Customs agents have seized counterfeit Nike and Air Jordan sneakers from seaports located in Long Beach and Los Angeles early Wednesday.
The U.S. Customs and Border Control said in a press release that agents have apprehended a shipment from China containing 15,000 pairs of fake sneakers from boxes labeled as “napkins.” The shipment contained counterfeit versions of popular Nike and Air Jordan models that are worth thousands in the sneaker resell market. The CBP said in a statement that the owners of the fake sneakers often target collectors who are willing to pay a hefty price.
“These special edition Nike and retro designs are highly coveted by collectors and sport shoes enthusiasts. Consumers shopping online are eventually likely to encounter fraudulent sellers.”
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CBP Port Director LaFonda Sutton-Burke added that the profits from the fakes fund criminal enterprises who transport the shoes across the border.
“The trafficking of these items is extremely lucrative and becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular products.”
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Many of these counterfeit resellers use social media and online marketplaces to attract potential buyers and often offer their prices in popular sneaker forums.
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