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Advice needed Fake ski gear websites?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Chipd, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Chipd

    Chipd First Runs

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    Anyone had any experience with a dodgy site? or know how to tell if one is selling fake stuff?
    I'm seeing some ski gear that looks kinda too cheap. If a ski gear site isn't secure is that a dead giveaway?
     
  2. hipo

    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    A commercial site that's insecure, particularly if they are selling anything, and irrespective of what or who they are using for payment processing is to be AVOIDED.
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    This.
     
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    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    insecure being http instead of https?
     
  5. hipo

    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's the first sign. Second sign is who they are using for the payment gatway. Any site wanting to process your credit card directly themselves is a very big red flag.
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    They should always use a "trusted" third party service for cc handling.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've seen quite a few adverts recently on Facebook for different seelers selling Spyder.

    but when I dug further they are all linking back to the same site and the address shown on the site is for a residential address somewhere in hicksville amurka
     
  8. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    some friends of my brother were talking about the great cheap deals they got on North Face ski gear in Shenzhen
    I said ‘but isn’t it fake?’
    blank looks
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Simple way to check is north face wording is linked by stitch.
    Original letters are seperate not joined.
    Must say though, i bought fake jacket for waterproof moto riding(enduro) and it has been great.
     
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    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I usually find the prices on the site to be the best indicator of genuineness. For example if the site is selling Arcteryx Alpha jackets for $200 then I go with my gut and call fake or scam. A back up google of the site name usually seals the deal.
     
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    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wife's uncle went on one of those shopping trips.
    Came home with a 2nd Gen IPad.
    Which was

    "Powered by Android"
     
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    I think most people buy fakes knowing that they’re fake
    it’s a funny thing - the fake has the status of the trademark but not the quality that might be associated with the brand
    who would want that?
     
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    I looked at a lot of ski and outdoor gear in Chengdu & Xi'an, from what looked like legitimate stores, but none of it appealed. Difficult to say on the quality, some of it looked alright. Certainly from high-street stores prices were not particularly cheap. No photos of the ski stuff sadly but, I did take this one of a real mash-up: an AirMax & New Balance combo from the popular 'New Bunren' brand. Xi'an seems notable for the many variations on NB gear you see. These were the equivalent of about AUD$80 so I didn't bother, but I probably should have.

    New Bunren.jpg
     
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    many years ago I purchased a Columbia jaket from a retail outlet in Queensland through , advertised as end of season stock So it was cheap, but not fake cheap.

    When it arrived it was a shockingly bad fake, so I called him up and arranged a full refund including Freight both ways.

    He was very apologetic and this had never happened before, being a reputable retiler etc

    Once the money was in my account I then contacted Columbia. M
    A week later they contacted me to advise they had been round and found more fakes and arranged for them to be confiscated
     
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    Some of the feedback I've seen on FB is that you order and pay for the discounted Arc'teryx jacket and a scarf turns up. When you complain, they blame warehouse error and claim they will fix before disappearing - rinse repeat.
     
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