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Beware of FAKE Mizuno Irons

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Mizuno posted this on Facebook today.  Can you tell which ones are the Fakes?  Answer below

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We'll be loading pictures of fake Mizuno gear to help you spot the difference. The best advice is to ignore deals that sound too good to be true and buy from an authorised retailer listed on a Mizuno site.

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Answer Here:

A. FAKE: Look at the shape & position of the Titanium muscle. Nothing like the real thing.

B. REAL: Check the definition on the TiMuscle, size and position in relation to the sole. Not much in common with the fakes.

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Those aren't even a good attempt at a fake.  There's too much that looks wrong and sloppy.

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True. But stick them on ebay without closeup 'photos and at a low price and some poor soul is gonna get stung. What made it obvious to me was the sloppy paintwork on the Mizuno emblem.

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That's why you dont buy stuff like that on Ebay. Stick to either stores, or online reputable online retailers

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I wouldn't say you shouldn't buy from eBay alltogether. There are many reputable sellers there. Some retail stores also operate on eBay.
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Rockbottomgolf, Global Golf, 3 Balls and I'm sure many more legitimate businesses have ebay stores.  I just think it's important to watch who you buy from on ebay.

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Yes so true—Some of the pro shops in the frozen areas of the US sell their unsold New and Used clubs on E-Bay. I always ask questions even though some sellers get a little testy, but after I express my concern over Fakes on E-Bay they usually calm down.

Here’s something that comes to mind every time I look at Mizuno irons on E-Bay and elsewhere, and even though I can go to Mizuno’s website and see their list of Official retailers--

It’s still a little confusing to me that Mizuno wouldn’t adopt a universal plan for club identification.

-My custom MP-59’s with Nippon Pro 950’s have the ferrule engraved SR#’s

-My Mp-69’s and Mp-63’s both have hosel etched SR#’s

Now I want to change to colored ferrules and grips and that will destroy the SR#’s on my MP-59i—so I’m left with a real club which can be questionable in its origin..

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Rockbottomgolf, Global Golf, 3 Balls and I'm sure many more legitimate businesses have ebay stores.  I just think it's important to watch who you buy from on ebay.

Completely agree - you can do well from ebay, but just need to be seriously careful.

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You're taking a big risk nowadays buying on eBay if it's not an actual reputable dealer. That's certainly not saying they are all counterfeit products.. But in today's world, for the price we pay.. It's very risky. I personally know several club members who were duped with knock off clubs.
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Speaking of risk that I can understand—After living in China ‘fore several years on the grass roots level you get to know the habits there pretty well—The Chinese are free to copy anything without fear from the government if they pay their taxes….so the incentive is very strong to copy everything--and yes they have many great golf courses even though a little expensive…which brings me back to E-Bay—you have a few days after your purchase to examine your goods and say yea or nay for a 100% buy back –never hurts to call the Manufacture >most have a hot line for this very problem of counterfeits; some of which are so well done they have to be cut open to see the difference>> others not so much: even Used clubs should be checked out--- You know when the bidding starts at .99 cents something is up. I’m not an E-Bay expert but I’ve learned the curve fairly well and a rat is always a rat—the other day I noticed a California company on e-bay advertizing they were an “Authorized Mizuno” retailer operating out of the City of Walnut—so I checked with Mizuno they never hear of this company, nor were they on Mizuno’s authorized list…. but their prices for Muzzies were fantastic……I notified E-Bay of this companies claims not sure what has happened. I must say I believe in the original concept of E-Bay but……………

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