Global Edition

Golf’s on-line traders bid for credibility

12.23am 1st October 2009 - Corporate

In the light of the recent Ebay counterfeit golf equipment scandal, perpetrated by a global criminal gang over several years and raking in millions, Marketplace is spearheading a campaign to assure online shoppers that they can still buy genuine golf clubs and accessories on the web at low prices.

Andrew Fothergill, JamGolf founder, commented, “This fraud is a blow to all legitimate online sellers who work hard to deliver authentic products at low prices. Credit should be given to Ebay for taking action as soon as the scam was uncovered, but much work now needs to be done to rebuild confidence of the buying public.”

How can confidence be restored? Andrew explained, “Being transparent in saying how lower prices are achieved. For example, the JamGolf marketplace is made up from 180 PGA Professionals selling guaranteed genuine golf equipment throughout Europe. Selling overstock and clearance merchandise alongside the latest models, most of the items are brand new or ex-display. They just cost less and we shouldn’t hide these facts.”

The trial of the criminals behind the fake clubs scam is expected to last three months and is bound to attract negative publicity for online sellers. Andrew’s message is clear though; buyers should not be deterred from online bargains, but should seek out expert sellers with a reputation to protect.


In related news... (GBN) is for the many thousands of people who work in the golf business all around the world.

We cover the full range of topics both on and off the course. We aim to supply essential information both quickly and accurately in a format which is easy to use. We are independent of all special interest groups.


Click here to sign up for our free twice weekly golf industry news summary

View the latest newsletter here