We are all aware of smart bands, smart fitness bands, smartwatches, smart bracelets, and other smart jewelry, but, as with all things, there’s a genuine market and a counterfeit market. Unfortunately, a ton of fake smart bands were seized by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday, January 4, 2016. The fake smart bands would have totaled $35,000, according to the CBP website. “The shipment arrived from Hong Kong on December 4, 2015. Working with the trademark holder, CBP determined than [sic] the 350 smart wristbands were counterfeit, and seized them on January 4. If authentic, the smart wristbands would have had a total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of about $35,000,” the CBP said.
The CBP provides a picture of the 350 smart wristbands, as shown above, with the packaging suggesting that these were fake Fitbit wristbands as opposed to other brands such as Microsoft’s Smart Band, Jawbone, or others. As for price, the fact that 350 had a retail price of $35,000 indicates that each band was priced at around $99-$100 -- yet another indication that these could likely be $99 Fitbit wristbands.
The fake Fitbit wristbands were seized after having arriving in the US from Hong Kong. There’s no word on the exact source of the counterfeit wristband contraband or who’s responsible. It’s a good thing the CBP seized the contraband in time, but it should be a warning to those who attempt to purchase goods online: beware of the seller as well as the item available for sale. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.