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Old 24.02.2011, 23:24
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Re: My Louis Vuitton @ Geneva Airport's Customs

The only thing I took away from this story is : why would anyone pay 1000 CHF for a bag????
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Old 24.02.2011, 23:28
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While saying that, can they still check/take your fake handbag ,even when bought a year ago,used it and you happen to have it with you on a random flight?
What about...suppose I.., no..suppose One had a NorthFace Jacket, bought cheap from 'nother country way, way east of here, cosy cuddly warm, ten years old now, worn in at least that many countries and ..maybe....several times in..uumm... and ..out..and into Switzerland..... just hypothetically...of course... d'you think a customs officer would try to confiscate it? Just wondering... in theory.....
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Old 24.02.2011, 23:31
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Isn't that what happened to the OP?
There is my question, if you come back from holidays to countries known for counterfit goods yes, but say you do a small trip to Berlin,Dublin or Brussels for all i care, and the goods are in use for a while, they can't realy take it away now can they? (jacket,handbag, wallet etc)

Unless you come from say Turkey,showing of a new fake prada bag, and a suitcase full of Nike Tshirts with a Puma label in it..then yes, but they can hardly randomly check and take, when it is being used for so long?
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Old 24.02.2011, 23:44
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There is my question, if you come back from holidays to countries known for counterfit goods yes, but say you do a small trip to Berlin,Dublin or Brussels for all i care, and the goods are in use for a while, they can't realy take it away now can they?

Unless you come from say Turkey,showing of a new fake prada bag, and a suitcase full of Nike Tshirts with a Puma label in it..then yes, but they can hardly randomly check and take, when it is beeing used for so long?
I got the impression from the OP that the make up bag was old and used...

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Basically this trousse was an old gift from my friend.
.. and that's why it shocked me. I can't think of anything I have that's a designer fake, but I know people that do that wouldn't even think of it. For example shoes or shirts from Thailand that are almost worn out... maybe they'd take the shoes off your feet and 'destroy' them.

From the site quoted in previous post:

"It is strictly prohibited to import into or export from Swiss customs territory counterfeited trademarks and counterfeited designs. This also applies to tourist traffic goods for personal use which are imported, exported or are in transit. Counterfeits may be confiscated and destroyed when crossing the border. It's thereby not important whether these goods are new or already used."
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

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Old 24.02.2011, 23:48
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I got the impression from the OP that the make up bag was old and used...



.. and that's why it shocked me. I can't think of anything I have that's a designer fake, but I know people that do that wouldn't even think of it. For example shoes or shirts from Thailand that are almost worn out... maybe they'd take the shoes off your feet and 'destroy' them.
Exactly, so a tshirt bought abroad on holidays can be stripped of you because its fake? remind me to fligh from another airport , never had that troubles in Brussels..

Only when you come from holidays and they find fake stuff yes, but to check for fake items,even when old and used..that is harsh..

As said,never mind the taking away part, its the fact they notify the designer/factory of it,and they can claim money.

Edit, saw your edit Yasmine.. djeez..picky people thanks

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Old 25.02.2011, 00:01
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I don't think it's too likely for a tshirt, or some shoes if it's not a designer like LV, I just know most of the LV bags I saw in the UK were fake. For that reason, I don't understand why you would pay 1000chf when you can grab one for a tenner at the market!

I wouldn't worry too much about some old tshirts, if in doubt one could suggest that you cut out the labels...! Not me though, I'm gunna step back at the risk of being sued for something...
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Old 25.02.2011, 05:42
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Re: My Louis Vuitton @ Geneva Airport's Customs

Honestly, how far is this going to go...So they are going to start taking old used items and sue people over hor original they are? Does not sound like it is going to bring LV more keen buyers and the right kind of publicity. It's just pestering the wrong crowd, especially if people (like OP) have already been their customer for a while..In terms of marketing and strategic thinking, no sense. I would probably not write to the lawyer, but to some media, instead. A present is a present, who cares my buddy had no real cash to buy the real deal. Why should the one who received the present be penalized? Reminds me the whole strange custom thing here, you receive a gift by mail that you have to pay the customs for. Bizarro.
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I landed in Geneva airport 2 weeks ago. I knew i will be searched at the customs, like everytime.
^^^ This is the bit I don't get.

I have been through airports literally 100s of times over the years including about 10 times through Geneva and have only once been stopped just once in the green channel at Zurich and then not searched. I was asked where I had flown from. I replied the UK and was waved on...
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The only thing I took away from this story is : why would anyone pay 1000 CHF for a bag????

Because people can afford it and want something a little different both in terms of quality and style that the local Manor or whatever offers.

You could ask the same question of anything, why do we buy Kellogs cornflakes ratrher than M-Budget, why do we buy a Dacia Logan when we could have a Mercedes.

I believe Karl Marx wrote quite an entertaining tome on the subject.
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^^^ This is the bit I don't get.

I have been through airports literally 100s of times over the years including about 10 times through Geneva and have only once been stopped just once in the green channel at Zurich and then not searched. I was asked where I had flown from. I replied the UK and was waved on...
I was thinking exactly the same thing.

Customs are trained to read people as they come past and look for telltale body language that something isn't right. Perhaps if you think you are going to be stopped everytime, you subconsciously act like you should be stopped?

Eta are customs staff now trained to know all the intricacies of designer goods, so they can spot the really good fakes? Eg I've heard that some watch fakes are so good now that it would take a watchmaker to tell the difference, even down to using the same automatic movement a lot of watchmakers now use in their lower end watches (outsourced to China - did they really think that one through?)
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Old 25.02.2011, 06:52
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Re: My Louis Vuitton @ Geneva Airport's Customs

I think the best bet for the OP, (now she's beyond customs), is to tell LV that a stranger approached her at the departure airport and asked if she could carry this small item for him, as his bags were full to capacity.
As she liked it, and it matched her other luggage (almost), she decided to remove the small bags of white powder and fill it with her own cosmetics, and keep it for herself.

Alternatively, consider the 200 chufs fine as your cheapest option and bite the bullet. Afterwards you can have a ceremonial burning of your other LV pieces, in protest, and post the video on You Tube.

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I landed in Geneva airport 2 weeks ago. I knew i will be searched at the customs, like everytime.
In the meantime you may want to consider wearing a different t-shirt, when travelling.

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Old 25.02.2011, 06:56
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The only thing I took away from this story is : why would anyone pay 1000 CHF for a bag????

because for some people 1000 is trivial for purchasing a bag that looks nice and makes them feel comfortable and confident.

If I saw a bag that fit all the practically I so sorely need, and the look and style when I had it, made me feel like I could take over the world, I wouldn't hesitate droping a few K on it. That being said, I do not foresee such a bag, or me being so shallow, but eitherway, to each their own.
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Old 25.02.2011, 06:57
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I shouted at him saying, I paid more than a 1000 CHF for these 2, so you have to see it is real ones and not fake.
your error. NEVER do it. They are the Masters, they have the power.
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Anyway this is not it, today i received a post from the lawyer of Louis Vuitton asking me to pay a fine of 200 CHF, or LV will SUE ME!!!!
Pay. What can you do else, attack them ?
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.... because for some people 1000 is trivial for purchasing a bag that looks nice and makes them feel comfortable and confident.
If that is the case , then the CHF200 fine/compensation claim should be small change for the OP.

But, personally, now I'm aware of this counterfeit control, I shall always remove my "s-Watch" from my wrist before the customs checkpoint.
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If that is the case , then the CHF200 fine/compensation claim should be small change for the OP.

But, personally, now I'm aware of this counterfeit control, I shall always remove my "s-Watch" from my wrist before the customs checkpoint.

Definitely agree here. As custom fees and general fees go, 200- is not that bad. If they were to jump into my BBerry and possibly find a MP3 that might be copied, I might feel differently though
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Does not sound like it is going to bring LV more keen buyers
They are just protecting their market and their intellectual property. You're probably right - most people who buy fakes aren't going out tomorrow to their local LV boutique.

The people who can afford a LV bag are more likely to buy one when it retains its exclusivity because LV are cracking down so everyone on the street isn't carrying a 10 quid copy.

To those that ask why people pay that sort of money for a bag? I don't understand it either, but then they might not understand why I paid the best part of a grand for an iPad.
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Re: My Louis Vuitton @ Geneva Airport's Customs

When I was in Turkey last year I wanted to buy something for my son, but EVERYTHING on sale, that he would like was, after seeing the price, an obvious fake!

As I mentioned earlier, I bought the Tommy Hilfiger shirt for my son at a market, it was about CHF 10 , and I cut the inside label out (This showed the Hilfiger brand name, the size etc.)

When I arrived at Basel I went through the red channel and showed them the shirt. This is wise, as technically I had not imported the shirt yet, and would not be fined but I risked confiscation. The customs officer explained that removing the label wasn't enough, I would have to cut out the motif by the left nipple and that would leave a hole in the shirt. Anyway she said that as I was honest this time I could keep the shirt.

You might be wondering how these fakes are made so cheaply. The answer is the factories in the third world make say 100,000 shirts for Hilfiger. Then on the night shift they make another 50,000 and sell these as fakes. So the difference in pricing is mainly the profit the brand names are making. Which fool pays Fr 1,000 for a Fr 30 bag? Not me!
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At the same i had another 2 real Louis vuitton bag and porte-cle that the guy was examining for half an hour. I shouted at him saying, I paid more than a 1000 CHF for these 2, so you have to see it is real ones and not fake.

...and i didnt know,it was fake...
Owns (at least) 2 real ones and can't spot the fake? Hmmm.

Seems to me like you got caught breaking the law. I always remember hearing that "ignorance of the law is no excuse". Unlucky that you got caught and you didn't know, pay the fine and send a copy of it to the friend who gave you the fake and ask them to replace it with a real one.
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The only thing I took away from this story is : why would anyone pay 1000 CHF for a bag????
Oh they are sooo pretty and soft...
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Owns (at least) 2 real ones and can't spot the fake? Hmmm.
The problem is these are not always fakes, they are simply copies from the same production runs. With a watch and a serial number the copy can easily be picked up; but maybe you buy a bag in Zürich for Fr 1'000 and then get stopped returning from Asia a week later. How can you prove it is not a fake? You will in future have to carry all the receipts for all the stuff you have bought in Switzerland with you when you travel abroad.
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