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(CNN)   Sleep well, America: the Department of Homeland Security has seized over $17 million in counterfeit NFL merchandise   (cnn.com) divider line 59
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2013-02-24 12:23:03 AM
WEll, I for one can sleep easier knowing that the outrageous prices I pay for my NFL crap is going to genuine NFL crap instead of counterfeit crap.  I mean merchandise.
 
2013-02-24 12:24:11 AM
Thanks Guys! I feel that the homeland is now more secure from capitalist scum.
 
2013-02-24 12:32:02 AM
Did they seize everything from that fake team, the Florida Panthers. I mean, a joke's a joke but going so far as to convince people to buy merchandise is going to far.
 
2013-02-24 01:48:33 AM

Fecal Conservative: Thanks Guys! I feel that the homeland is now more secure from capitalist scum.


Sees what you did there.

Came to say this.
 
2013-02-24 02:40:30 AM
I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.
 
2013-02-24 03:04:06 AM
Profits from counterfeit goods could be funding terrorism.
We don't really know that for sure. Can't really say that it is happening at all. But it is better to be safe than sorry. So rest assured citizen. We are protecting your freedoms.
You are welcome
DHS

Also, don't complain about school taxes when your family, homes, cars, office are decked out with high priced sports crap.
 
2013-02-24 04:15:21 AM

Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.


Customs is part of DHS.
 
2013-02-24 04:41:24 AM

Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.


Someone's kid is having a birthday party, and they needed the "gifts?"
 
2013-02-24 07:15:45 AM

Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.


As pointed out before, there's a lot more to the Department of Homeland Security than just the TSA and airport police.

Fecal Conservative: Thanks Guys! I feel that the homeland is now more secure from capitalist scum.


It's a lot more complicated than that, actually. A lot of counterfeit goods trace back to organized crime, slave labor, and terrorist elements, and the money is funneled back into them from the sales. There's a reason that this stuff is sold on street kiosks and through ebay, and not through legitimate retail storefronts.
 
2013-02-24 07:35:31 AM
So Customs does their job and we're supposed to snark why?
 
2013-02-24 07:43:59 AM
Thank God they're there to protect us from the criminals who'd sell us $3 worth of cloth for $25 so now we can go to the Team Store and buy the same $3 worth of cloth for $300 (plus shipping)
 
2013-02-24 07:51:16 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Thank God they're there to protect us from the criminals who'd sell us $3 worth of cloth for $25 so now we can go to the Team Store and buy the same $3 worth of cloth for $300 (plus shipping)


Right, three dollars worth of cloth.
 
2013-02-24 08:35:45 AM
Hey, legitimate NFL merchandise is worth protecting, even if it takes a gun.  Even if you got to storm into a hotel room and take it back by force with a gun.  NFL merchandise needs to be legit and in the right hands of the legitimate owner.  Just ask OJ.  He'll tell you, when the courts fail you, take the NFL merchandise/collectibles back by whatever means necessary.  OJ is our nation's hero, showing us how to deal with divorce and missing collectibles with class and determination.  GO JUICE!

/I KID
 
2013-02-24 08:51:24 AM
So, when is my jersey going to arrive?
 
2013-02-24 08:53:44 AM
I'm okay with this.

And I'm no fan of the NFL - Bum Phillips played a huge role in that, but it's their logo and their trademarks and if you're stupid enough to buy NFL merchandise then you should pay the NFL the money, not some counterfeiter.

/now I shall ponder if I should still be bitter about an ex-gf stealing my bootlegged Jimmy Buffet concert t-shirt
//meh, I knew it was bootlegged when I bought it. It was only $10 which is about $2 more than that stupid biatch.
///still would like the t-shirt back
 
2013-02-24 08:55:58 AM

BronyMedic: Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.

As pointed out before, there's a lot more to the Department of Homeland Security than just the TSA and airport police.

Fecal Conservative: Thanks Guys! I feel that the homeland is now more secure from capitalist scum.

It's a lot more complicated than that, actually. A lot of counterfeit goods trace back to organized crime, slave labor, and terrorist elements, and the money is funneled back into them from the sales. There's a reason that this stuff is sold on street kiosks and through ebay, and not through legitimate retail storefronts.


I'd argue that lots of legitimate goods are tied to those nefarious organizations, too.  Apple products, Nike stuff, etc.  The biggest difference here is that Goodell won't get this thirty pieces of silver in addition.
 
2013-02-24 08:59:38 AM
the irony here being all the official stuff is made in china while all the counterfeits were made in the usa
 
2013-02-24 09:01:19 AM
cdn.bleacherreport.net
 
2013-02-24 09:02:07 AM
So that's like, what? 100 jerseys?
 
2013-02-24 09:08:19 AM
This is why I only buy merchandise that has a Certificate of Authenticity.


A real Certificate of Authenticity, not a fake one.
 
2013-02-24 09:18:31 AM

JerseyTim: So Customs does their job and we're supposed to snark why?


Because Farkers love nothing more than going off half-cocked.  Who needs a clue when you feel self-righteous?
Also, if you folks think NFL merch prices are outrageous, stop buying it.  Supply and demand is in full effect.
 
2013-02-24 09:28:05 AM
what gets me is that people actually by football crap.
 
2013-02-24 09:32:57 AM
Dunno about you guys, but I'm enthused that millions and millions of dollars spent on homeland security is doing its job... of protecting corporate interests.
 
2013-02-24 09:42:18 AM
As someone who has bought fake jerseys from a Cinese site, I'm getting a kick...

Seriously, $20 for a $150 jersey, and they're indistinguishable.  It's not cheap knockoff crap, it's real sewn on letters, holograms, the works.  I think they're "third shift" gear.  Made in the real factories, just "unauthorized"
 
2013-02-24 09:42:37 AM

BronyMedic: Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.

As pointed out before, there's a lot more to the Department of Homeland Security than just the TSA and airport police.

Fecal Conservative: Thanks Guys! I feel that the homeland is now more secure from capitalist scum.

It's a lot more complicated than that, actually. A lot of counterfeit goods trace back to organized crime, slave labor, and terrorist elements, and the money is funneled back into them from the sales. There's a reason that this stuff is sold on street kiosks and through ebay, and not through legitimate retail storefronts.


Oh you are serious.
 
2013-02-24 09:51:22 AM
Oh good, now they have something to wear while using their new boat
 
2013-02-24 09:53:08 AM
How does one go about finding slave labor?  I have a line of clothing I'm considering having made.  This won't involve picking cotton or anything.
 
2013-02-24 09:55:17 AM

theflinx: what gets me is that people actually by football crap.


People have to have something to build their identity around.
 
2013-02-24 10:07:44 AM

BronyMedic: A lot of counterfeit goods trace back to organized crime, slave labor, and terrorist elements, and the money is funneled back into them from the sales.


So.... just like the legitimate merchandise manufactured in third world countries?
 
2013-02-24 10:19:50 AM

Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.


Because corporations are people, and some people are more equal than others.
 
2013-02-24 10:22:36 AM

Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.


You'd better keep your eye out for drones, buddy.  You just went on the list.
 
2013-02-24 10:31:06 AM

Alphax: I have no idea why 'homeland security' would care about such things.


That is because the Department of Homeland Security includes most federal law enforcement including enforcing laws that have nothing to do with security.

Law enforcement is and should be interested in counterfeit merchandise.
 
2013-02-24 10:44:08 AM

Cpl.D: Dunno about you guys, but I'm enthused that millions and millions of dollars spent on homeland security is doing its job... of protecting corporate interests.


Why do think the cbp cuts fell like this:
Customs keep most of their pay, border patrol loses 40% (businesses WANT cheap labor), and rumor has it ICE will keep their pay by reducing their workload (less aliens in detention, which ICE pays, means money saved).

For all the secure borders talk on both sides, people in power don't care about it. At least not as it affects us
 
2013-02-24 10:45:11 AM
The effort  also looked at counterfeit tickets, specifically for the Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game. This led to the confiscation of 168 tickets valued at more than $154,000.

Huh? Wouldn't the tickets be worth $0 because they're counterfeit?
 
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2013-02-24 11:12:40 AM
At NFL prices, the picture in the article shows all of the confiscated merchandise.
 
2013-02-24 11:28:31 AM
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States of America and U.S. territories (including Protectorates) from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. Despite the Department of the Interior's name, DHS is the equivalent to the Interior ministries of other countries, not the Department of the Interior. In fiscal year 2011, DHS was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion.


Yuuup, right there, protect the PROFITS of the NFL.

Plain as day.

This country is now just a mercenary force for the Rich and Famous.
 
2013-02-24 11:29:17 AM

oh_please: The effort  also looked at counterfeit tickets, specifically for the Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game. This led to the confiscation of 168 tickets valued at more than $154,000.

Huh? Wouldn't the tickets be worth $0 because they're counterfeit?


Is this snark, or do you not realize the value is based off potential sale price?
 
2013-02-24 11:32:04 AM

Smackledorfer: oh_please: The effort  also looked at counterfeit tickets, specifically for the Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game. This led to the confiscation of 168 tickets valued at more than $154,000.

Huh? Wouldn't the tickets be worth $0 because they're counterfeit?

Is this snark, or do you not realize the value is based off potential sale price?


Cop math.
Peak Potential Price!
 
2013-02-24 11:33:23 AM

snocone: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States of America and U.S. territories (including Protectorates) from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. Despite the Department of the Interior's name, DHS is the equivalent to the Interior ministries of other countries, not the Department of the Interior. In fiscal year 2011, DHS was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion.


Yuuup, right there, protect the PROFITS of the NFL.

Plain as day.

This country is now just a mercenary force for the Rich and Famous.


Customs and Border Protection is part of the dhs umbrella.

Do you think we should have no customs agents?

If we have them, why shouldn't they share info closely with more terror-oriented agencies?

Your post implies you think corporations bought an anti-terror agency and twisted them to enforce customs laws. Customs has been managing ports since before you were born.
 
2013-02-24 11:35:04 AM

snocone: Smackledorfer: oh_please: The effort  also looked at counterfeit tickets, specifically for the Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game. This led to the confiscation of 168 tickets valued at more than $154,000.

Huh? Wouldn't the tickets be worth $0 because they're counterfeit?

Is this snark, or do you not realize the value is based off potential sale price?

Cop math.
Peak Potential Price!


While I agree they estimate high, counterfeit and illegal goods still have value.

Do you disagree?
 
2013-02-24 11:54:06 AM
The Department for the Security of the Fatherland and Annexed States is really kicking some ass.
 
2013-02-24 12:02:05 PM

Smackledorfer: snocone: Smackledorfer: oh_please: The effort  also looked at counterfeit tickets, specifically for the Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game. This led to the confiscation of 168 tickets valued at more than $154,000.

Huh? Wouldn't the tickets be worth $0 because they're counterfeit?

Is this snark, or do you not realize the value is based off potential sale price?

Cop math.
Peak Potential Price!

While I agree they estimate high, counterfeit and illegal goods still have value.

Do you disagree?


Works out to about $920 a ticket.  I'm no expert on counterfeit tickets, but if they sell them at roughly the same price as the real deal, that's pretty believable
 
2013-02-24 12:02:21 PM

Smackledorfer: snocone: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States of America and U.S. territories (including Protectorates) from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. Despite the Department of the Interior's name, DHS is the equivalent to the Interior ministries of other countries, not the Department of the Interior. In fiscal year 2011, DHS was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion.


Yuuup, right there, protect the PROFITS of the NFL.

Plain as day.

This country is now just a mercenary force for the Rich and Famous.

Customs and Border Protection is part of the dhs umbrella.

Do you think we should have no customs agents?

If we have them, why shouldn't they share info closely with more terror-oriented agencies?

Your post implies you think corporations bought an anti-terror agency and twisted them to enforce customs laws. Customs has been managing ports since before you were born.


Remember, child, your implications ARE YOURS.
We had and have customs w/o all the White Out of the Constitution.
The powers granted to DHS were a falsely flagged lesson in imposing authority on this country's citizens.
Nothing but incremental distruction of the Old USA is the marching order.

Playing stupid does not hide the big picture.
 
2013-02-24 12:04:24 PM
Folks, the New World Order does not include the USA.
It must be destroyed to get to NWO.
 
2013-02-24 12:39:28 PM
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY???

How is counterfeit NFL merch making us less safe?
What's that?
Counterfeit merch is the same as the sin of a high magazine capacity?
ORLY
 
2013-02-24 12:53:17 PM
You can get a good CK7 jersey, embroidered or sewen in for $20 plus $30 or so in shipping. Or you can get an official screen printed jersey for $100 plus $20 or so in shipping. Often, they're from the same sweatshop in China. Sorry Roger, the market has spoken, and your products have been judged to be overpriced.

By the way, if I order one of these jerseys and it gets seized, can somebody explain how this is not mail tampering, which is an actual federal offense?

Also, are the replacement refs going to be seized as counterfeit, too?
 
2013-02-24 01:10:22 PM

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: You can get a good CK7 jersey, embroidered or sewen in for $20 plus $30 or so in shipping. Or you can get an official screen printed jersey for $100 plus $20 or so in shipping. Often, they're from the same sweatshop in China. Sorry Roger, the market has spoken, and your products have been judged to be overpriced.

By the way, if I order one of these jerseys and it gets seized, can somebody explain how this is not mail tampering, which is an actual federal offense?

Also, are the replacement refs going to be seized as counterfeit, too?


If I had a good friend that owned an embroidery shop that does the $9 imported jerseys into $100 jerseys for a pro football team, I would be getting a kick out of,,,

I would then share a CSB where this one time, at local watering hole, 12 of us wore the signature coach's shirt for the day coach showed up in his "new, exclusive, you can't have one" team shirt.
 
2013-02-24 01:24:48 PM
And people wonder why we're cynics.
 
2013-02-24 01:28:12 PM

dryknife: This is why I only buy merchandise that has a Certificate of Authenticity.


A real Certificate of Authenticity, not a fake one.


But how can you be sure it's a real certificate of authenticity, without a certificate of authenticity?
 
2013-02-24 01:29:21 PM

Sim Tree: dryknife: This is why I only buy merchandise that has a Certificate of Authenticity.


A real Certificate of Authenticity, not a fake one.

But how can you be sure it's a real certificate of authenticity, without a certificate of authenticity?


The "real" ones are shrinkwrapped.
 
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