How counterfeits enter the supply chain at companies like Amazon and Best Buy

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on July 15, 2015   Information Tags: , , , ,

On the XDA forum, a user had bought a counterfeit OtterBox but was stunned on how it happened. The user had known that the internet is full of counterfeit OtterBox cell phone cases, so he had bought the case at Best Buy to avoid getting a fake. After the purchase at Best Buy, the user thought the case looked fake. He posted on the forum thread and was referred by another user to Stigma Search’s counterfeit guide. From that guide he was able to tell that the case was indeed fake. But he asked how did Best Buy sell him a counterfeit? Read More

Exploiting and getting passed EU customs to import counterfeit products

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on November 20, 2014   Information Tags: , , , , , ,

While the economy is doing okay over here in the US, many countries of the European Union never truly recovered from the 2008 financial meltdown. Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIGS) being some of the hardest hits. Ireland was hit pretty hard too. Many austerity programs started for these countries to control their deficits. Cuts were all over the place, but it hit the custom workers hard.

Take for example the city of Cannes in France, were before the crisis it had 20 custom workers. How much now? Just 4. The city is home to the Calabrian mafia, a group known to be in the importing and distribution of counterfeit goods.

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