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I was looking for a TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad on Ebay. The SuperQuad retails for $399.99 in all stores. I found several "Buy Now" deals for as little as $250.00. There were even people selling the heads only for $175.00.
Most, if not all of the auctions with heads only, were from China, Hong Kong, or somewhere outside the U.S. The sellers had a large number of negative feedback comments having to do with fake or couterfeit items. The sellers almost never have more than 100 total feedbacks.
The selling method has changed somewhat lately with the fakes being sold by users registered in the USA but still heads only. The other problem now is there have been hundreds if not thousands of fake drivers sold to USA buyers. These buyers are now selling the fakes ones once they find out they were scammed. Here is a list of what to look for and how to avoid being sold a fake:
1. Avoid auctions from China, Hong Kong, or anywhere outside the U.S.
2. Avoid any auction for a driver head only.
3. Check sellers other items for sale. If they are selling only R7 SuperQuads, and a bunch of the same item, avoid this seller.
4. Ask seller to provide a picture of the serial number. If they do not respond then avoid the seller. If they provide a serial number you can email Taylor Made customer service and ask if the serial number is legit. Also be sure to ask if the serial number has been registered already.
5. Don't be fooled by "stock" pictures (the generic ones from a manufacturer's website). The pictures on a bad auction will always be a stock picture and not the actual picture of what you are getting.
6. Avoid auctions that have very blurry pictures, like the seller is trying to hide the true condition of the item...because they usually are!
7. Avoid sellers that are new to Ebay or have less than 100 feedbacks when you are buying anything of high value like this.
8. Avoid any auction for a driver listed in a non-golf category. They use this tactic to avoid eBay dumping the auction.
9. Avoid any 1-day auctions with a "Buy Now" for less than any other auctions. If it is too good to be true, it probably is!
10. Avoid any auctions that are PRIVATE. The reason fraudulent sellers post private auctions is to hide current bidders IDs from being warned or contacted that they are bidding on a fraudulent auction by previous people who already got scammed.
A few of ways to detect the fakes are:
1. The weights are aluminum instead of tungsten.
2. No serial number on the hosel.
3. Thin, cheap, sloppy spray painted finish instead of powder coated.
I recently won an auction for a SuperQuad sent from New York by someone with a 28 (all positive) feedback score. He was selling 8 identical auctions for SuperQuads with regular or stiff flex shafts, brand new. It was my fault for not noticing all these little details in the auction (or left out of the auction) that added up to the club being a clear fake. I asked for a refund and he refused at first, but when I filed a dispute through PayPal I got a full refund and gave him a negative like he deserved. I also contacted 4 other people that already won these auctions of his to let them know they probably got fakes also. None of them realized it until I told them what to look for and to go to a golf store so a professional could verify it. They all got refunds for their fake clubs too, and thanked me many times for contacting them!