Caveat Emptor: Counterfeit Broadheads on Ebay

It’s really no secret that counterfeit goods are everywhere.  High end hand bags, watches, you name it, but broadheads never really stand out as something that is a commonly counterfeited good.  News flash…they are.

The most commonly counterfeited broadhead on Ebay is the Rage 2 blade.  Counterfeit Magnus broadheads have also been showing up as well.  They look the part, but they’re cheap Chinese junk and you’ll end up wasting your money on stuff that is very poor quality.  While there are many sellers selling the counterfeit blades, user bowhunter1809 is a confirmed seller of this crap and if you’re an Ebayer, you should steer clear.  Here are three ways to spot the counterfeit blades and not blow your hard earned cash on counterfeit goods.

1.  Location Location Location.  Look where the seller is located.  If they’re in China, it’s 100% Counterfeit.  Do not buy.

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The location of the item tells you all you need to know.

 

 

2. Price.  Are they selling $120 worth of broadheads for $25?  They’re probably fake.  Anything that looks too good to be true probably is.

$320 worth of heads for $69.99 and located in China...COUNTERFEIT!

$320 worth of heads for $69.99 and located in China…COUNTERFEIT!

3. Pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words.  Unless it is an actual photo taken by the seller of the item up for bid, be suspect.  Also, unless noted, don’t buy something not in the original package.

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Collage photos like this one are red flags. This photo is from a confirmed seller of counterfeit goods.

Here is a picture from a reputable seller.  The items are sitting on a countertop in their original packaging just the way they should be.

Here is a picture from a reputable seller. The items are sitting on a countertop in their original packaging just the way they should be.

So these are three pretty good ways to tell if you’re dealing with counterfeit broadheads.  It’s not rocket science.  Ebay really isn’t what it used to be.  There are so many retailers that use it for an online outlet with cheaper overhead than running their own actual website and it makes it easy for the counterfeiters to blend in with them.  There are deals to still be found, but they’re getting fewer.  Support your local bow shop and get your stuff there, but if you’re going to use Ebay, look for American sellers with good feedback scores who are just trying to get rid of their stuff with a simple no reserve auction.   Caveat Emptor.

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