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GasquetGOAT
03-29-2008, 04:45 AM
As some of you may know from another thread that I've recently (unfortunately) purchased a fake Pure Drive Team OS racquet on *bay. After a bit of researching on the net, I've came up with a list of ways to identify fake/counterfeit PDs from the genuine ones. I'd like share my findings with everyone on here.

1. The blue color on the frame head is a teal color on the fake, and a richer blue on the genuine racquet.

2. The genuine racquet should have a "TM" or "R" mark next to the "Babolat" name on the throat.
Genuine:
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee254/sagacier/L1000512.jpg

3. In the picture below, the "Babolat" word that goes vertically down alone the throat is printed closer (further down) towards the grip on the genuine one (on the right), the letter B is more visible when the racquet is laying flat than on the side.
http://images21.fotki.com/v631/photos/1/1028519/4443578/IMG_7224-vi.jpg

GasquetGOAT
03-29-2008, 04:47 AM
4. The font of "Babolat" on the grommet of the genuine seems to be in Bold. while on the fake it looks "thiner".
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee254/sagacier/L1000504.jpg
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee254/sagacier/L1000505.jpg

5. The Babolat emblem (or whatever it's called) on the fake butt cap looks slightly elongated vertically and the red color is less intense.
Fake
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee254/sagacier/L1000494.jpg
Genuine
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee254/sagacier/L1000498.jpg

6.Another way to check is to look under the grip. All Babolats have a foam palate, so if it is graphite or carbon, its fake!

7. There is also a bar code under the replacement grip which looks exactly like the one inside the throat.

8.

9. Other obvious ways are to check the balance, weight, swing weight and etc.


Please refer to the above as a guide only, as they're only my own observations and is no way of representing official words from Babolat.

Hope this guide would be of some help in preventing people from getting duped on fake Babolat racquets.

I'm happy to add/edit if there are more inputs and corrections.

Cheers

satchman
03-29-2008, 05:59 AM
How was the hologram sticker on the fake one? Look anything like the real one?

Perhaps we should list down websites and nicks (handles) of sellers caught selling fake stuff. Of course, please verify with the manufacturers before making such strong accusations! :)

GasquetGOAT
03-29-2008, 07:42 AM
How was the hologram sticker on the fake one? Look anything like the real one?



lol I've omitted to mentioned it. That's the other giveaway, it did not even have one! :)

RoddickistheMan
03-29-2008, 07:53 AM
This ow to identify a fake thing is flawed. For starters on the website that helps compare the fake and the real. ON the real one there is a r next to babolat as opposed to the tm. ALso the real one also has pro competitor range on it as well. Unless the guy who made the website has two fakes hes showing than your guidelines might hold true. I think some of them are accurate but others are iffy.

RoddickistheMan
03-29-2008, 07:58 AM
Also I would like to say that this thread would help tremendously if everyone contributed. maybe everyone who's bought a fake babolat could chip in with photos or insights. Ive seen similar threads in sneaker collecting message boards where people post pics and guidelines about how to not buy fake shoes on ****. I think we should do the same for these babolat fakes out there.

GasquetGOAT
03-29-2008, 11:35 AM
ALso the real one also has pro competitor range on it as well.

I think you maybe right about that, I will delete that point as for now.

For starters on the website that helps compare the fake and the real. ON the real one there is a r next to babolat as opposed to the tm. According to this website, the genuine ones should have a "TM" mark next to the "Babolat" name on the throat.

http://reviews.e b a y.com/Beware-of-Counterfeit-Babolat-Tennis-Racquets_W0QQugidZ10000000001340596?ssPageName=BUY GD:CAT:-1:LISTINGS:3

GasquetGOAT
03-29-2008, 11:39 AM
Also I would like to say that this thread would help tremendously if everyone contributed. maybe everyone who's bought a fake babolat could chip in with photos or insights. Ive seen similar threads in sneaker collecting message boards where people post pics and guidelines about how to not buy fake shoes on ****. I think we should do the same for these babolat fakes out there.

That's a great idea.:)

Richie Rich
03-29-2008, 02:30 PM
be careful with 4 1/4 grips as well - a huge majority of fakes are that grip size

regentville
04-08-2008, 02:14 AM
Hi,

I wrote an article about fake Babolat Pure Drives and I believe that you're using one of my photos. :)

http://www.regentville.com/2007/03/fake-babolat-pure-drive.html

I'd have to disagree on point 2. As my current genuine PD (older non cortex version) has registered instead of TM on the throat as described in the picture below and it is genuine. As far as I know, similar to Wilson, Babolat has two different genuine batches. The earlier batch had the word registered instead of TM and the newer batch all came with TM I had purchased two PDs a couple of months apart and the newer one had the TM logo. In fact, the one with the registered logo is featured on the right hand side of the image you posted below.

The differences in batch timing or manufacturing plants might have attributed to some small dissimilarities which I discussed in the write up i did when i found several differences between my two genuine K61 95 (Asian) racquets.

http://www.regentville.com/2007/08/wilson-k-six-one-95-differences.html

You might also want to check my latest article on Fake Wilson K Blades.

http://www.regentville.com/2008/04/fake-wilson-tennis-racquet.html

GasquetGOAT
04-16-2008, 06:50 AM
Hi,

I wrote an article about fake Babolat Pure Drives and I believe that you're using one of my photos. :)

http://www.regentville.com/2007/03/fake-babolat-pure-drive.html

I'd have to disagree on point 2. As my current genuine PD (older non cortex version) has registered instead of TM on the throat as described in the picture below and it is genuine. As far as I know, similar to Wilson, Babolat has two different genuine batches. The earlier batch had the word registered instead of TM and the newer batch all came with TM I had purchased two PDs a couple of months apart and the newer one had the TM logo. In fact, the one with the registered logo is featured on the right hand side of the image you posted below.

The differences in batch timing or manufacturing plants might have attributed to some small dissimilarities which I discussed in the write up i did when i found several differences between my two genuine K61 95 (Asian) racquets.

http://www.regentville.com/2007/08/wilson-k-six-one-95-differences.html

You might also want to check my latest article on Fake Wilson K Blades.

http://www.regentville.com/2008/04/fake-wilson-tennis-racquet.html

Thanks for your insights, hope you didn't mind me borrowing your example. You are right about point 2 and I have now corrected it.
Great write ups on your website by the way!:)

aeropro
05-18-2008, 09:13 PM
I could no longer see the pictures here. Can somebody upload them? :confused: