Be careful when buying Jordans because there is definitely a vast amount of counterfeit Air Jordans swarming the market based on the latest bust at the Washington Dulles International Airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized nearly $55,000 in counterfeit Air Jordan sneakers that recently arrived as air cargo.
On December 15th, the faux footwear were shipped from China to Alexandria, Virgina in seven parcels. On Tuesday, CBP seized 400 pairs of various versions of Nike Air Jordans. According to the CBP, if these counterfeit Jordans were authentic, they would retail for $54,715. The CBP’s trade experts, known as Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, verified with Nike that the Jordans were faker than a LeBron flopping to get a charge.
“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to seize counterfeit and inferior merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers, negatively impact legitimate business brand reputations, and potentially steal jobs from U.S. workers,” said Daniel Mattina, CBP Acting Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, D.C.
Fake merchandise is a gargantuan business. In 2016, the CBP officers seized $3.8 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations PER DAY. Make sure you’re dealing with a reputable retailer when buying Jordans online so you don’t plop down $200 on fake kicks.