Alibaba criticised as study finds one third of products sold online in China are fake


Regulators in China have criticised some of the countries largest e-commerce sites for allowing sales of fake or poor quality goods.

Last year, more than 350 million people in China bought goods online.

However, despite China’s booming e-commerce market, a new government backed study has found that one third of products tested were found to be counterfeit or deemed to be hazardous to human health.

The study, which was carried out in partnership with China’s Consumer Association and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce tested 92 products from seven of the biggest Internet trading sites in China, including Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao,, and

38 of the products tested were found to be fake.

The products, which were picked at random, included a Samsung mobile phone with a fake circuit board, toys which may have been unsafe for children and fertiliser which was found to be nothing more than ordinary soil.

State television in China has reported that all the companies in the survey found to be selling counterfeit products have been punished by the authorities.

In a further update to the story, the Associated Press is reporting the study was actually carried out in July 2014 but the publishing of it was delayed in order to avoid affecting Alibaba making its debut on the U.S. stock market.

Alibaba raised a record $25 billion in stock after going public in September 2014.

Source: South China Morning Post and AP.