

  • It’s simple. Buy from the manufacturer only. If they are out of stock, be patient.

  • The story of Canada Goose's rise is a meteoric one, especially since it came with private equity money. That said, even in the face of activists, they won't ever change or shift a strategy (or even seem to capitulate by making a cruelty-free cost).

    Brand loyalty and desire wins, no matter the true cost.

  • I used to work for the Legal Removals team at Google and I can tell you the easiest way to get these fake sellers pages off the internet (Google results, Amazon, eBay, etc.) is by having the company that owns the rights to the IMAGES invoke the digital millennium copyright act. The images are typically

    I used to work for the Legal Removals team at Google and I can tell you the easiest way to get these fake sellers pages off the internet (Google results, Amazon, eBay, etc.) is by having the company that owns the rights to the IMAGES invoke the digital millennium copyright act. The images are typically owned by the original company and are often used by resellers to market fake products. It’s a long process to prove that the seller doesn’t have real product, buts it’s very quick to see that they’re using images they don’t own.

    Most companies have a simple online form that the company can fill out stating that they own X image and that Y company(ies) are using X image without permission.

  • There's still something to be said for bricks and mortar!

    But why order from Amazon when canadagoose.com is only five characters longer? Judging by the length of the article this should not be an issue.

  • My first Canada Goose parka, ‘only’ $625 back then, is TOO warm, so I usually wear it when it’s hitting -20°C or I have to be outside for an extended period. I wore it the night of the lunar eclipse to take photos on the 17th floor balcony of my building, when the windchill was -33°C. I was lucky enough

    My first Canada Goose parka, ‘only’ $625 back then, is TOO warm, so I usually wear it when it’s hitting -20°C or I have to be outside for an extended period. I wore it the night of the lunar eclipse to take photos on the 17th floor balcony of my building, when the windchill was -33°C. I was lucky enough to snag one Sears Canada’s coats a couple of years before they went under, at the end of season price of about $100. Too bad somebody didn’t pick up the rights to continue making them. My down bomber jacket, from a Canadian manufacturer, I got from a local sporting goods store on sale for $79 marked down from $300. My previous parka was an Eddie Bauer oilfield worker’s coat I bought when I moved to Chicago for grad school. I’d still be wearing it if I could get it on! All that said, I would still buy a Canada Goose if I needed it as my only parka. Their quality is second to none. Sometimes you CAN pick up a sale price, if you keep your eyes and ears open. I got a light, non-down CG coat for fall and spring, a discontinued model, for $250.

    One last item: fakes ALWAYS get the shape of the Canadian Maple Leaf wrong. If you can see an actual photo that is. Compare the labels in the article and you can see it easily. Compare it to the Maple Leaf flag for the real thing.

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