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发表于 2009-10-29 10:55:30
A retailer sells “Nike” shoes thought that the shoes he sells are just real Nike shoes as they are just the same .
But a 24-year-old Bellevue man said he had no idea that the Nike Shox and Nike Air Jordans he was selling online were fakes.
What started as a cool, part-time job for Joseph Aburumuh quickly turned into big debt once the athletic shoe giant Nike Inc. discovered that he was selling wannabes with the Nike trademarks on a Web site he had set up.
In a judgment filed in Sarpy County District Court, Aburumuh was ordered to pay the Beaverton,nike shoes, Ore.-based Nike company $100,000 plus interest.
Attorneys representing Nike in the case did not return several phone calls seeking comment. Erin Patterson, a spokeswoman for Nike, declined to comment.
In a phone interview, Aburumuh said the court order came after he couldn’t pay a $20,000 settlement Nike offered him.
“I have two kids and I live check to check,” he said. “There was no way.”
A need for extra income was the whole reason Aburumuh started selling the shoes. He said he first bought a few pairs of what he thought were legit Air Jordans from a co-worker at discount. He thought it was cool that he could get Air Jordans for about $60 when they retail for more than $100.
“They looked like the real thing,” he said. “I never questioned it.”
So Aburumuh asked his friend more about it. That’s when he learned about an online company based in China that sold Nike shoes in bulk at wholesale prices.
“I thought at first this would be a great way to earn some extra money,” he said.
So Aburumuh took some online Web design classes and created www.thatsmyshoeonline.com.
He would buy 30 pairs of men’s and women’s Nike Shox for $38 a pair,jordan shoes, then flip them on his site for about $60 a pair. He sold shoes all over the country, advertising on Google and Yahoo.
“It made me feel good that I could save people money by selling Nikes cheaper than in the stores,” he said. “It felt nice to be able to start a Web site and use my entrepreneur skills. I felt like I was really doing something good for myself.”
Two months into the business,ugg boots, and with only about 50 pairs of shoes sold — not even a $1,000 profit — Aburumuh said Nike’s legal representatives came calling.
“As soon as I realized it was legal trouble, I didn’t want anything to do with it,” he said.
?“I apologized and I told them that I didn’t know it was illegal. I tried my best to cooperate.”
Aburumuh said he immediately shut down his Web site and turned over all of the shoes. He even provided the name of the company that was making the Nike knockoffs, and refunded any customers who had paid for shoes but didn’t receive them.
“I was so naive and so focused on selling and making more money,” he said. “I rushed into it without understanding what I was getting into. I didn’t realize what was going on until it was too late.”
Aburumuh said filing for bankruptcy may be his only option, although he has been discussing the case with an attorney.
“It is one of the biggest mistake and stupidest thing I have done during my life to sell those shoes,” said he.