I have a product I recently listed and this morning I received an email from a company – Brand Cops LTD who said they represent the company of the product I have listed and that I need to prove I’m an authorized reseller of this product or remove the product.
My question is this. Does a company have any authority to tell me what I can do with their product once I’ve purchased it? If I had personally purchased it and decided I didn’t want it, can they really control whether I can resell it online?
If you carefully keep your records though, with UPC codes, dates, addresses and so forth, you likely can beat counterfeit charges. But nobody really wants to deal with that much uncertainty, so they fold like a deck of cards (but I can’t blame them.) Most of these takedown notices aren’t even subtle about the threat.
Technically speaking you can list to any item in the Amazon catalog, they can’t stop you. However, what most companies will do is just tell Amazon that what you are selling is counterfeit and then you get a ding from Amazon for counterfeit and unless you have a wholesale invoice Amazon will also not remove the ding (could get you suspended). Also, while this falls under the First Sale Doctrine, which gives you the right to sell it, a new court ruling has stated that you may not offer it as new with a warranty (the way to get around this on Amazon is to sell it as USED LIKE NEW). The only way a manufacturer is forced to honor a warranty claim is if it was sold by an authorized seller. So – even though you are in the right, the company can make trouble for you if they decide to.
I heard of similar problems. This is an arm-twisting bogus company, I looked into them.
Their own site never ever mentions any address, tel no, legal name or registered office. Not strange for a company which runs after legal issues ????
Found this strange, so I dig a bit deeper. Guess what ??? Brand Cops Ltd does NOT exist. This UK company used to exist, and then changed its name to:
RELATIVE MAXIMUM LIMITED with Company number 08761404
Check this link: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08761404
scroll down and look at bottom note: this company used to be Brand Cops but is no longer is.
this turns my stomach upside down. So, are they genuinely lying about their identity and not be found by any one ???? YES.
The new company is registered at address: Pinnacle House, First Floor, 31 Cross Lances Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 2AD
And run by 3 guys as directors actively:
Freddie Camrass – British – born Dec. 1987
Marcin Rosinski – Polish – born April 1985
Andrew Showman – British – born July 1980
The staff that email threats to amazon sellers usually use names like “Helen”, “Vicky”. I doubt very much these people exist. If you email them back, no one replies. They never have surnames, no tel numbers, no signatures in their emails. Not weird ??? Very bogus, very mysterious.
I think there is no need to give in to their requests for info, invoices and threats, they don’t even exist, and they are lying. I asked them to give me a call straight, and no one did anything till now.
They send around authorisation documents, from brands. But, the letter is their headed paper ! How stupid ??? How can you authorise yourself for a brand on your own headed paper ??? Are you joking ???
Googling enough, here are more findings, and all are public info:
the directors of Brand Cops themselves are running GoPro refurbished shop online !!!
so, they are scaring and cutting off the competition… This is quite illegal, no ?
Director Freddie Camrass of brand cops is also CEO of Vyper Industries, and owner of the domain legally.
Domain Name: VYPERINDUSTRIES.COM
Domain ID: 1553112215_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.tucows.com
Registrar URL: http://tucowsdomains.com
Updated Date: 2015-01-27T15:59:53Z
Creation Date: 2009-04-22T16:29:24Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-04-22T16:29:24Z
Sponsoring Registrar: TUCOWS, INC.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 69
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4165350123
Reseller: Yoyo Internet Services
Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
Registrant Name: Fred Camrass
Registrant Organization: Shogun Electric
Registrant Street: Highgate
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: England
Registrant Postal Code: N6 4NP
Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: +44.7930473433
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is GoPro aware of this ?
Apparently, they send threat emails with authorisation from GoPro and state the name Laurens Deneke, who looks like he works for GoPro brand protection in Munich office of GoPro.
Is he aware of these cowboys using GoPro name, going around throwing punches ???? If he is, is he aware this company legally does NOT exist and is involved in conflict of interest in a legal issue ???
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