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I bought a Nikon ProStaff off ebay and then read somepost that have me worried that it could be a Chinese knockoff. Is there any way to tell if it is a authentic Nikon?
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what is the first two characters in the serial # under the scope?
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

what is the first two characters in the serial # under the scope?
 
I Dont know, I havent received it yet. I was just wondering if there was anything I should look for when I get it.
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look at the serial number, the pro staff scopes are new enough that they should have two letters as the first two characters in the serial# i have three nikon scopes they all start with two letters followed by six numbers.
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The best way to make sure you don't get a fake is to buy from a reputable dealer.  We recomend buying from this outfit on eBay.
 
 
or just buy from them direct at http://swfa.com/default.aspx
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

The best way to make sure you don't get a fake is to buy from a reputable dealer.  We recomend buying from this outfit on eBay.
 
 
or just buy from them direct at http://swfa.com/default.aspx
 
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

The best way to make sure you don't get a fake is to buy from a reputable dealer.  We recomend buying from this outfit on eBay.
 
 
or just buy from them direct at http://swfa.com/default.aspx
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

The best way to make sure you don't get a fake is to buy from a reputable dealer.  We recomend buying from this outfit on eBay.
 
 
or just buy from them direct at http://swfa.com/default.aspx
 
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Yeah I know, but It was a impulse buy and I was not aware of this place yet. 
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Okay, okay...we'll forgive you then.  PM me a link to the auction.
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Thanks for the link.
 
That scope cost $103. and you paid them $112., eBay fees plus Pay-Pal fees would be about $15.  Unless they hit you for a large shipping charge they did not make money which is a sign of counterfeit product.  They also used a Nikon "stock" image instead of an image of the actual product that they are shipping which is also a bad sign.
 
Nikon also maintains a minimum authorized price policy for the authorized dealers which this outfit is obviously not obeying which usually means they are not buying from Nikon...another bad sign.
 
Low end Nikon products are not your typical items to be counterfeited but the Chinese are always expanding their operations.
 
Keep your fingers crossed cause this one could go either way.  They do have a large feedback rating in their favor but they also sell allot of other items (like mosquito repellant) that can get their rating up high.
 
In that class of scope it would be hard to tell optically if it is fake but would be easy to tell cosmetically and mechanically as most China made scopes have a tell tell fit and finish to them.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

Thanks for the link.
 
That scope cost $103. and you paid them $112., eBay fees plus Pay-Pal fees would be about $15.  Unless they hit you for a large shipping charge they did not make money which is a sign of counterfeit product.  They also used a Nikon "stock" image instead of an image of the actual product that they are shipping which is also a bad sign.
 
Nikon also maintains a minimum authorized price policy for the authorized dealers which this outfit is obviously not obeying which usually means they are not buying from Nikon...another bad sign.
 
Low end Nikon products are not your typical items to be counterfeited but the Chinese are always expanding their operations.
 
Keep your fingers crossed cause this one could go either way.  They do have a large feedback rating in their favor but they also sell allot of other items (like mosquito repellant) that can get their rating up high.
 
In that class of scope it would be hard to tell optically if it is fake but would be easy to tell cosmetically and mechanically as most China made scopes have a tell tell fit and finish to them.


I think it was a pretty large shipping fee around 13 bucks. Anyways I will post some pics when I get it. Thanks for the help. 
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Where do unauthorized dealers get their large quantities of NIB product that are not knockoffs?
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I sent it back, the seller said it was new but it sure did not look like it was.
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Ebay can be hit or miss, I still enjoy buying things off ebay.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

The best way to make sure you don't get a fake is to buy from a reputable dealer.  We recomend buying from this outfit on eBay.
 
 
or just buy from them direct at http://swfa.com/default.aspx
 
Heigh thats one of my favorite stores - I buy stuff there all the time,  great guys to do business with. Thunbs Up
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