Amazon's counterfeit goods problem growing - Here's how to fight back

Who doesn't love online shopping? It's such a convenient way to get the things you need without having to battle the crowds at the mall. You don't even have to get out of your pajamas if you so choose.

Amazon is the largest online retailer and you can find most anything imaginable to purchase. The downside is, the retail giant has had a rash of counterfeit items showing up on its site recently. There may be some good news on that front, though.

There are three ways that Amazon fulfills orders:

Amazon Direct products are sold and shipped by Amazon.

Amazon Fulfillment items are provided to Amazon by a third-party. They are then warehoused and shipped by Amazon.

Amazon Marketplace products are sold and shipped directly from third-party sellers.

Many of the counterfeit items come from the Amazon Marketplace. That's because those items are never inspected by Amazon.