This is what idiots who order 180 fakes at a time deserve. I hope they prosecute as this fool is obviously in the market for dealing and ripping people off selling them as the real deal. Shame on them!!
Thanks for the story and post Dino - very interesting.
"I took it to mean that those business cards were from the same dealer/source not one buyer." - TomS.
I agree Tom - I took it to mean that too, the inference being that if all 180 guitars came from one seller, it made it unlikely they were all bought by different people. Be one hell of a coincidence if they were, eh!
Just makes my argument that ordering multiple guitars in a short period of time can get you flagged by Customs (we are living in a computer age.) I've always told people the best thing is to order one now and again, spacing the orders apart. Clearly, 185 guitars means you were going to defraud people with them, so I'm glad he got caught. But it sucks for those of us who just want a fun little project for ourselves that we will never sell to anyone.
I also suspect they will go after the buyer for attempt to distribute counterfeit goods in this case.
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I don't know why the guitars were passing through New Jersey, unless they were indeed going to a bulk center because they came from the same place.
Just sort of furthers my own point of not buying branded fakes anymore. I just want nice guitars with my logos on them, especially if I can make some slight alterations to the headstock shape or other features to make it "not a copy".
Doesn't Jersey have the "docks"? Perhaps an order that size was coming over on a cargo ship and they got the whole container, the article was pretty vauge,do you think it was one shipment ,or a culmination of days worth, I don't know, either way if these were individual seizures then I feel bad for the induviduals,but if this was a reseller looking to get over than they got what they deserved
At $300 a pop, which is expensive by Chibson standards, that's only $55,500.
Even if these people were aiming to flip them for $800 each to rip off pawn shops, still way below at $148,000.
As sj said, total media exaggeration (or exaggeration on behalf of CBP).
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twault said May 02, 2014 13:02:24
I have one coming soon. I don't think it has left China, but this is concerning, as it will most likely come through New York. I had them leave the "Gibson" logo, "Made in the USA," and the truss rod cover off. It does have the diamond still. Hope that will be enough to make them let it pass.