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A 42 year old Chinese man was arrested for allegedly importing fake designer sunglasses after police raided 2 locations in Bangkok’s Thonburi area and seized 3 million pairs of fake designer sunglasses worth around 300 million baht.

Officers from the Department of Special Investigation raided multiple rooms at the Dao Khanong Condominium and the BMC Dao Khanong Cinema. The department posted photos of the raids showing rooms filled with boxes stacked to the ceiling.

Police say the sunglasses had major designer brand names like Ray Ban, Gucci, Oakley, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Mont Blanc, Marc Jacobs, Armani, Fendi and Versace.

Man arrested for allegedly importing millions of fake designer sunglasses | News by The Thaiger

Man arrested for allegedly importing millions of fake designer sunglasses | News by The Thaiger

Man arrested for allegedly importing millions of fake designer sunglasses | News by The Thaiger

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    Truth B Told

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    I think China is the world leader in counterfeit products. They have no problem copying intellectual property for a cheap profit. They even have cheap copies of popular automobiles. This is why I wouldn’t trust a vaccine coming from them also.

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    Rasputin

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    China has not got fabulously rich over the last couple of decades by following international rules of trade and commerce, and not thieving other peoples intellectual property and trade secrets. Not to mention, virtually enslaving many of it’s peasant class to produce their illegal gotten product.

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    Ray

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    If anything, the counterfeit designer glasses are probably the same quality as the real ones. It costs a few dollars to produce and are on the market for hundreds when sold under a posh brand name. Why should such a simple plastic thing cost as much as a phone which is a complicated object to design and produce.

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      another Peter

      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      You are totally wrong with that assumption, they are generally nowhere near the same quality. Fake sunglasses frequently claim UV protection for the wearer, when almost 100% do not offer this protection. Construction wise the quality of the frames, hinges, bridges and lenses are far superior, plus so is the cases and general packaging and presentation. I will however accept the price of the genuine item, could well be reduced in many instances, the profit percentage for both retailers and distributors are generous.

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        Bill

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:22 am

        Actually Pedro, the UV protection is the same. I took the two pairs I bought in Thailand to a glasses store in Jordan to make sure my eyes were protected. They guy had a machine to test it and sure enough they were 400uv protected. He didn’t charge me anything and told me that the material is so cheap basically all sunglasses offer full protection. On another note, my ‘fake’ ray bans did break a few months ago but I would have just as easily lost a very expensive pair of ‘real’ ray bans.

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        Perceville Smithers

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:24 am

        The sweatshop workers produce both and have said in interviews there’s little to no difference in the real and fake. Just have to get a quality-produced fake.

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          another Peter

          Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:41 am

          You are talking prejudiced garbage, two distributors handle the world wide sales of most or the high end designer brands Saffilo and Luxotica. I was a director of a company that was an official distributor for both, I do know a little bit about sunglasses, unlike yourself. The majority of the high end brands are produced in Italy not China. Any customer returns due to any fault were sent back to the respective company and were almost always replaced with brand new units, try that with the outfits selling fakes. I would agree though, there are decent and poor fakes on the market.

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    LEE HAI

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Oh my goodness….This sort of eyeware has been around for decades, available in any shophouse market areas or the street markets for tourists. Eyeware, watches and just about everything else
    in the knock off catergory is available at a low cost to the highest bidder….Just like the over abundant ‘fake’ jewelry stores that have been around for almost forever that keep playing the fishing game
    for one more sucker. For the most part ‘everyone’ knows the game, or will learn fast, it is just part of what makes life in this part of the world go around and so muck fun…..

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    James Pate

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:24 am

    Correct! There are big differences between the real ones and the fakes. 100-200 baht fakes will be easy to spot, especially the lack of polarized lenses and poor construction. Good luck if they last a week.?

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Despicable. Lock this villain up for a long time.
    But let him keep one pair of sunglasses so he can look cool in prison.

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    Maag

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    How such quantity can get in Thailand , without customs saw anything ?

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    Joseph McKee

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Fake Rolex tells time as the original but the knobs fall off Ha ha

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    Simon E

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Innovation is dying because R & D costs cannot be recovered from theft of IP rights and cost of promotion of new products …I personally will not design anything that I know will end bring copied . I too stopped wasting my company profits on stuff the Chinese just copy ..that they copy badly at that with inferior parts or materials.. fake goods get bought by fake people . Fakes kill inovation and progress

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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