1.5K Counterfeit Hermes Purses Seized in LA
Would have been worth $14M if they were real
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2013 9:20 AM CST

(Newser) – Federal authorities found quite a stash at the Port of Los Angeles last month: 1,500 counterfeit Hermes purses, which would have been worth $14 million at their genuine selling price, the Los Angeles Times reports. The handbags, made in China and headed for sale in the US and Mexico, were part of two shipments seized two weeks apart, border officials announced yesterday. Other notable "luxury" seizures at the Southern California port complex have included 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes and nearly 79,000 pairs of sunglasses with design and logo similarities to Coach, Gucci, and Armani, notes the AP.

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Mar 6, 2013 10:59 AM CST
People are crazy for spending all that money on the real thing and those that buy the cheap knockoffs are just letting everyone know they're not RICH enough to afford the real thing. It smacks of desperation.
Mar 6, 2013 9:38 AM CST
I thought the sequester meant no more customs?
Mar 6, 2013 9:38 AM CST
That is a little under 10,000 a purse on average. Holy hell. If you pay 10,000 for a purse and get scammed does it really matter? 10,000 a purse, I could be driving one of those purses.