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    193 watches seized by O'Hare Airport Customs, Chicago

    Here's the digital article contents: If you're in Chicago and wondering when you're watch is going to arrive...

    CHICAGO (CBS) — United States Customs and Border Protection officers seized 193 counterfeit watches worth more than $3.1 million at the International Mail Facility at Chicago O’Hare between June 21 and July 6, CBP officials confirm.

    CBP officers seized 175 parcels, most of which were inspected because they were mis-manifested and had x-ray anomalies.Most of the watches were Rolex. The watches were inspected and appraised by an import specialist, and most were deemed counterfeit due to poor package, low value and poor quality. If the watches were real, the value would have been $3,172,438.

    #2
    I saw this article as well... O'Hare is also a shipping hub, I'm curious to know if any of RWI's members lost watches
    It's me, Mayhem.

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      #3
      Do you know how many packages come through to ORD port each year? Last year there were 144 million express shipments and 463 million international mail shipments. That is not even 1%...

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        #4
        Originally posted by KDOGKDOG View Post
        CHICAGO (CBS) — United States Customs and Border Protection officers seized 193 counterfeit watches worth more than $3.1 million at the International Mail Facility at Chicago O’Hare between June 21 and July 6, CBP officials confirm.
        I don't know about them, but at my place 3.1 million divided by 193 equals around 16k dollars...

        Do they really think that reps are worth 16k each? Or do they just suck at math?



        Edit: didn't read the second part, "if the watches were real" LMAO
        Last edited by mari115; 13-07-20, 17:32.
        "What's the biggest tell in a rep?"

        "You!"

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          #5
          Originally posted by mari115 View Post

          I don't know about them, but at my place 3.1 million divided by 193 equals around 16k dollars...

          Do they really think that reps are worth 16k each? Or do they just suck at math?



          Edit: didn't read the second part, "if the watches were real" LMAO
          Authorities always go on the gen value.

          Edit: didn't spot you already spotted it...
          Last edited by muiramas; 13-07-20, 18:14.

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            #6
            I'm waiting on an m2m from Singapore since June 10th. I'm hoping it'll come through.

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              #7
              Just in case, make sure you have a valid passport and stack of cash.

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                #8
                ^ and quickly make your way to the nearest RWI safe house...

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                  #9
                  Chicago (like NYC and San Francisco) are international service centers for USPS and hence the landing hub for foreign parcels. Random inspection happens all the time, this news is nothing alarming.

                  What the article probably neglects to tell you is that for every 1 Rep watch seized, they let go through 250+ rep packages.

                  In summer of 2019, I had a package (1 Noob Daytona, 1 ARF Daytona, 1 CF bezel, 1 ARF Bracelet) opened up by CBP. Andrew (Trusty) managed to make some phone calls and get the EMS package released. After being stuck at customs for 3 weeks, the watches came to me with blue US Customs Inspected stickers in each of the watch case. I will pleasantly surprised and shocked at the same time

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by srhoque View Post
                    Chicago (like NYC and San Francisco) are international service centers for USPS and hence the landing hub for foreign parcels. Random inspection happens all the time, this news is nothing alarming.

                    What the article probably neglects to tell you is that for every 1 Rep watch seized, they let go through 250+ rep packages.

                    In summer of 2019, I had a package (1 Noob Daytona, 1 ARF Daytona, 1 CF bezel, 1 ARF Bracelet) opened up by CBP. Andrew (Trusty) managed to make some phone calls and get the EMS package released. After being stuck at customs for 3 weeks, the watches came to me with blue US Customs Inspected stickers in each of the watch case. I will pleasantly surprised and shocked at the same time
                    That is surprising. I'm hoping my package gets through

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                      #11
                      I would tend to believe that those seizure are not from package sent by TDs, who knows better how to send stuff without triggering xray warning and incorrect manifests
                      Put a watch in it, label it as watch, timer or anything else and nothing will be out of the ordinary, imagine the shear amount of weird brand coming from Aliexpress, that are fully legit and sent everydays for low values

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