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how do people get fakes into USA?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by stressfree, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. stressfree

    stressfree Senior Member

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    I see some people like CTwain selling fake knock offs and he's obviously posting the items from inside the USA. So how does he do that? How on earth do you get replicas into your country without getting jail time?
     
  2. shamster25

    shamster25 Regular Member

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    Customs can't check everything...
     
  3. stressfree

    stressfree Senior Member

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    yeah ok...but they wil leventually cease one shipment and then thet's game over...It's like anythign illegal you might get away with it 9/10 times but you only need to get caught once to end the game.
     
  4. VelvetVampire

    VelvetVampire Junior Member

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    not sure how they do it in the US but here in Europe they import jeans and clothes replicas without the labels and sow it on them when they are imported.
     
  5. stressfree

    stressfree Senior Member

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    oh..ok. That could be explained i guess. Still, it's shady bizz where you have to watch over your shoulder every minute.
     
  6. eBayMafia

    eBayMafia BANNED BANNED

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    There's different levels of "replicas" - replicas are just items that are manufactured without the proper licensing. Importing fake 100 DVD's is very different than importing 100 unlicensed spongebob stuffed animals (likely to be given as prizes at Carnivals and Fairs across the U.S.). This is because there are previously existing issues where motion picture companies have informed Customs of the rules and what to look for.

    Do people go to jail for importing bootleg crap? Yes, all of the time. A guy I knew from another online forum boasted about finding this uber secret source of iPads. He bought 200 of them and sold them. He imported another 200. Got a notice they were confiscated by customs. Decided he was smart by ordering another 200 and having them delivered to his parents house. He was raided, his parents house was raided, he was arrested, thrown in jail (awaiting trial), his house is likely to be confiscated and sold to pay for his judgement, his wife couldn't access money in his bank account they they legally earned, etc.

    I'm not saying don't import replicas, just don't import stuff like Apple products and Nike and the stuff where a billion dollar company has to fend off bootleggers.
     
  7. fatalwanderer

    fatalwanderer Junior Member

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    people still get nike products and others into the country, how do you suggest they do this? and i think that they dont look to much into replicas, atleast i wouldnt, prob only for drugs and things but im not sure
     
  8. boydy_24

    boydy_24 Newbie

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    hard to know what to do mate
     
  9. eBayMafia

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    Doesn't matter if the shoes are legit or not, but a couple pairs into the U.S. I wouldn't worry too much about. If you are importing a couple cubic meter squares in to the U.S, then the x-ray systems will likely pick them up. I can't confirm this, but most packages under 19 KG aren't really looked into much. So you could split up a 200 KG shipment easily.

    I just have to state, I do not condone illegal activity. :)
     
  10. thetvnun

    thetvnun Power Member

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    it is the sellers responsibility to deliver. the seller may not be able to control the state or method of shipment. they just provide a where, when & who. but alternatively i am seeing an increase in logos, sew-on's & faceplates that finish getting assembled after arrival - as they are easily transportable, and without the "brand" the replicas can ship un-molested.