Counterfeit Shoes: Nikes (and Others)
What You Can Do After a Fake Shoe Scam
If you bought a Nike or other expensive designer shoe and
discovered it was a fake, you can report it to the manufacturer. Although
you obviously did not buy it from an authorized dealer, if you are polite, the
shoe manufacturer might (and we emphasize, it is only a possibility) offer you a
pair of shoes, or a discount coupon off their shoes.
Here's what you need to know about fake shoes:
Nike and other shoes manufacturers are aware of counterfeit
products in the market and are working towards
eliminating the problem. It's an uphill battle.
Can you determine if you have a fake?
Unfortunately, because there is not one specific way to tell you if the product
is authentic or not, but the manufacturers and others often post examples of
fakes on their websites and in blogs. Of course, the manufacturers strongly encourage you to only
purchase products from authorized retailers. Products purchased from a
non-authorized retailer or auction sites are at your own risk.
If you want to report the fake shoe to Nike,
click on this link for Nike's email contact form, or use this address or
phone number to contact them:
1 Bowerman Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005-0979
503-671-6453 (5am to 10 pm, PST)
Click here for the Nike
website (use the link above for contact)
Here is the email (March 12, 2008) that prompted CFR to investigate:
I just saw this over the internet about a week ago
regards to a big investigation at Chinatown, NYC about selling
counterfit items (e.g.Designer shoes, bags, etc). I saw an ad on
Craig'slist about a pair of sneakers that I wanted for some time, and the
pic he send seemed fishy cause it was dated 1/2007. But I went
thru with the transaction anyways cause he promised they were
authentic items. After I paid, he sent tracking info and I realized
that the items were coming from Shang Hai, China and instantly became wary
about the authenticity of the shoes. After receiving shoes in
the mail, and confirmed that they are counterfeits, I contacted
seller numerous attempts to get a refund, he refused and continue to
claim his shoes are not fake. I'm not looking for any monetary
returns, but would like to see this guy put behind bars for selling
counterfeit items. I have this seller's email, phone #, and a website.
Please investigate. Feel free to contact me for additional info and the outcome
of this investigation .
Thanks for your time.
Another consumer reported this on May 9, 2008:
Binovo.com - NIKE shoes SCAM
I recently purchased a pair of shoes from
sonneshine.com now known as binovo.com in April of 2008. The shoes are not
fake. They are authentic Nikes. !!!HOWEVER!!! Upon looking at the
manufacturer's tag inside the shoe I noticed they were manufactured in
September of 2002. The Nike shox I bought were 6 years old. Despite the fact
I wore them anyway. Within one week my seamingless beautiful shoes had
completely worn out rubber soles (the bottom of the shoe). They are ready
for the garbage. $70 bucks down the drain. The company simply knows someone
who works at a Chinese nike factory who clears out the old inventory for the
garbage, and instead of letting the shoes go into the trash sonneshine/binovo
sells them to unsuspecting customers. A scam at its best. If anyone knows
anything about rubber. Old tires that are purchased from a store can wear
out in days as did these Nike shoes in one week! DO NOT BUY!!!!
PS the customer service is horrible and they make
zero effort to return your money.
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