7 Most Counterfeited Products in the US

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By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2017 11:15 AM CDT
Did You Get Ripped Off? 7 Most Counterfeited Items
A file photo of counterfeit jewelry seized in California.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Counterfeiters do a booming business in the US, if seizures by US Customs and Border Protection are any indication. 24/7 WallSt pored over data related to more than 31,000 seized shipments last year to come up with the most commonly counterfeited items in the US. The list below has the category, the percentage of seizures it represents, and the MSRP of the items if they were legit:

  1. Apparel/accessories (fake Super Bowl merchandise was a big contributor), 20%, $110.8 million
  2. Consumer electronics, 16%, $122.9 million
  3. Footwear, 12%, $51.2 million
  4. Watches/jewelry, 11%, $653.6 million
  5. Handbags/wallets, 10%, $234.1 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals/personal care, 8%, $73.7 million
  7. Optical media (DVD, Blu-ray discs, etc.), 3%, $8.2 million
Click for the full rankings. (More counterfeit stories.)

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