Unfortunately, retailers, and in this case, an innocent customer, sometime fall victim to fraudulent return activity. We are taking swift action to tighten our return procedures to prevent this situation from occurring again.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
Across the nation, authorities are beginning to crack down on imitation handbags, clothing and other high-end replicas. Today, Rodeo Drive Resale, premier reseller of 100% authentic guaranteed designer handbags and fashions including designer pieces such as Chanel bags, Hermes scarves and Tiffany & Co. jewelry, highlights the latest in the ongoing war against phony designer fashion.
South Carolina authorities busted a Georgetown man on charges of selling counterfeit goods at a local business. According to an August 9th, 2012, online report by The Sun News, officers arrested Antoine Quinsander Nelson, 33, and seized about $14,000 worth of counterfeit items and $5,000 cash during the search. The apparel seized during the search included shirts, hats, jeans and purses.
Also August 9th, the Los Angeles Times published a story concerning a lawsuit in which Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc. accused a luxury watch retailer of selling counterfeits.
In the article, Rolex claimed Melrose.com used phony parts on its restored watches. Rolex, one of the most counterfeited luxury brands in the world, is now seeking an injunction that would ban Melrose.com from including counterfeit parts on Rolex watches or even mentioning the brand online.
According to the article, Melrose.com company president, Krishan Agarwal, vehemently denied the allegations, calling them “ridiculous.”
“If you install after-market rims on a Ford Mustang, it doesn't mean it's not a Ford Mustang,” the Times quoted him as saying.
Small businesses and online retailers are not the only enterprises making counterfeit news, as a Staten Island woman said she recently purchased phony items from one of America’s most popular retail stores.
“I took the card out and I said, ‘OK, it has to be real because they don’t sell fake items here,” Carole Tramutola told CBS 2′s Asa Aarons in an online story posted August 3rd. Tramutola found the item, a Bottega Veneta bag, at a Philadelphia TJ Maxx in a section specifically reserved for luxury pieces.
At just $950 a bag, Tramutola found the deal so good that she bought two – the second one was for her sister.
It was only after doing a big of detective work that she discovered the bags were not genuine Bottega Veneta. She later contacted TJ Maxx, who promised to investigate the matter.
“Unfortunately, retailers, and in this case, an innocent customer, sometime fall victim to fraudulent return activity,” TJ Maxx said in a statement. “We are taking swift action to tighten our return procedures to prevent this situation from occurring again.”
TJ Maxx believes the authentic Bottega Veneta bags were purchased from their store by someone who kept the originals and returned phony look-alikes similar to those sold on the street. The counterfeit bags slipped by staff and entered the store merchandise flow.
At Rodeo Drive Resale, an online luxury resale store with over a decade in the business, shoppers can choose from an array of designer items that include handbags, shoes, jewelry, accessories and watches. Their clients, which range from everyday bargain hunters to high profile celebs, are guaranteed 100% authenticity on every item in stock, which store co-founder Raya Jaffer says equals guilt-free shopping – a plus in an era where consumers can be held criminally liable for owning phony goods.
“Despite what you think, people know when you are faking it,” she said. “Cities like New York are introducing new legislation that will make it a misdemeanor to purchase knockoffs. Punishment can range from up to $1,000 or even a year in jail. Other cities are sure to follow.”
Rodeo Drive Resale (shopRDR.com) has built a reputation of providing amazing deals on handbags, clothing and accessories from the top designers of upscale fashion. The company offers a 100% guarantee of authenticity on each item sold, and works daily with a network of clients looking to buy, sell, or for consignment of their luxury goods. ShopRDR.com loves high-end fashion, and believes finding a high quality, classic piece should be an easy, enjoyable -- and most importantly -- hassle-free shopping experience. For the finest in Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, St. John Knits, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany & Co. and more, visit RDR online at http://www.shopRDR.com or call 1-888-697-3725.
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