Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2012

Authorities seize $540K in phony athletic goods

July 12, 2012


— Federal agents and other law enforcement groups seized more than $540,000 in counterfeit Major League Baseball merchandise over two weeks leading up to this year's All-Star Game in Kansas City.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday that the joint operation targeted Internet sellers, street vendors and stores selling fake, game-related sportswear.

The 14-day effort resulted in the seizure of 13,023 items including apparel, fake tickets and memorabilia. Nearly 20 percent were from other sports leagues, including the NFL and NHL.

Authorities said they closed a Lenexa, Kan., warehouse believed to be responsible for distributing the majority of all counterfeit ball caps sold in the Kansas City area.

Seizures took place in several communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area, on both sides of the state line.


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

What is "phony"?

Is it because patents protect these sports memorabilia?

If so, should patents protect designs so that only, for the most part, big companies benefit?

How about the street sellers, for example, who are often doing what they can to try to help their family?

We need more information than this article gives about what specific items were confiscated, and why.

Matt O'Reilly 5 years, 9 months ago

Doing some rough math, the average retail price of the items confiscated was a bit over $40. So while some of it may have been hats, I'm guessing the vast majority were jerseys and the like. As to why? Probably unlicensed material, but that's a completely wild guess on my part.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 9 months ago

A company, big or small, should have a right to protect it's name and image. I'll be the first to say big corporations have too much power, but I think you'd feel differently about licensing agreements if it was your business being stolen. I can understand a street vendor trying to feed his family, but that doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to them breaking the law.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 9 months ago

I have often wondered the source of the shirts being sold outside the Sprint center when we go to concerts. Generally about half the price of the event inside and look pretty good.

Any ideas?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

The people who make and sell counterfeit goods are only a small step above lousy, rotten spammers.

guppypunkhead 5 years, 9 months ago

Hey guys watch out for phony hats around- they are actually socks in disguise.

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