Knock offs at Wagon Wheel Flea Market

Knock offs at Wagon Wheel Flea Market

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Arrest them all

Palm Harbor, FL

#1 Apr 28, 2010
There are many great buys, clothing, vegetables, jewelry, dollar store stuff at Wagon wheel but I have wondered how they can sell name brand knock offs, handbags, clothing, etc. and get away with it. The cops raid other places but I have never heard a word about Wagon Wheel! The owners of Wagon Wheel allow this to go on, knowing it's going on, they are as complicit in it as anybody else. Sound like the cops are on the payroll also.
fleas

Palm Harbor, FL

#2 Apr 28, 2010
They have gotten away with that crap for years!
Ripoff

Palm Harbor, FL

#3 Apr 29, 2010
Counterfeit handbags, handbags and jewelry is the same as selling counterfeit money! How do they get by with this?
Ripoff

Palm Harbor, FL

#6 May 4, 2010
Hardy Huntley (wagon wheels owner) has made a fortune charging vendors "double rent" for selling counterfeit items. He is as guilty as any vendor and is complicit in it as anybody else. Sound like the cops are on the payroll also.
wagon wheel vendor

Bradenton, FL

#8 Apr 18, 2011
Ripoff wrote:
Hardy Huntley (wagon wheels owner) has made a fortune charging vendors "double rent" for selling counterfeit items. He is as guilty as any vendor and is complicit in it as anybody else. Sound like the cops are on the payroll also.
That's not true at all! I am a vendor at wagon wheel the police come in all the time and arrest people. The wagon wheel has 2500 booths. Yes alot of people sell designer inspired products some sell knockoffs with the designer logo which is illegal and the police do come and arrest them. You sound like someone who has an attitude against Hardy.
Another vendor

Dade City, FL

#9 May 29, 2011
There are literally thousands of illegal purses, jewelry and clothing items for sale there. The people who buy them could care less some of the proceeds go directly to organized crime and even terrorist groups. Whenever there is a raid the dealers are warned in advance. Hardy Huntley himself is known to sit among the contraband chatting with his dealer friends. Counterfeit items are forbidden to be sold there but the staff ignores the violations. Real unanounced undercover surveilance and felony arrests are needed. As long as the rent is paid the Wagon Wheel can care less if the laws are followed. That $75 purse only costs the dealer $8 to buy.
Concerned business owner

New Port Richey, FL

#10 Jul 15, 2011
There is a massive amount of fraud going on there, knock off products of every type from purses to baseball cards. No sales taxes being collected with vendors in the same spots forever. That soon to change as we have proofed pics of signs, cases in the same spots, proof of permanent, repeated illegal sales tax and government fraud going on. You need an EIN number to get a sales tax certificate so yup the IRS has an interest also. Gonna be kinda neat to watch the cheats get nailed.
Skitzoid lady

Largo, FL

#11 Oct 28, 2011
I've been going to the Wagon Wheel for over 30 years, an it is always the same. Honestly, why would I want a knock off if I don't even want the real deal? The people that buy that crap are the ones to blame.
NuVendor

Seattle, WA

#12 Jan 5, 2012
I am interested in vending some items at various fleamarkets , the items I want to vend are health and beauty and cosmetics , I need to get some reliable source or contacts can anyone assist me , I see guys selling items like name brand toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash , liquid soap , deodorant, centrum vitamins , and a whole lot of other stuff all name brand, I do not know if some of the stuff is expired, I just need to do some positive sales, I need some Help and I know peoples time and mind is money, I need those product or at least to know how to get them , I even heard they go around with coupons or something to get them , please email me at [email protected]
really

Tampa, FL

#13 Jan 15, 2012
you know all these people complaing and talking trash about a great flea markit would be the first to complan that things are to expencive bet at least 1/4 of people that read this are running bootleg software and greatfull to have that so they can get on line look for jobs or what ever and but there are knock offs every where show me a flea markit that never had knock offs and thank god for that bottem line blam people who buy it blam youe self if you ever look down on some one for what they have because not people will go buy boot leg so people like you leave them alone any who latter

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johnny wirelss

United States

#14 Mar 6, 2012
The people who run, and work at the wagon wheel are "better people". Better people deserve better.
I get awesome deals on cell phone accessories from the tall, skinny white guy in the last row (by the parking).
Joe

Tampa, FL

#15 Sep 10, 2012
I go there a lot for good deals. I don't expect to get a genuine Coach Purse for $15, and neither should you!
Most the vendors I buy from are regular folks (quite a few are retired) trying to make a few bucks.
Tax #s, IRS? Beats me. They seem like nice people. I guess some local store owners get mad because they have all that government stuff to deal with. Well, the problem isn't these little guys - it's the big government, so lighten up OK?
The only real problem I ever saw out there was a guy selling brand new movies still showing in the theaters for just a few dollars. I was told he got arrested - GOOD!
tholmes68

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Nov 12, 2012
This goes on everywhere not just at this particular flea market. If you dont approve keep it moving.
Put your energy into something positive and let fate take its course, it will without you making a fuss!
Go go gadget

United States

#17 Aug 19, 2013
Does this still go on? Im a huge fan of replica products!
Jonesy

Dunedin, FL

#18 Aug 22, 2013
Whatever you do. Please do not do business with Seth Lutz or any of his family members. He sells baseball cards and memorabilia. He is a con artist and owes me over $500.00. The cops and Huntley let him and others get away with it. They will put you in jail if you try to get your money. His wife assists him in the frauds.
potential vendor

United States

#19 Aug 24, 2013
How much does it cost to set up a booth at the Wagon Wheel?
st pete pete

Clearwater, FL

#20 Aug 31, 2013
Many vendors have handbags and sun glasses etc that look very similar to the high end stuff but if you look very close there are little differences in the logos and names thus making it completely legit to sell them. They get around trademark/patten/copyright laws this way.
I find nothing wrong with this. A lot of these products are good quality and affordable.
This is done in supermarkets with sodas for example. You have mountain dew and then the store brand mountain dew substitute. They both look very similar and is completely legal and you save 50%.
I am sure there are illegal bootleggers at the market but I am sure the cops catch up to them at some point.
Shop Girl

Richmond Hill, Canada

#21 Aug 11, 2014
Our family has been going to this wacky, tacky flea market over the last 10 years. The imitation items are nowhere near the real thing.
The quality is pretty much what you pay for, so don't expect real leather and the logos may be in the wrong place or upside down.

I've always bargained down the prices (bring cash) and the trick is to be ready to walk away if the vendor doesn't accept YOUR offer!
They always call you back to make the sale!

Have fun bargaining--don't take it so seriously :)
Rich76

Saint Petersburg, FL

#22 Oct 6, 2014
Arrest them all wrote:
There are many great buys, clothing, vegetables, jewelry, dollar store stuff at Wagon wheel but I have wondered how they can sell name brand knock offs, handbags, clothing, etc. and get away with it. The cops raid other places but I have never heard a word about Wagon Wheel! The owners of Wagon Wheel allow this to go on, knowing it's going on, they are as complicit in it as anybody else. Sound like the cops are on the payroll also.
. There have been plenty of times the police have been to the market to confiscate knock off products. They have been in my row alone 3. Times.
Sandy

Lexington, KY

#23 Dec 17, 2014
I know people that sell these knock off products. Some move around avoiding the same places more than once or twice a year. Some don't worry about it. Here in Tennessee they police don't tend to bother you as long as your knock offs are identified as knock offs and not attempted to pass off as the real thing and priced as knock offs.

I've also seen police swoop in and arrest people. It is very quick 5 to 15 minutes tops. They take the person all of their wares and their car. Too many ligament products to sell to mess with knock offs in my opinion.

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