LA police seizes more than $10 million in fake iPods, iPhones, PSPs

By Emil ยท 15 replies
Feb 10, 2011
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  1. The Los Angeles Port Police has broken up an illegal operation selling counterfeit iPhones, iPods, PSPs, and other gadgets. The $10 million operation included seized products worth an estimated street value of more than $1.4 million, stolen electronics, toys, and blankets worth about $2.5 million, and bank account receipts showing that the operation had generated more than $7 million in profits until it was shut down.

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  2. emzdhr

    emzdhr TS Rookie

    wow.. they must be crying now..
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    "The goods were shipped from Asia..."

    Most likely China. No one is ever going to take them seriously as long as they're in the counterfeit mass-production business.
  4. Well those iPods look pretty authentic, but those PSPs look super fake. I still can't believe people fall for this crap all the time, just because they either don't research these things, or are suckers for what they think are "good deals".
  5. dedparrot

    dedparrot TS Rookie Posts: 67

    People already take Chine seriously because they're just very hard to ignore.

    China is the business capital of the world.
  6. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    China is a puppet. They provide slave labor to the world and only a few get rich and a small minority make it to a shaky middle class.China has been in this position in history before..they always get screwed by more powerful countries multi-national banks.
  7. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    See now this is something i can see being valid for the DoHS, not shutting down Streaming video websites.
  8. How can i get one of those?
  9. Royalgok

    Royalgok TS Member Posts: 33

    Err.. Ever wondered where your authentic iPod is made in?
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Seize $1.4m, unable to seize $7m. Looks like the L.A.Police have a liberal interpretation of what "success" entails. At least the confiscation of a few counterfeit iWhatevers should translate into lower numbers of counterfeit hipsters in the wild.
  11. mikeusru

    mikeusru TS Rookie Posts: 48

    lol for anyone who buys an ipod off a random guy on the street.
    Ebay has buyer protection and i'm still weary...
  12. if you look closely, all the boxes say "MP4" player on them. Were they repackaging them as apple ipods or something?
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Right! I think the ipods were real....the police were fake.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,020   +2,548

    Oh, they make it so hard to turn down, by tempting you with a free "genuine Rolex" that gets thrown in with every fake iPhone.
    Are you suggesting that there's another kind of hipster?

    You may however, have accidentally come up with a great new age insult! "He's as plastic as his iPhone". (real or otherwise). Works for me.

    I figure the real iPons leave via the front door, and the counterfeit iPons leave via the back door of the same Chinese factory. OK, I have a slight weakness for conspiracy theories.

    Hold everything, I just made a huge breakthrough in regards to a possible new Apple product! It's like this, an "iPon", would be better for a woman on the go than an "iPad", would it not? Marketing genius, if I do say so myself.
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Go bust some meth labs you panzys.
  16. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    "But officer, we're not selling these! These are all just for... ad agency photo sessions! Yeah, that's it. They're just models!"

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