Anti-Counterfeiting Group Shuts Down 176 Websites
By mustang6560 on 4/12/12
The current retail value for a new TaylorMade R11s driver is $400, so if you find it online for, let's say, $200, please proceed with caution. I know the temptation of purchasing a brand new driver for half off of the retail price is great. However, the feeling of purchasing a counterfeit version of your favorite driver is a much greater feeling and it's in the opposite direction.

The big O.E.M.'s know that as long as there is a demand for counterfeit clubs, there will be a supply. But, it doesn't stop the U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (whew!) and similar groups from trying to prevent the buying and selling of counterfeit clubs. In fact, the USGMACWG (not sure if that's an approved acronym or not) just shut down 175 websites that engage in the sale of illegal equipment.
The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group announced today that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has issued a preliminary injunction shutting down over 175 websites engaged in the sale of counterfeit golf products. The order marks one of the Golf Group's most significant achievements in the fight against counterfeit golf merchandise sold via the Internet. Fresh on the heels of the Golf Group's report in January of the successful disabling of over 60 counterfeit websites, today's news further illustrates the Golf Group's commitment to protecting consumers from unknowingly purchasing fake golf equipment.
Golf equipment is expensive, so I definitely understand why some people purchase fake versions of their favorite driver (it's the same reason women buy "Coach" purses on the streets of a big city). But, I also understand why the big O.E.M.'s want to shut down these illegal club manufacturers (equipment sales is big business).
"Over the last decade, we've seen a significant increase in counterfeiters using the internet as a tool to dupe consumers," said Christa McNamara, Director of Corporate Communications for TaylorMade-adidas Golf. "We've shut down a significant number of websites with this recent joint action, and it gives us momentum in our efforts moving forward."

"We understand that as long as there are people buying counterfeit clubs, there will be counterfeiters out there to make them," said Jud Hawken, Associate General Counsel for PING. "That's why education about counterfeit equipment is so important. Hopefully, future visitors to these websites will see that they've been shut down and realize that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
If you don't want to spend a lot on golf equipment and you want to avoid getting duped by counterfeit equipment companies, then don't buy this year's equipment. Buy last year's driver or better yet, buy pre-owned. Problem solved. Next issue...

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Duke of Hazards says:
I wonder if there was a big sting operation and the USGMACWG agents disguised as golfers...

Oh, and I like the new link at the end of your article for the grammar oober nazis (<---see what I did there) to discretely advise of you of your spelling transgressions.
jpjeffery says:
Tsk! It's spelt "uber"...oh, WAIT!
JimmerSD says:
How would you know if last years or a used club isn't also a knock off?
falcon50driver says:
JimmerSD, I was wondering about that reasioning also.
falcon50driver says:
TR1PTIK says:
Buy from I've bought my last two sets of clubs from them. They rate their clubs fairly, have decent prices, they ship fast and often ship free. I'm currently playing a Titleist 907 D2 driver, 906 F2 3-wood, and a full set of 670MB Forged irons, it only cost me about $300 - $350 total. In my opinion, that isn't bad.
GolferAnt says:
ebay is the best usually
Matt F says:
I wonder if any of the websites are the ones that spam the forum?
Bryan K says:
I usually buy either used or old equipment. It seems that when old equipment gets discounted because new stuff comes out, it really moves fast.
Kurt the Knife says:
i got a Chinese Cameron Newport replica if anyone wants to buy it.
mjaber says:
I wonder if that's why the spammers have been quiet on the forums for the last couple of days.

For used equpiment, I usually go to either or the local Play It Again Sports.
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