gringolandia wrote:Yea, that totally happens. I've also been in toy stores and seen Lego boxes that had stickers on them that said "For Sale Only At Walmart", which means the store owner smuggled in the Legos to sell at the store.
This is exactly what Peruvian customs tries to prevent, but a lot of it gets through anyway.
I don't think it was worthwhile for him to fly to the US, buy Lego at Walmart and then smuggle it himself in his suitcase to Peru.
It was probably made in China or Taiwan and the boxes were printed there for Wallmart but Walmart ordered to many and they got sold to other buyers.
A lot of stuff get smuggled worldwide and often it's only possible because customs are corrupt and in the business themselves.
I was recently in Kuala Lumpur and in Chinatown, it's full of shops selling fake Rolexes, Breitlings, Omegas, Bucherons and fake Louis Vuitton bags.
The sellers told me that they imported it from Taiwan.
Such big amount of goods can't be imported without the knowledge of customs. Customs also know the market in Chinatown. They don't raid it and don't confiscate the goods. So, they must be in the businesses themselves or get a ''propinita''.