There is something to say about promoting legal activities. For those looking to promote the alternative, there is something to say there as well, but these individuals won’t like it so much. Certain social media influencers are now learning this as Amazon launches a lawsuit against them.
These influencers have been promoting a ring of counterfeit (luxury) products that are secretly being sold via Amazon’s platform (or at least trying to be secretly be sold until influencers blatantly bragged to their followers about it).
The idea is that a product page on Amazon presents you with a product that is clearly a knockoff of an original design but without coming close enough to get into trouble (no logos or specific identifiers that get too close to the real thing). However, when you order the item, you actually get a fully counterfeit item designed to look exactly like the real thing. You wouldn’t know this by simply looking at the product page.
Unless someone like an influencer gets online and tells the whole world about it, recommending that people take advantage of the opportunity (tsk tsk). By doing that, they are actively promoting the act of counterfeiting and are blatantly breaking Amazon’s rules. They are doing it using affiliate links that they profit from for referring that traffic, therefore they are also a financially benefiting accomplice.
Now Amazon is going directly after these individuals for their actions as Amazon has a pretty strict opinion when it comes to counterfeiting, and they also don’t want to get in trouble for looking the other way or not trying hard enough to put a stop to it all. A simple slap makes it easy for criminals to set right back up later using a different method (or the same one). However, bring them to their knees and others will think twice about doing the same thing (hopefully).