Feds seize 185 counterfeit guitars worth over $1 million and local band sells fake guitars to its fans

Quite a expensive product already, how would you feel if you gifted a guitar to your musical friend or kid only to find out it is fake once they open the gift? What happens if you bought a counterfeit guitar 6 months ago and can’t file a charge back and now you are out of thousands and your special gift turned out to be special in a way you did not want?

Luckily the chances of this happening are lower thanks to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There is also another story of how a band member sold counterfeit guitars to fund his bands tour. Trust but verify folks.

Capture and destroy:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Bulk Mail Center in Jersey City, N.J.  have confiscated and will destroy more than 185 counterfeit guitars that would have sold for more than $1 million(MSRP).
An easy bust:

The counterfeits had the brand names of Gibson, Les Paul, Paul Reed Smith, and Martin. They were all labeled made in the USA. Why such a easy bust? Well if they are made in the USA, why are they being imported from China. That and CBP officer found major design flaws and poor packaging.

Happens all the time it seams: 

In the same sorting facility, officers found 180 counterfeit guitars bearing additional trademarks of Epiphone, Fender, Taylor, and Ernie Ball. A business card showing the website where these were sold listed the guitars at $200 to $500, but the MSRP for authentic guitars range anywhere from $2,000 for basic models to $54,000 for signature models.

Small bands selling fake guitars to fund tour:

I am a huge fan of some small bands and music artists. I would like to believe these artists would not sell counterfeit music instruments to me or other fans. However I could be wrong. Take this example of a band that sold counterfeit guitars to their fans in order to fund their music tour. I really have no idea what they were thinking when they decided to sell them. They can only lose fans this way. Produce good music, and people will pay for your merchandise and CD’s.

According to court documents, the foursome — at one point known as the Josh Davis Band — spent close to four years, from January 2008 until October 2011, buying generic guitars and slapping on them labels that said “C.F. Martin and Company Guitars,” “Guild Guitars Incorporated” and “Gibson Guitar Corporation.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that’s the band in the video above buying some of the “cheap, unbranded” guitars they’d eventually relabel and resell. Via DallasNews

What do you think. Leave a comment. Would you still listen and support a band if they sold you a fake guitar or sold one to someone else?



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