That Fake Rolex You Buy In China May Cost You More Than The Real Thing

from the after-customs-has-its-way-with-you dept

Petréa Mitchell writes in to let us know about yet another case where trademark protection is being abused. "A guy decided to bring back some obviously fake Rolexes from China as souvenirs for his family. This was probably not a bright idea in any case, but US Customs thinks it's worth fining him $55,300. The fine is allegedly based on the street value of real Rolex watches, but he points out that there's no way anyone would pay a full Rolex price for fakes as obvious as these. The government says he should be glad it's only $55,300, because if Rolex had gotten personally involved it could have been $100,000... per watch." This one raises all sorts of questions. The thing is, buying these fake Rolexes shouldn't be against the law -- selling them should be. However, the guy wasn't caught selling them. Either way, while aren't there more important things for Customs to be doing than fining people for wearing fake Rolexes?

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    Norman, 10 May 2007 @ 7:15am

    Re: rolex

    Like nothing was really done since the MANUFACTURER is the one pumping this stuff out. Busting a man who wasn't going to sell this crap in the first place does nothing at all to help FOLEX. :-) This is like how the police bust street corner drug dealers but can't do jack about the suppliers. Same shit different look. But in this case they busted the equivilent to a medical marijuana user. How stupid is this?

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