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Old 06-16-2018, 11:06 PM
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Default I ordered this knife online and it got seized by USPS

I bought this Gerber 06 Manual on ebay last Tuesday

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gerber-06-M...0AAOSw4CFYy-pF

Tracking said it was suppose to ship out today

I checked it today and it said "Held at post office"

I called customer service and spoke to a rep, put on hold for 40 minutes to tell me it got seized by the san joaquin postal inspector, and they will send me a letter soon.

I dont know why they would seize it, it's a basic manual opening knife.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:23 PM
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I'd make a pretty good guess that the knife was not a genuine Gerber product and was probably seized as part of a counterfeit goods investigation. Postal Inspectors are pretty well involved in that area of the law.

There are not many federal laws regulating knifes, and the Postal Inspectors lack standing to enforce California state laws (although they participate in many multi-jurisdictional task forces where the state members may enforce such laws). I can't see anything about that knife's design that would interest a Postal Inspector. I'll bet the problem was with the use of the "Gerber" name.

Please keep us posted when you get the letter.
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Old 06-17-2018, 1:34 AM
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Quick file to get your PayPal money back. Cite item siezed by USPS.
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Old 06-17-2018, 3:47 AM
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I dont know why they would seize it, it's a basic manual opening knife.

You broke some law in England.
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Old 06-18-2018, 8:17 PM
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Nevermind, my knife came today. Arrived on my doorstep, Looks like the package was opened, and the box was taped over. It's absolutely pissant this entire thing happened in the first place. USPS can f themselves.
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Maybe looking to see if it was a switchblade?
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Maybe looking to see if it was a switchblade?
Not illegal to possess, only illegal to carry or transport in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle.
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Old 06-18-2018, 8:55 PM
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Nevermind, my knife came today. Arrived on my doorstep, Looks like the package was opened, and the box was taped over. It's absolutely pissant this entire thing happened in the first place. USPS can f themselves.
They are just doing their job.

Trying to reduce counterfeits and other scams...I'm thankful for them doing that. It keeps the cost of genuine goods down.

"Counterfeiting is one of the biggest threats facing brand owners, threatening profits, corporate reputation and, potentially, customer safety and loyalty."

http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/...counterfeiting
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Its the post office job to open and inspect your packages for counterfeit items?
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The inspector probably thought it was a benchmade and wanted it for his personal collection.
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Its the post office job to open and inspect your packages for counterfeit items?
In sum, the answer is "yes", at least where there is cause for them to believe that the package contains contraband items.

Ordinarily, I would think that a search warrant would be required for such searches, but the Postal Inspection Service asserts that a warrant is only required for First Class mail. Please refer to their website page discussing the issue: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/faq.aspx
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Interestingly enough, the Secret Service was created to investigate and prevent counterfeiting.

There are also other agencies that have the legal right to inspect and open packages in search of drugs, illegal items, and counterfeit items. Customs and Border Protection being one of them (if it crosses the national border).

Mail goes through scanners, X-rays, and scans by drug-dogs. If any of these "scans" give them reason to believe that there is illegal activity (contraband, drugs, counterfeit items, etc.) then they can legally open and inspect mail/packages. If it is First Class Mail through USPS, they must obtain a warrant to open it. Pretty much all other mail can be opened with probable cause (PC). I would imagine that it would be fairly easy for a Postal Inspector to get a warrant as long as they have PC.
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