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Fake Dr. Dre's Beats Headphones Bonanza

By Johan Nylander for CNN | 10/14/2013, 3:57 p.m.
In an attempt to trick customs officials, counterfeiters send fake Beats in two boxes; the outer box, on the right, has a made-up name to hide the real goods. Photo by Johan Nylande/CNN.

As a result, a man in New Orleans was arrested for allegedly importing counterfeit Dr. Dre headphones and selling them on Craigslist.

Evading the police

But in Shenzhen, the counterfeiters are working hard, too.

CNN spoke with another woman involved in the trade -- a "copy brand exports professional" according to her business card -- who helps companies to transport counterfeit goods from Shenzhen to other countries. She said she advises her customers to avoid Chinese logistic companies and always use European or American shipping companies since "customs usually trusts these brands better."

Storeowners reveal other tricks to bypass customs. They send all Beats in two boxes; the outer box has a made-up name to hide the real goods. "We got the idea from a European customer," she said.

Precautions aside, in the Huaqiangbei commercial district few seem to have any moral objections about the pirating of goods.

Outside the Huaqiangbei Police Station, a friendly officer in sunglasses points down the street when asked where the best fake mobile phones can be found. Asked if such purchases are legal, he just breaks out in loud laughter.

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