Customs agents seize 1,932 karaoke machines in Los Angeles

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 4:43 PM

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

The machines, worth nearly $1 million on the retail market, were found in a shipment at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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)

(This story was corrected to reflect the name of agency)