"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Knives
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-05-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 49
Fake Global Knives

How many people get muggd off on eBay buying fake global knives!!

Really winds me up - how can people be so nieve to think they are truly getting a bargain on these knives - set of 12 knives for like 200???

Come on... do be serious!

Sorry, but i had to get it off my chest - it really winds me up!!

__________________

__________________
chef_william is offline  
Old 01-05-2008, 11:21 PM   #2
Master Chef
 
Michael in FtW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 6,592
Other than price - how can the "fake" Global knives be identified?

When it comes to buying anything online, and eBay more especially, caveat emptor!
__________________

__________________
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
Michael in FtW is offline  
Old 01-06-2008, 12:01 AM   #3
Cook
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Posts: 80
could easily be stolen and they want them unloaded quickly. Anybody selling fake (or real with out permission) items get their accounts suspended. If they have any amount of feedback they are probably legit... well not fake anyway.
__________________
Hawkeye16 is offline  
Old 01-06-2008, 12:18 PM   #4
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 496
What I'm surprised by is that anybody would spend the time and effort making fake Globals. I understand some people like them but...really? Globals? It's not like the real ones are that expensive, the profit margin on knockoffs has to be really small.

Edit: Just saw you said 12 for 200. While I agree that's an unusual price (if you're into that brand), it's not completely outside the realm of possibility. Ebay is a buyer's market--the site is so oversaturated with everything that your bigger sellers just mark everything up a dollar or two over cost (because that's all they can get due to everybody trying to undercut everybody else) and go for volume.
__________________
Poppinfresh is offline  
Old 01-06-2008, 04:19 PM   #5
Senior Cook
 
DrThunder88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Metro Detroit
Posts: 473
Chinese factories can churn out solid stainless chef's knives for $10 retail. Kicking the price up $30 to $40 while still making it look like a bargain doesn't seem too far fetched. It might not be as immediately lucrative as, say, trafficking cocaine, but as criminal enterprises go, selling counterfeit kitchen goods is probably pretty safe!

Not that I'd know anything about any of that...
__________________
DrThunder88 is offline  
Old 01-06-2008, 06:04 PM   #6
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bloomington, IN
Posts: 1,129
Send a message via AIM to college_cook
While 12 knives for 200 (is that pounds? and does anyone know the dollar conversion?) is low, it has been stated that it's a buyer's market, not to mention that it is common to use eBay to unload extra product. For example, I bought my 1st edition Wusthof Grand Prix Chef knife for $60 where there normal price was between $120-$130. The reason was because the week I had gone knife shopping was the week after Wusthof had launched their Grand Prix II line of knives, and retailers were instructed that 1st edition Grand Prix knives had to be sold or otherwise removed from inventory before Wusthof would allow them to sell their newer knives. The shop I purchased the knife from sold about 12 1st edition knife sets over a period of 5 days because the discount was so large.

It is also possible that a retailer has decided to no longer carry the global line, or is going out of business. In either case, they would do well to sell the knives for any price they could get.
__________________
college_cook is offline  
Old 01-07-2008, 08:10 AM   #7
Executive Chef
 
justplainbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,206
About $US 400.

Quote:
Originally Posted by college_cook View Post
While 12 knives for 200 (is that pounds? and does anyone know the dollar conversion?) is low, it has been stated that it's a buyer's market, not to mention that it is common to use eBay to unload extra product. For example, I bought my 1st edition Wusthof Grand Prix Chef knife for $60 where there normal price was between $120-$130. The reason was because the week I had gone knife shopping was the week after Wusthof had launched their Grand Prix II line of knives, and retailers were instructed that 1st edition Grand Prix knives had to be sold or otherwise removed from inventory before Wusthof would allow them to sell their newer knives. The shop I purchased the knife from sold about 12 1st edition knife sets over a period of 5 days because the discount was so large.

It is also possible that a retailer has decided to no longer carry the global line, or is going out of business. In either case, they would do well to sell the knives for any price they could get.
__________________
justplainbill is offline  
Old 01-07-2008, 10:35 AM   #8
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,630
Most likely China.

There's a guitar I collect that has been copied in China and sold on Ebay. Just recently Ebay was forced to remove them from all the complaints. The real guitars, depending on their model, would retail between $1200 and $3000, the fakes could be bought for a couple hundred or less. The problem is, you could now resell that on the street to someone who has no idea what the differences are to the original.

Here's a link that shows just how big this is. Fakes Some of those pictures you may think "That guitar looks good to me?" But it isn't. It's like putting a Kia and a Ferrari in the same category.
__________________
Jeekinz is offline  
Old 01-09-2008, 01:21 PM   #9
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 49
Interesting reading for you all...

Google 'fake global knives' and click the first link.

Nobdy would ever sell 750 + worth of knives for 200 or whatever. They are cheap copies and people are getting mugged off. I think theres a guide abiout them on eBay too.
__________________
chef_william is offline  
Old 01-09-2008, 01:27 PM   #10
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
Other than price - how can the "fake" Global knives be identified?

When it comes to buying anything online, and eBay more especially, caveat emptor!
Some are stamped as 'Global Professional' they also 'ping' when tapped on a worksurface, sometimes (though not always) the black dots on the fakes are painted on, whereas in the originals different colourd metal is used to create the dark spots. Obviously the edge on fakes wont stay sharp for long, so it is actually very easy to spot a fake.
__________________

__________________
chef_william is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.