There is nothing new under the sun, as long as there is money to be made, fakes will always be part of the shoe game. The danger now though is that fakes have gotten so much better that one needs to employ Sherlock Holmes to just identify them. According to the Dulles CBP,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers grounded nearly $55,000 in counterfeit pairs of the popular Nike Air Jordans sneakers recently that arrived as air cargo near Washington Dulles International Airport.
The sneakers arrived in seven parcels on December 15 from China, and were destined to the same Alexandria, Va., address. CBP completed the seizure Tuesday of 400 pairs of various models of Nike Air Jordans. The manufacturer suggested retail price, if authentic, was $54,715.
CBP officers routinely examine imports and suspected the sneakers were counterfeit. Officers working with CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts, verified the sneakers as counterfeits through the trademark holder.
When counterfeits of this magnitude are seized, the recipients’ address and name get flagged and an investigation follow suit. I’m sure the individual(s) who ordered these fakes will receive a visit from the local authorities very soon. There are a growing number of small. shady consignment sneaker stores in the DMV area and I’m suspecting that one of those is probably behind this massive order. I will follow this investigation very close and will give you an update as soon as possible, stay tuned.
I’ve written several posts about the new breed of fakes , see links below.