Notorious Offline Marketplaces

In the ever evolving world of counterfeit trade, very few things remain constant. However, one practice that never seems to go away is the selling of counterfeit goods of all shapes and sizes, in physical marketplaces, with a lot of these marketplaces focusing on specific products such as electricals or clothing.

While the recent global pandemic led more consumers to buy goods online, as the world reopens, physical stores and markets are starting to win back a lot of their former prominence.

Counterfeit traders in these locations often have links to wider organized criminal and terrorist groups. Enforcement agencies gather intelligence on these groups by conducting covert test purchases and investigations into potentially criminal practices.

But without a centralised tool it is difficult for enforcers to track and monitor changes in trends in these different areas.

ApiraSol has solved this problem through ApiraSol POSINT.

With ApiraSol POSINT, brands, investigators and law enforcement can view actual images of products being sold in marketplaces across the world, as well as receive consistent updates for maintaining proactive levels of intelligence gathering. POSINT also monitors prices, geolocations, store names and physical indicators associated with counterfeit and illicit products.

Utilising, and updating, this tool leads to better intelligence on counterfeiting networks, a prioritisation of targets, and, ultimately, a more profound disruption of the manufacture, distribution and sale of illicit goods.


Within the Offline Markets Map we can see three prolific markets in Argentina: La Salada, La Saladita De Escobar and Feria Del Centro.

La Salada markets cover a surface area of over 50 acres and feature three separate markets selling a wide array of products, including illicit goods. Although, in recent years, investigations have led to several arrests, criminal groups have succeeded in maintaining control in these markets and the sale of counterfeit goods continues to be a common occurrence.

La Salada also serves as a distribution hub for the Buenos Aires area and is home to multiple small factories that assemble and finish counterfeit goods.

ApiraSol POSINT tracks which rights holders are being affected by the widespread sale and distribution of illicit goods, leading to proactive intelligence and convictions.

Notorious Markets in Argentina


La Salada Market
Buenos Aires

Clothing, shoes, bags and accessories


La Saladita de Escobar

Fashion, textiles, electronics, gadgets, cosmetics, personal care, toys


Feria del Centro

Clothing, toys


Data Available Upon Request

This market is currently being investigated by our agents.

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Data Available Upon Request

This market is currently being investigated by our agents.

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China is infamous for being one of the world's biggest producers of counterfeit goods. In 2019, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that 83% of counterfeit goods that were detained originated in China.

Rights holders will know that investigations and enforcement are often expensive and troublesome in China, with many markets not following policies and procedures for discouraging the sale of counterfeit goods.

It can therefore be costly for brands to commit to consistent test purchasing, especially if enforcement is having little effect. By using ApiraSol POSINT, you can begin mapping which branded goods are being sold at major markets in China and prioritise which markets to target, without the initial need for costly test purchases.

Market in China

Report Offline Markets

The first version of the Offline Markets Map was made possible with support from multiple local investigators, ApiraSol analysts and engagement with our clients.

We welcome any suggestions on additional market names together with brief descriptions.

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