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1. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member, 33 posts) 17 Sep '06 03:10

I have been reading a website and its scared me shitless! Im going thailand in 2 weeks time, i was hoping to bring back plenty of fake goods (not to sell) I was planing on bying clothes, fake rolexes, games and dvd's (not more then 1 of the same copy) Now im afraid that i wont be able to bring back any fake goods :( anyone been to thailand REACENTLY who can give me some feedback? What i read i have pasted below. I live in the UK if this helps!

Many thanks all!

"Before buying any fake European or American goods and taking them home, it's worth checking out the laws in your country. In France for example, it's strictly forbidden to bring any counterfeit goods into the country. Customs and Excise state that any import, export or simple possession of fake goods is strictly against the law regardless of whether they've been obtained from within or outside the EEC, even if it's for your own personal use. The laws have been tightened and the purchase of a fake brand can lead to immediate confiscation of the item, large fines and even legal proceedings"

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3536 posts) 17 Sep '06 08:36

Matt,
I cannot speak to the laws and how the are enforced in the UK, but I did bring back some copy goods into the US as recently as March 06.

I bought some copy DVDs in VietNam, computer softwear and a copy Rolex in Thailand. I declared them on the custom declaration and I was stopped and searched at LAX. They did not confiscate any items. It seems as long as it is for personal use and not several copies of the same thing, then the US will allow you to bring it in and keep it.

I hope a recent EU member will report their experience of coming back with copy goods.

3. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member, 33 posts) 17 Sep '06 12:12

thanks mate i hope so too :d

4. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member, 210 posts) 17 Sep '06 13:10

I brought back some copy DVD's from Siam Square the other week and they didn't work!

I have the receipt the woman said money back if they dont work - she laughed...

She will laugh on the other side of her face when i turn up in three weeks! - Yes I am going back! its not the money its the principle!

So my advise, dont bother with the DVD's..

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru, 8868 posts) 18 Sep '06 00:24

It's a risk you take, generally if your not over the top on what your taking back, it should slip though.
But if you are searched and customs suspect that the goods are fake they can confiscate them, and you may be liable for a fine.
Chancers are you ought to get through without a problem, but it's still a risk..........

6. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member, 352 posts) 18 Sep '06 02:52

I had about 30 DVDs from Bali, various watches from KL & Cambodia, trainers, few t-shirts etc. Was all for me & a few presents. As long as it's not a huge quantity & you're not going to sell the stuff on, you should be ok. The worst that can happen is customs confiscating the goods.

p.s. all my dvds worked ok, but in Bali they let you play them in a dvd before you buy.

7. Posted by funkfaerie (Full Member, 128 posts) 19 Sep '06 08:01

We brought back watches, dvds, clothes, bag etc. No problems with customs going from Bangkok to Tokyo.

Generally, the DVD's didn't work adn it ws easier for me to download them myself and burn them to DVD. Watches worked fine, and the clothes, while dodgy, were still ok.

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member, 403 posts) 20 Sep '06 23:44

About 20% of the DVDS I got in Vietnam didn't work but they had no problems with letting you return them. Drop them in and fast forward them - they'll run through if they are ok, and freeze if they aren't.

The stuff from China was pretty much all junk though - except the high end watch copies (and there are high end and low end watch copies). Especially avoid the MP3 players and electronics.

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 21 Sep '06 02:06

Helo Ahernster
Last time i was in Thailand, i brought back some bootleg music casettes. But after reading your post, i am not sure, i will do it, this time.
Mel

10. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member, 352 posts) 21 Sep '06 04:29

We are now in the age of downloading, so bringing back CDC's, tapes & even DVD's isn't really worth our while anymore.

Still glad I got the DVD's in Bali though, they worked out about 60p per DVD.