Buying and selling chinese knockoff golf clubs is pretty common occurrence on eBay. So naturally, eBay and legit brands are doing their best to counter these sellers. Objectively, of course it’s unethical thing to do, but in this post, we’re going to be talking about this topic from consumer’s point of view.
How bad are these knockoffs, really? Do they at least come close to maintaining original quality and design, or are they just plain useless? I haven’t bought any of these knockoffs myself, but I have friend who did buy it, so I’ve had an opportunity to play with them.
First of all, there are two kinds of knockoffs – those who try to be authentic, and copy the quality of club as well as it’s appearance. You should try to avoid buying any kind of knockoff, if you know it to be the case, but if you’re unaware and are cheated,the authentic ones are the ones you want. On the other hand, there are some knockoffs that are just plain garbage, and are only good for being lookalikes of good clubs, so that the sellers can scam inexperienced golfers into buying them.
As mentioned before, most knockoff clubs are sold on eBay and craigslist, so spotting one is rather easy if you know where to look. First of all, eBay is hard on their heels when it comes to selling fake products, so most of these sellers have to frequently create new seller accounts to stay afloat. That should be sign number one – if account is rather new, has little to no reviews, and is selling an excellent golf club for ridiculous price, it’s very likely to be scammer and you should report it to ebay immediately. Ask your friends for advice when buying a club and if you don’t have any friends who play golf, read reviews like this one to help you understand ins and outs.
Craigslist is rather hard, because it doesn’t involve in transaction and exchange of items, so they have less responsibility to protect the buyers both legally and morally. When you’re shopping on craigslist, you’re on your own, just like you’d be if you were buying golf club on garage sale. So if you’re a beginner golfer, and are looking for good bargain on used golf clubs, I’d recommend sticking with eBay as it has more obvious indicators of trustworthiness. Amazon and GlobalGolf are also quite good, but they don’t have as big of a selection as eBay does.
If you’ve already bought knockoff and are wondering if you’ve wasted your money, the answer is probably yes, it’s just a question of how much. If it’s at least a decent knockoff, you can keep using it and you’ll be fine, but if it’s the second type of knockoff I described above, you will be better off accepting your losses and moving on after throwing It away in the garbage. And remember, don’t try to sell knockoff club – that means serious trouble, even if you weren’t the one manufacturing it.