Buying Youth Golf Clubs on eBay

By Bill Herrfeldt

At any given time, there are hundreds of sets of youth golf clubs for sale on eBay, where you'll have a chance to bid on both new and used clubs. Buying clubs on this website is a great way to get a high-quality set for a youngster at a fraction of what it might cost in a retail store. But beware of fraudulent dealers who sell counterfeit clubs. Here are a few ways you can find the dealers that are legitimate.

Step 1: Make sure the price you pay is not too good to be true. So-called "knock-off" clubs are only worth a fraction of what branded products would cost. If you have any doubts, ask the seller for the serial numbers that appear on the clubs. Don't buy the clubs if the seller refuses to give you that information, because the clubs are likely to be counterfeit.

Step 2: Look closely at the images of the golf clubs. If they resemble the ones you might find on the manufacturers' websites, it casts doubts as to whether the clubs are for real. Ask the dealer to send you pictures of the clubs you are buying.

Step 3: Limit your search to dealers who have made numerous sales. If a dealer has made few sales and the clubs are priced low, be wary.

Step 4: Buy only from dealers that offer PayPal buyer protection, so that if you are a victim of a scam, you can file to have the full amount of the purchase returned to you.

Step 5: Be sure the club length and grips will fit your youngster if he is big or small for his age. If you have doubts, simply ask the seller for that information before putting in a bid.

TIPS & WARNINGS

If you have doubts about any dealer, tell eBay immediately. Besides protecting you from spending more money than you should, you will be doing your part to keep eBay an affordable resource.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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