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  1. Depreciation Rates of Drivers and The Used Driver Market Generally speaking, when a new model of ANYTHING comes out, the previous model depreciates in value. Sometimes it means big savings and sometimes it doesn't. Computers are a great example of this due to Moore's Law which basically says that the computing power of a cpu doubles every 2.5 years or so meaning your computer becomes obsolete after perhaps 3.5 years of being on the market.... Is there a pseudo "Moore's Law" for golf clubs/technology??? Could we call it "Spalding's Law" after my favorite character in Caddyshack who would never be capable of this type of thinking... so it is ironic and funny...?? Perhaps? When I see a new driver on the market that is hyped up to be the "solution" to all my golfing woes I get excited. When I see the $500 price tag I start looking at last year's model a little bit more critically knowing I could only afford it by donating plasma to supplement my income... or a kidney. I see 2014 models going for $75... I see 2009 models going for $50... I see 2004 models going for $40. Obviously the depreciation rates are NOT linear. There is a value zone here and you can take advantage of it!!! Spring is generally the season of savings in the golf world. New products are fully out and marketed well. HYPE HYPE HYPE!! New driver promises to cure slice and possibly cancer!! WOOT WOOT! That's when I examine the price points of the lowly last years model or even 2 3 years prior. According to the local golf pro ( he is honest and knowledgeable) a driver that is close to 3 years old is the tipping point between max savings and still benefiting from advances in technology. I am in the process of looking for that "perfect" club. It's going to be purchased this spring (April?) It's probably going to be a Callaway model. And it's more than likely going to be purchased via the internet. Which is the next topic. The Used Driver Market.... Yikes. Counterfeit clubs are no where and everywhere depending on who you asked. Remember that local golf pro?? His buddy and #1 salesman told me flat out "Don't buy any clubs online... 50% of all clubs online are counterfeit." I just nodded my head like that I believed that he was telling the truth and was not at all BIAS in anyway shape or form. Obviously if you purchase clubs online then their business loses that opportunity to make a sale. Obviously when you see the "new" driver on EBAY like a Taylormade R15 going for $19.99 you are looking at a counterfeit club. Anyone out there use the online retail stores? The pga certified online retailers that GUARENTEE authenticity? I asked the salesmen about that and he conceded that using "those online stores" "MIGHT" lessen the risk... some what. I'd like to hear what you guys think about this online funny business. I'm not willing to pay $70 for a Cleveland Launcher Comp IN STORE if I can get it for $20.00/free ship online. If you have any thoughts on what's better I'd appreciate it. 1. Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme v. Callaway Big Bertha (2014) 2. Callaway Hyper X v. Callaway X 460 Tour. Any help advice or thoughts derived from your personal experience buying/selling used clubs would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
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