JUNE 22 I VANDOREN I LEGAL
Vandoren Counterfeits Exposed
For the second time in the last two years, raids at several retailers and wholesale companies by the Korean Custom authorities in Seoul, Korea, turned up counterfeit Vandoren reeds.
Initiated by the French company, the raids uncovered several counterfeit boxes of reeds bearing the Vandoren name and image. Penalties for the counterfeiters will be determined by a judge in the coming weeks.
“It is important to realize that fake products are being sold in packaging that is now nearly identical to the original ones, but the products inside the box are of very poor quality and do not meet any of our quality and selection standards,” said Vandoren CEO Bernard Van Doren. “Clients think that they have bought real Vandoren reeds when actually they have been sold second-rate products. It is essential that dealers go to legitimate sources to purchase Vandoren products. Anyone buying Vandoren products from non-official sources could be buying and reselling fake products without realizing it.”