If a deal on a brand new set of golf equipment bought on-line sounds too good to be true, it very effectively may very well be. A current bust of Chinese counterfeiters proved that time and may function discover to purchase golf gear solely from trusted retailers or from tools producers immediately.
Fifteen folks in China have been convicted this week for his or her roles in a serious counterfeit golf club ring, an trade watchdog affiliation named U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group reported.
Following what the U.S.-based enterprise group referred to as the most important raid of counterfeit golf gear ever, performed in 2020, a courtroom within the Chinese district of Pudong convicted all 15 folks on trial after the raid. The complete case worth of the faked tools was greater than $1.8 million and concerned 120,000 pieces of tools falsely carrying the branding of Titleist, TaylorMade, PXG, Ping, Callaway and Cleveland/Srixon.
Thirteen folks have been convicted for counterfeiting registered emblems, and two folks have been convicted for promoting them. Combined, the defendants have been sentenced to 42 years with fines totaling $574,461. Another particular person was tried within the case, and the result of that trial is pending.
“We are very pleased with the outcome in this case, and we hope it serves as a strong message to any potential counterfeiters and sellers of counterfeit golf products in China or elsewhere that this behavior will not be tolerated,” Jud Hawken, affiliate normal counsel for Ping, stated in a media release announcing the verdict. “We will continue to work closely with law enforcement across the globe to take down these counterfeiters, eliminate the selling of these fake products and protect golfers everywhere.”
The case concerned raids at 10 areas, together with the producer of the club heads, shaft and grip suppliers, homeowners of assembling workshops, delivery facilities and on-line chat rooms. Counterfeit merchandise confiscated within the raids included full golf golf equipment, club heads, shafts, grips, luggage, labels and extra. Photos of the raid may be found on the trade group’s web site, www.keepgolfreal.com, and on Facebook.
The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group was fashioned in 2004 to assist worldwide legislation enforcement because it pertains to misrepresented golf gear. The group consists of Acushnet (Titleist and FootJoy), Callaway, Cleveland/Srixon, Ping, PXG, TaylorMade and Adams Golf. The group stated within the launch that its efforts have led to the shutdown of greater than 1,500 web sites concerned in counterfeiting and have led to the seizure of greater than 2 million faked merchandise.