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Hundreds of counterfeit Winter Classic sportswear items seized
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Thursday, December 30, 2010 | Brian Bowling

Posted on 12/30/2010 2:16:38 PM PST by RS_Rider

Suspecting overseas counterfeiters would target fans eager for NHL Winter Classic memorabilia, three federal agencies conducted a joint operation they say intercepted 792 items of fake sportswear.

If the items were legitimate, they would be worth about $137,000, said Joseph Klaus, Customs and Border Protection port director for Pittsburgh. The fake sports memorabilia is a small part of the millions of dollars worth of counterfeit items that agents believe come into the Pittsburgh area annually, he said.

"This is just something that will highlight the counterfeit problem we're facing," he said Wednesday while displaying some of the seized Penguins jerseys.

Much of the fake goods are medicines and electronics that don't meet U.S. manufacturing standards and pose a danger to public safety, he said. With sportswear, the main dangers are that the jerseys would fall apart and that people thinking they spent money to support the Penguins and Steelers are "actually supporting the counterfeiters," Klaus said.

Customs and Border Protection worked with the Postal Inspection Service and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations office to identify and seize the counterfeit goods at post offices and private mailing service centers.

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: hockey; homeland; jagoffs; pittsburgh; security
We can send three federal agencies to chase around street vendors at an event while our borders are wide open. Somehow I don't really feel too secure in my homeland.
1 posted on 12/30/2010 2:16:38 PM PST by RS_Rider
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To: RS_Rider; martin_fierro
792 items

There's that many people willing to be seen in a Penguins jersey? I call BS.

2 posted on 12/30/2010 2:18:39 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: RS_Rider
If the items were legitimate, they would be worth about $137,000...

How much would they be worth if they were made of solid gold...and encrusted with jewels?

3 posted on 12/30/2010 2:20:13 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: RS_Rider

That was my first thought as well.

And what do you want to bet that these fake sports memorabilia are probably made in the same Chinese factories as the certified sports memorabilia? It’s extremely unlikely that they are made in Pittsburgh.

Probably the only difference is that the team owners don’t get their cut of the profits. And probably those owners are big political donors.


4 posted on 12/30/2010 2:21:20 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RS_Rider

Great. The owners in the the NHL have their personal police force...while the farmer-taxpayer on the Southern Border...gets the big fat extended middle-finger from Janet Napolitano.

Houston...we have a problem....


5 posted on 12/30/2010 2:22:57 PM PST by mo
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To: Cicero

And the federal agents all get nice warm press box seats to enjoy
the games the little people can’t afford, all in the name
of a safer homeland.


6 posted on 12/30/2010 2:25:07 PM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: mo

“Great. The owners in the the NHL have their personal police force”

What do you think the chances are that some elected or appointed bureaucrat
has some skin in the game so far as “official merchandise”
getting to the customer without any market interference.


7 posted on 12/30/2010 2:30:18 PM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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8 posted on 12/30/2010 2:34:15 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: RS_Rider

now that’s cynical!!


9 posted on 12/30/2010 2:37:03 PM PST by mo
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To: RS_Rider

Winter Classic:

The NHL trying desperately to copy the “Cold War” and the “Big Chill.”

I doubt they will get the attendance those two had. Only the crazy people from Michigan, including yours truly, would create and attendance of over 113,000.


10 posted on 12/30/2010 2:55:01 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Cicero

All ‘certified’ NHL Jerseys, be they “Authentic”, “Premier Replica” or “Replica” (the three levels of quality) are made in Canada.


11 posted on 12/30/2010 2:57:45 PM PST by Behemothpanzer (You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.)
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To: RS_Rider

My wife ordered a t-shirt from NHL.COM for the Pens. It was $30. We sent it back. You could red a newspaper thru it. It was GARBAGE!!!!


12 posted on 12/30/2010 3:01:59 PM PST by Plumres
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To: Behemothpanzer

Sorry, that’s not entirely correct - the Jerseys worn on the Ice, the “Authentic” and “Premier Replica” are made in Canada, the “Replica” jerseys are made in Indonesia.


13 posted on 12/30/2010 3:02:41 PM PST by Behemothpanzer (You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.)
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To: RS_Rider

Homeland Insanity can't be bothered to guard the borders, but don't try to sell an unlicensed jersey on Ebay!

14 posted on 12/30/2010 3:23:13 PM PST by iowamark
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To: martin_fierro

Last summer the agents swarmed the counterfeitters at the flea market in Rogers, OH


15 posted on 12/30/2010 3:36:44 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Skin-color counters are bigots!!...(thanks paulycy))
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To: Behemothpanzer
"he Jerseys worn on the Ice, the “Authentic” and “Premier Replica” are made in Canada, the “Replica” jerseys are made in Indonesia."

And I'd bet a bunch the "Counterfeit" items are also made in Indonesia - at the same factory as the "real" ones...

It's what we get for dealing with people who have not the slightest idea what the word "ethics" means.

16 posted on 12/30/2010 3:38:46 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Cicero

Political donors or not, it used to be a principle of conservatives that the control of one’s trademarks and other intellectual property was a good thing.


17 posted on 12/30/2010 3:54:20 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Redbob

You’d think, but it’s actually pretty easy to spot counterfeit hockey jerseys. They tend to be quite different from the ‘real’ ones, making it unlikely they’re coming from the same factory. I’m kind of a ridiculous hockey fan (I am Canadian after all) and the internet forums are filled with people posting photos of hilarious fakes. The colours are wrong, the stitching is always garbage, etc. etc.

Counterfeiting is naked, unethical capitalism, plain and simple. It’s people who are willing to break the law to make a buck. Not unlike “Undocumented Workers”.


18 posted on 12/30/2010 3:57:00 PM PST by Behemothpanzer (You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.)
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To: SoothingDave

I don’t think anyone objects to protecting copyright and property rights. It’s just a matter of what appears to be selective law enforcement.

They enforce some laws and ignore others.


19 posted on 12/30/2010 3:58:17 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Well, no one wants 100% enforcement of all laws all the time.

So, can you suggest a better target for intercepting counterfeits than those being sent wholesale to the NHL’s largest event of the year?


20 posted on 12/30/2010 4:02:15 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Cicero

Oh I don’t know if that’s entirely accurate. I’m imagining that this “cross agency task force” probably amounted to a team of about six or eight people having meetings once a month and sending emails, phone calls and memos back and forth.

It’s actually probably a pretty decent use of agency resources, lessons learned in intercepting this kind of illegal merchandise can be applied towards narcotics and human trafficking.

Now if this was a team of eighty agents working for a year, costing millions to intercept a hundred and thirty grand worth of crappy Crosby jerseys THAT would be a colossal waste.

And, slightly off topic, I’m really REALLY looking forward to the game on Saturday. It’s too bad Crosby’s point streak was broken last night because it would have been amazing to see it on the line against the Caps outside, but Crosby v. Ovechkin is always a good game, even if Sid the Kid has put himself into a different league than Alexander the Great this season.

I know hockey isn’t the biggest deal in America, but there really isn’t a better sport to watch live. Anyone want to know why Hockey is the most awesome and perfect sport in existence? I’d be happy to let you know. ;)


21 posted on 12/30/2010 4:15:59 PM PST by Behemothpanzer (You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.)
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To: Behemothpanzer; SoothingDave

Since FR IS a political forum, allow me to paraphrase ;oe Biden...in our house hockey ‘is a big ‘effing deal.’ And, to the true believers, knock off jerseys can be spotted rows of seats away.

Sons and son in law going to the “Mario” game tomorrow. Daughter and s-i-l going to ‘the game’ Saturday. And we have our officially Lemieux Group licensed Terrible Towels nkat ready.


22 posted on 12/30/2010 4:27:07 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ('We are coming out of our trance, we are coming out of our nightmare...' <3Michele Bachmann)
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To: martin_fierro
"Much of the fake goods are medicines and electronics ..."

HUH???

23 posted on 12/30/2010 4:53:54 PM PST by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: airborne

You don’t have any Pascal Dupuis chewable vitamins?


24 posted on 12/30/2010 6:45:26 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: airborne

A local blogger’s take on the festivities:

http://maryohsocontrary.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/homeland-security-keeping-da-burgh-safe/


25 posted on 12/30/2010 8:47:36 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ('We are coming out of our trance, we are coming out of our nightmare...' <3Michele Bachmann)
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To: RS_Rider
I had the same thought when I heard this reported on the radio.

How is it that I'M responsible if I get caught wearing a shirt without the proper ID(logo), but a person without the proper ID is free to collect welfare, medicaid food stamps..... and there are plenty of feds about to ensure all the merchandise is legal.

26 posted on 12/31/2010 2:35:53 PM PST by infidel29 (Since 0bama is NOT a uniter, can we change the acronym to just plain P.O.S.?)
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