Hoverboards are, without a doubt, one of the biggest technological releases in recent history.The electronic, two-wheel contraption is so popular that cities across the world have taken measures to ban the use of “Swagways” in public. Given their level of popularity, of course con artists are going to try to get paid off of bootleg versions, patent and trademark laws be damned. Though cheaper than the real deal, counterfeit hoverboards–which largely come from China or East Asia– have proven to be dangerous, however. They commonly overheat, catch fire or explode. Would-be-buyers have been spared the grief of combustible hoverboards due to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers, who executed the biggest seizure of knockoff hoverboards in history, yesterday.
Around the time the new year hit, authorities started noticing fugazi hoverboards arriving in Chi-Town in ocean containers and air shipments. Investigations led CBP agents to a warehouse in Bensenville, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Inside, they found and seized a staggering 16,000 bootleg hoverboards. While the bust may have spared thousands the stress of hurting themselves on the hoverboards, the sellers of the illegal products were relieved of a potential $10 million.
As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you are considering buying a hoverboard for yourself or someone else, make sure that it’s official. Surely, you don’t want to be the victim of an explosion or fire, nor do you want that for whomever you may be buying the hoverboard from.