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Jim at Wine Glass Pro Shop

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About Jim at Wine Glass Pro Shop

  • Birthday 07/19/1949

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    Quincy, IL, USA
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    Ahhh...Golf, Good Wine, Fast Cars, Typical Male stuff
  1. I recently read an excellent article on MyGolfSpy.com entitled “10 ways (not) to buy fake clubs on Ebay” Not to pick on Ebay because it is an very good, well run company who, I think, does the best it can policing it's policies concerning the items offered for sale, but the article went on to state that, according to results of a test conducted by MyGolfSpy, 24% of the clubs purchased on Ebay are fake. The article went on to inform the reader of various tests they could conduct both before and after purchase of a golf club to determine whether the club was authentic or not. I sincerely believe that anyone who decides to risk purchasing a golf club on Ebay, or any other auction site, would be wise to incorporate the methods for their own protection. But I would like to point out an additional method I think everyone ought to consider. That is, is the seller making any money? Let's face it folks, nobody takes the time or makes the effort to list an item on an auction site just to be a nice guy. They want to make money! For example: Recently I found a Callaway Diablo Edge Driver that had sold on Ebay for roughly $185.00. Not bad at all considering that my local Discount Golf Store offered the same club to me at $299.00 less a $20.00 discount because I'm such a nice guy. Did the guy selling the club on Ebay make any money? Consider this: Let's say the guy on Ebay wanted to make around $20.00 profit on the listing to pay his store overhead and to put a little in his pocket. Then he had the fees which Ebay charges. Insertion fee of a $1 or so, listing fees of roughly $10.00, PayPal fees of $5.00, and of course the shipping fees of say $12.00, give or take. I've round off these numbers, but they are pretty close. Now, not considering the inbound freight on the club when he purchased the club originally, and may be a couple of other costs, that would mean he could not have paid more than $137.00 for the club from Callaway, and that is if there were no “middlemen” involved. Perhaps this sounds normal to some of you, but when I consider that most of the websites and brick and mortar stores I have visited are selling the club for $299.00, they must marking the clubs up roughly 218%! For some reason, I find a 218% gross markup a little hard to believe. I have been in business for a number of years and I would love to mark the stuff I sell 218%. Of course, I get the feeling that I won't be in business very long, which I would definitely not love at all. Like they always say, if a deal to good to be true…….
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