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MichaelBond   , 56

from England


How to Avoid Getting Ripped-off When Buying Sports Goods Online


With the cost of branded sports goods being so high, it can be tempting to grab a bargain when you see one, but the high value of sports items also makes branded sports goods a lucrative proposition for scammers and fraudsters. If you are buying sports goods, such as Nike sports shoes, soccer clothes and team jerseys online, you need to be careful that what you are buying is the genuine article and not a cheap copy.  Here are a few tips to help stop you getting scammed when you are buying sports goods online.


Use your judgement

The first thing you have to do is use your common sense and don’t rush into any purchases. If you see your favourite team’s soccer clothes for sale at half the price that you were expecting to pay, there is a very good chance that the kit is not genuine. Quite simply; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.


Check the address

The best sports goods stores, such as Unisportstore, will always provide full contact details, including a proper mailing address. If there is no mailing address provided, or it appears to be an anonymous looking PO Box number, then be very wary about spending at money at that particular store.


Check to see if the store is mentioned anywhere else

Fraudulent online stores usually appear and disappear fairly quickly, so you are unlikely to find the name of the store mentioned anywhere else. Do a quick search in Google for the name of the sports store and see if you can find it listed in any directors, or sports magazines. If a sports goods store is not listed anywhere else, it is one to be very careful about.


Look at the quality of the site

People who are selling sports goods, soccer clothes and branded sports jerseys are usually not too concerned about the quality of their website, because they know that it will not be around for too long. If you see lots of badly written content with poor grammar and the site does not look very professional, it could be a sports goods store that has been put together simply to make a quick buck and then quickly close down again.


Buy from sports goods stores that offer payment by after-pay methods

Online sports goods stores that are selling fake sports products are not going to want to give their customers any chance at all to return the goods, so they certainly won’t be offering any payment methods that would leave that particular door open. If the store is offering any kind of after-pay payment methods, which allow you to pay for the goods after you have received them, then that is usually a sign the store is a trustworthy one.


Unfortunately, it is branded products like sports goods and soccer jerseys that people often get caught out with, because the price of these types of items makes it worth unscrupulous sellers taking the risk of selling fake goods. If you have any doubts at all about a store that you are buying sports goods online from is genuine, don’t risk wasting your money, come straight out of that site and visit a reputable online sports goods store instead.