Counterfeit items being bought online has become an epidemic. Those who knowingly buy counterfeit goods or materials can experience repercussions. Customs often routinely seizes such goods in transit and routinely go after the seller. But what if the seller was Amazon? And how on earth would this issue bump someone from their Global Entry status?
Harper Reed, who is an employee at PayPal, was a part of the Global Entry program. The program allows individuals expedited clearance and allows those who go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection pre-approval status, according to their website.
Since Reed travels often he decided to purchase an expensive Rimowa suitcase from Amazon. This suitcase can run upwards to $700. The PayPal engineer explained on Twitter that despite waiting for weeks for the luxury suitcase to arrive, it never showed up.
Frustrated, Reed contacted Amazon and explained that he had never received his package and was essentially left in the dark regarding the location of his order. Amazon agreed the package was never delivered and refunded the $700.
Reed decided to forgo the wait of another suitcase and went to the store directly to pick up a suitcase.
Months passed since he attempted to purchase the suitcase via Amazon, and Reed thought little of it. But he explained when he went to renew his Global Entry status, he was denied, according to LifeHack.
When he looked into the issue, Reed discovered that he was denied because he had supposedly tried to bring counterfeit materials into the United States. Puzzled, Reed questioned the decision only to find that the suitcase he had tried to purchase earlier in the year from Amazon was the counterfeit item in question.
He explained the situation to Customs and Border Protection and was informed that even if he wasn’t knowingly bringing in counterfeit materials, he would still face the same penalty as someone who knowingly did so.
The CBC explains on their website that someone in the transaction is responsible for the counterfeit. When they looked at who they could blame this on, the CBC must have seen one company is outside of the United States, and the other is one of the largest shipping companies in the world.
Deciding to forgo the hassle of a legal battle, the CBC must have settled on Reed as the culprit even though he had no idea that he was buying a counterfeit product. Reed didn’t disclose what happened after his original Twitter post, but it’s probably a safe bet that he’ll be monitoring any orders he makes from Amazon in the future.