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Authorities Seize $18 Million Worth Of Fake Louboutins!

By Glamour Magazine Aug 17, 2012 4:33PM

by Tracey Lomrantz Lester, Glamour

It's a crime of fashion even worse than wearing a white bra under a white T-shirt: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of more than 20,000 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes yesterday!

As ABC News reports, "U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated 20,457 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. According to the CBP, the knock-off shoes that were transported in five different shipments on a cargo ship in large boxes from China had a domestic value of more than $57,000, meaning it cost just less than $3 per pair to make them. Officials said there were enough of those red soles to add up to a suggested retail value of $18 million, an unbelievable profit."

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So, what tipped authorities off that the stems were phonies? "The original [Christian Louboutin] shoe is made in Italy,” said chief CBP officer Guillermina Escobar. “Once we saw it was coming in from China, we knew there was a problem with the shipment.” The fakes are also pretty awful, if you ask us--check out the photo above, where they're clearly labeled "made in China" of "all man made materials."

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Thankfully, all 20,000+ pairs will be destroyed, likely by burning.

Fashion industry 1, counterfeiters, 0!

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News


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54Comments
Aug 18, 2012 1:34AM
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It's called copyright infringement or intellectual property violation. That is why it's a news story to all the dittoheads who have no concept of critical thinking.
Aug 18, 2012 12:23AM
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Counterfeits from China!

Shocking, absolutely shocking!

Aug 17, 2012 10:41PM
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Cut all ties with CHINA. They are trying to take over the world with their cheap tricks.
Aug 17, 2012 10:02PM
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Why the waste? So many sole-less people out there; barefoot and pennyless. HMMMM? Why dont we give to the homeless as an entitlement and get more minority votes?
Aug 17, 2012 9:38PM
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In the first place; who gives a rat's a--?  If people are so vain, or ignorant to buy a "name", then, as far as i am concerned, they need to be "ripped off", that's what buying vanity shoes is anyway!

It's just like a diamond; just a compressed piece of coal!!!!

Aug 17, 2012 9:37PM
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why burn them why not give them to the poor???

ill tell you why?? because big corporations run this country!!!

if our poor need something theyre going to have to buy it from them!!

the proceeds from the sales could have helped feed the hungry!!!

our country is truely turning pathetic!!!

Aug 17, 2012 9:00PM
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Who's making the excess profit? Is it the manufacturers or the retailers?

 

Also, who was going to get this shipment in the U.S.? Are they going to be prosecuted?

Aug 17, 2012 8:38PM
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I don't even know OR care what a Louboutin is...
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