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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    James Colabove, 27 Jul 2007 @ 10:42am

    The guy was dumb

    While I admit that the authorities may have taken this a little to far to "set an example" The guy was clearly not the brightest bulb. EVERY single time I have traveled abroad, on the way back(usually on the aircraft) I was given a customs declaration form to fill out. He should have read the fine print. Also going all the way to China to buy fake Rolexes is kind of stupid, when you can buy them in the market district of any major US city. That being said, there are PLENTY of very high quality watches around that are much lower priced and keep way better time than a real Rolex. I would not give a fake watch, handbag etc. to any of my family members. Maybe to a co-worker as a gag gift, that's about it.

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