Popular Disney collectibles, products, DVDs and even the theme park tickets are popular targets for counterfeiters. Disney experiences a landslide of counterfeit products on eBay, Craig's List, swap meet vendors and China websites.
Counterfeit products manufactured in mainland China have flooded the markets in Hong Kong, Europe and the US. Despite the counterfeit products' inferior quality, customers say they are drawn by the bargain prices of the cheap fakes over the authentic licensed Disney items.
Disney recognizes the problem is broad and everywhere, from their DVD business to packaged goods, consumer products and everything in between.
A Chinese counterfeit Disney watch sells for about $7 with free shipping to the US --about one-quarter the price of a genuine product. There is no warranty for cheap counterfeits when they break.
Counterfeit Disney collectable pins seized by US Customs before they made it to US consumers.
Counterfeit products are often listed as authentic items on eBay and sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Even wallpaper bearing the trademarked Disney characters is offered by Chinese counterfeiters.
Cheap counterfeit products infringe on Disney's trademark and damage the Disney brand.
Don't be fooled simply because a counterfeit product bears the Disney trademark. This cheap China fake listed and purchased on eBay for $6 is a counterfeit.
Always buy authentic Disney products from authorized Disney retailers.
Counterfeits include both classic collectable tickets and the current tickets which can fetch over $300.
Disneyland strongly advises that visitors only purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort, through the website or through an authorized seller.