VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE
I WAS JUST ASKED BY AN EBAYER FOR MY OPINION ON SOME TAYLOR MADE R7 CGB IRONS HE SAW ON EBAY - I HAVE JUST SEARCHED AND FOUND THAT 99.99% ARE FAKE (I ONLY FOUND ONE I WASNT SURE OFF) - COM'ON EBAY GET A GRIP AND STOP YOUR CUSTOMERS GETTING RIPPED OFF FOR THEIR HARD EARNED CASH!!!!!
PLEASE VOTE ON THIS AND WE MAY BE ABLE TO GET IT POSTED ON EVERY SEARCH AND GET RID OF THE SCOUNDRELS WHO SELL FAKE CLUBS ON EBAY.
Hi, So the answer is - yes it is loaded with them, i get emails almost daily from Asia offering me the current drivers for £50 and for £120 for a complete set of the latest models woods and irons with golf bag and putter from Titleist, Callaway, Ping, Taylor Made etc. etc.
Titleist are the only ones that try to do something about it, but then the seller states they are used and have only been hit a couple of times and the product stays listed. The problem lies with the seller using images of the clubs from the manufacturers website and thus not what you are always getting.
The fact of the matter is you dont get a £300 club that is a current product for £50. You should always check the seller and make sure he is a legimate seller with a proper online shop. You should always note the people who state they are genuine clubs and that the club can be registered on the manufacturers website. Check postage costs and make sure the item isn't from China. Be weary of the ebayers selling clubs direct from china - if they are, by a miniscle chance, a geniune model the swingweight and length would be incorrect for a european golfer.
IMPORTANT - 70% OF THE CALLAWAYS, TAYLOR MADE AND PINGS ONLINE ARE FAKE - BUYERS LEAVE FEEDBACK AND THEN FIND OUT A FEW WEEKS LATER THAT THEY ARE FAKE WHEN THE HEAD FALLS OFF. REMEMBER MANUFACTURERS DONT SELL TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC - CHECK THAT THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC SUPPLIER AND THEY SELL ALL GOLF ITEMS AND NOT JUST A COUPLE OF SETS OF IRONS
I am looking at a set of clubs on eBay. How can I tell if they are authentic? Does the deal sound too good to be true? - If it does, it probably is.
Are multiple clubs being sold together in one auction? - Merchandise sold through auctions featuring 14 clubs and a bag often turns out to be counterfeit product. Also, metalwoods sold in groups, such as a driver together with fairway woods, often turn out to be counterfeit. Look at where the goods are coming from. If the goods are being shipped from outside of the UK - and particularly if the goods are being shipped from China or Hong Kong - there's an increased chance they are counterfeit.
It may still be difficult to determine whether the goods the seller will send you are authentic. Sellers of counterfeit goods have resorted to tactics such as lying about the location of the goods and depicting pictures of authentic product while shipping goods that are counterfeit.
I bid on what I thought were authentic clubs on eBay. I received them, and they appear to be fake. What should I do next?
Your best recourse will be against the seller. You should contact him or her immediately. You should also notify eBay of the situation, referring to eBay's policies and guidelines. You should then inform the manufacturer and the local trading standards office.
If you paid via PayPal, you should contact PayPal to inquire about whether they may be able to help you get your money back. PayPal's policies and guidelines will also be clearly identified.
ABOVE ALL BUY FROM A RESPECTED EBAYER THAT HAS THE FEEDBACK - MAKE SURE THEY SELL OTHER GOLFING ITEMS IN ADDITION TO CLUBS.
REMEMBER THIS - WHERE OR WHERE WOULD AN INDIVIDUAL OFF THE STREET BE ABLE TO BUY GOLF CLUBS CHEAPER THAN ME UNLESS THEY WERE STOLEN GOODS. THE MANUFACTURERS DONT SELL TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
Hope this helps