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  • More than $10 Million in Counterfeit Apple iPods Recovered


    The LA Times is reporting that more than $10 million in counterfeit and stolen goods were recovered by Los Angeles Port Police. Among the items were iPod, iPhones and other various electronics.

    The items were found in a sophisticated downtown warehouse in Los Angeles and it seems the primary focus was Apple products, and pushing them onto the market. Many of these knock-offs were iPod Nano look-a-likes, a product that Apple still sells well.

    "This was a well-funded operation, and the counterfeits looked very authentic,"
    The items seem to have come from Asia, and had a value of more than $1.4 million. Also found by police were stolen electronics, toys and blankets worth about $2.5 million and bank receipts that show the group made more than $7 million in profits.

    Source: Fake iPods: Counterfeit iPods and iPhones are seized from downtown warehouses - latimes.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: More than $10 Million in Counterfeit Apple iPods Recovered started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      This iBlack Market has been going on for a long time. This group has obviously been doing this for a number of years. About time one of the groups got caught.
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Dang, would of spent my
      Money on a few of those
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      On the right, those look like the PSP-shaped LCD games that aren't even remotely the same thing as a counterfeit PSP. I'm pretty sure the iPods were the same way... just iPod-shaped/colored MP3 players with a completely different interface.

      Quote Originally Posted by Dazz187s View Post
      Dang, would of spent my
      Money on a few of those
      You "would HAVE" spent your money.
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      On the right, those look like the PSP-shaped LCD games that aren't even remotely the same thing as a counterfeit PSP. I'm pretty sure the iPods were the same way... just iPod-shaped/colored MP3 players with a completely different interface.



      You "would HAVE" spent your money.
      GTFOH! It's 6 am and you're already giving English lessons?

      Wanna be ubercorrected? Your ellipses punctuation is wrong!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Maybe this is why it seems there's so much iPod and iPhone production but apple still runs out
    1. lilrican21's Avatar
      lilrican21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JLick View Post
      GTFOH! It's 6 am and you're already giving English lessons?

      Wanna be ubercorrected? Your ellipses punctuation is wrong!
      lmao grammar police. I feel you man. I havent even had my coffee yet.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      crazy and yeah its goign on everywhere.. im kinda sitting and laughing becasue they are all happy theyy caught 1.6mill worth of knock-off waht about the 100mill they spent on products that are now sold or w/e or who would keep all their product in one location? if they're smart enough to make 7mill im sure they are smart enough not to keep everything in one place. And all this did i bet, is make publicity so now people like Dazz187s would go out buy them. not to mention if you dumb enough to buy it from some guy on the street for almost 1/2 the price. I truely hope you dont think its real.
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      Those PSPs are actually called POP Stations or PCP Stations. There's a British guy on YouTube that actually reviews these knock-offs. His channel name is Ashens.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Got to love LA and their knock offs!
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      They look just like the real thing :0

      Is mine counterfeit?
    1. Sarge78's Avatar
      Sarge78 -
      There are knock off iPhone4's floating all over out here in Afghanistan. The Soldiers buy them from the locals. I don't know how much they sell them for but they work on the networks out here...lol.

      They look pretty close to the originals, even have all the print on the back and the apple logo. When you pick them up they are way to light though. Of course the interface is way different to.
    1. rpoosua's Avatar
      rpoosua -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sarge78 View Post
      There are knock off iPhone4's floating all over out here in Afghanistan. The Soldiers buy them from the locals. I don't know how much they sell them for but they work on the networks out here...lol.

      They look pretty close to the originals, even have all the print on the back and the apple logo. When you pick them up they are way to light though. Of course the interface is way different to.
      The Haji sell them about $200. You can tell if its FAKE by the connection Mini USB like those old camera connection) and cheap plastic covering. and you cannot sync to iTune either.
    1. Sarge78's Avatar
      Sarge78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rpoosua View Post
      The Haji sell them about $200. You can tell if its FAKE by the connection Mini USB like those old camera connection) and cheap plastic covering. and you cannot sync to iTune either.
      Yeah it's dead obvious...lol.

      I feel sorry for any suckers that buy them thinking they are anything but a knock off.
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      that stuff looks pretty legit...man...i wonder what ebay account they were selling under
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sarge78 View Post
      Yeah it's dead obvious...lol.

      I feel sorry for any suckers that buy them thinking they are anything but a knock off.
      You look like a guy I was stationed with at Columbus AFB. You wouldn't happen to have been the First Shirt for the 14CS would you?
    1. chrism238's Avatar
      chrism238 -
      What? These items have been REcovered?
      Did the LA police own them in the first instance, and then lost them? Careless.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Apple will take these and re sell them as "Refurbished"
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      That's my devices
    1. Skizz's Avatar
      Skizz -
      Too hard to get drugs into the country so they try to smuggle toys. Lol
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      The scariest part is that store employees that are in on this kind of operation can switch out the real ones for these fake ones, and because you bought it from a big chain you'll think it's real. It's risky, but I'm sure it's happening - this kind of thing is big in a recession.