Consider this scenario :
A person who is about to get his or her feet wet in the world of golf chances upon an attractive-looking golf club or set online. The first thing he or she prioritizes is the price of the club or set, since he or she knows that golf is an expensive sport and wants to take part in it even under a tight budget. But once the club or set arrives at the doorstep and the person tries it out, he will be disgruntled that the clubs he ordered do not live up to the expectations. To make the long story short, he was victimized by an offer of fake discount golf clubs.
Fake discount golf clubs are a major pain in the neck for both dissatisfied golfers as well as major well-known manufacturers of golf equipment.
With the prevalence of Internet shopping, it is very easy for anyone to put out anything that is a knockoff of something else that is more recognized and pass it off as the real thing. More often than not, fake golf clubs are sold via eBay; and according to MyGolfSpy.com, 24% of clubs being sold there are counterfeits. There are also sites that exclusively sell fakes at ridiculously cheap prices. With these figures, one should not be surprised that as many as 2 million phony best golf clubs are being made per year, with profits from selling those phonies reaching $6 billion.
Disenchanted consumers as well as their numerous sympathizers are at the forefront of the campaign against counterfeit clubs. They file disputes to credit card companies as well as PayPal, depending on the preferred method of payment.
They flood the comments sections of online articles regarding fake clubs, helping each other with detective work such as tracing the site’s registration information. They recommend legitimate sites that left them satisfied with the real and affordable McCoy’s and will certainly look forward to doing business with them again.
They set up websites that simply list the sites that are proven by firsthand accounts to sell bogus items and nothing else. However, those sites are as slippery as eels and still persist in deceiving unaware golf enthusiasts, snapping up domain after domain to serve as back-up sites if ever their main sites are shut down. But then, the consumers have much stronger allies to back them up in this protracted fight.
Some sites for trading of secondhand golf equipment are getting stricter in their anti-counterfeiting measures. They even have PGA-certified staff to closely inspect real and fake clubs when the layman or golf newbie does not have the experience and the keen eyes to do so.
Of course, major golf equipment manufacturers are fighting back-
The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group was established in 2004 as an alliance of five famous manufacturers in order to “keep golf real”, according to the group’s official site. The group is closely coordinating with law enforcement agencies throughout the world to help stop the spread of fake clubs right at their sources. Due to those alliances, some sites that sell fake discount best golf clubs were shut down and redirected to the group’s official site. The group is also extensively educating the uninitiated to not patronize the fakes.
The most important word of advice is to buy discount best golf clubs from Rockbottomgolf, the authorized dealers only. Always compare the authorized dealer certification on one selling site to the list furnished by the original manufacturer’s official site. Buying secondhand clubs is also a viable option, as they are affordable enough but are still of authentic quality. Those clubs are restored to their pristine conditions by expert craftsmen.