Customs agents seize 1,900 karaoke machines in L.A

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 2:48 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Customs officers have seized 1,932 karaoke machines bearing counterfeit logos, a Customs and Border Patrol spokesman said on Thursday.

The machines, worth an estimated $1 million on the retail market, were found in a shipment at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports, Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Jaime Ruiz said.

They arrived on a container ship from China and carried counterfeit markings identifying the manufacturer as SanDisk, Ruiz said.

A spokesman for SanDisk told Reuters the memory chip giant does not make karaoke machines.

Ruiz declined to say how customs import specialists determined the machines were counterfeit, but said they may have come from an importer or an area of China that does not match the product.

He said the counterfeit karaoke machines will likely be destroyed.

"Normally, with this type electronics they'll be destroyed because the trademark owner won't want to run any risk of putting the merchandise on the market at all, they just want the stuff destroyed," he said.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Jerry Norton)