Fake Nikes, anyone?

While tourists won’t be able to buy knock-off Louis Vuitton and Goyard handbags on their summer trips to New York anymore, counterfeiters in Los Angelas are still to be reckoned with — branching out into the underground fake sneaker market.

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in LA  confiscated 18,560 pairs of fake Nike sneakers tightly compacted in two shipping containers that had just arrived from China.

Perpetuating as if the cargo was holding drainage pipeline fittings, the sneakers were soon discovered by Long Beach officers once they began their inspection.

Apparently, the Nike knock-offs were valued at $521,000, which is about 1.5 million dollars less if they would have been real.

The LA Times reports that shoes like this usually are “sold on the internet, in mom-and-pop stores or at swap meets.? But, if we can all be honest, do we really did the negative feedback on the Ebay sellers account to know Marc Jacobs never created $60 Air Force 1s with Nike? And with a green see-through tag hanging from a pair of cheap shoe laces?

Didn’t think so.


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