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Thread: Rackets in Singapore
09-06-2003, 04:18 AM #1
Rackets in Singapore
I have just signed up as a member of Badminton Central. Really good site that I have been following for a few months.
Would like some help from badminton players in SINGAPORE.
Someone previously wrote that Bras Basah Complex is the place to go for buying of rackets.
With so many fake rackets going around is it possible for vendors to sell fake rackets at the same price as genuine rackets?
At Bras Basah there is this shop called Ranking Sports. Are they reliable? Are the rackets that they sell genuine?
Their price they quoted for an MP100 which they claimed is genuine was S$160 and I got it from them. The serial number did not end with SP.
My friend went to Weston Sports in Peninsula and the guy there quoted me the same price. All the rackets at Weston carried serial numbers with SP.
Was worried that I got a fake. The shaft of mine did print "Made in Japan" though.
Could badminton fans in S'pore advise me?
Also when and where do you all play? Am looking for people to play in Clementi area on Fridays
09-06-2003, 05:48 AM #2
Ranking is quite reliable, although I dont think I would buy from them again. For two reasons-
1. Singapore prices are higher than what you can get in Malaysia, (not their fault) so any Singapore shop price will probably be higher than what you can get.
2. I bought a YangYang Master Muscle 88 from them, and I suspect due to poor stringing the racket was just awful. Anyway I took it back to the shop, and reluctantly they took it back (was in great condition) and let me exchange it for a Ti Woven Fighter.. but upon later inspection, the racket had some damage on it, so I suspect that it was a used racket! Its ok though, I like the racket at least.
I doubt your racket is a fake though, as long as its Yonex with a serial #. Maybe look up the thread on Yonex serials and make sure the numerical pattern is correct. No serial = fake. SP is just one of many different distribution codes, although Im surprised your one isnt SP..
09-07-2003, 08:35 PM #3
Thank you, Khengsan.
Could try another vendor then next time.
09-07-2003, 08:48 PM #4
At this point, Im not buying anymore new rackets
Will probably stick to used rackets for now since I have no more money
11-17-2004, 07:06 AM #5
does Ranking Sports have a website?
11-17-2004, 08:01 AM #6
no it does not have....I did a search(none was found)
11-17-2004, 08:18 PM #7
well sp is the code for being made in singapore if im not wrong.however since you bought your bag in ranking it should have put made in singapore but i dont know why they din put it.saw from other treads that the 10n10 shop in bras basah also sells mp100 but made in thailand so dont be so worried first.and about the fake rackets as long as they do not name the racket the same as yonex.anyway its also a brand by itself so it can name any name it likes too.sorry im in hougang so dun think we have a chance to play together.Originally Posted by elvinlwj
11-17-2004, 10:18 PM #8Originally Posted by elvinlwj
If you racket is not "SP" - what is it ?
"IP" is also sometimes used by Sunrise.
11-20-2004, 11:26 AM #9Originally Posted by shawn30_k
If u are thinking any diff bet the sp, jp etc etc ... lots of theory and argument behind it. Up to you to believe, IMHO, all are the same ... simply code differently to distinguish the area, something like dvd code 3/1. Perharps just diff in grip size for the diff group of pple. Of course they are pple who insist sp/th feels diff, well, even 2 sp does not feel the same, so?
As for fakes, pls note they are 2 sets of number, one set on the shaft and one set on the cone, only the one on the cone has the SP/HK/JP etc ... both sets of number are engraved. Else it's fake. I did saw one fake mp100 in bras basah, really exactly the same except the serial are printed not engraved, and the YY logo on the frame is diff colour, yellow instead of silver I think. The guy show to me just to let me see the diff.
02-16-2005, 11:58 PM #10
I went to Racket World yesterday in KL, and I ask around the price of rackets... and AT700 going for RM650 and mp99 RM575 both are SP, so that comes to about SD$280 and SD$250 respectively...
So I asked them how come the rackets in Malaysia are so expansive compared to rackets sold in Singapore.... (as I have asked around other shops in Malaysia... they are roughly around that priace)
Then they ask me the price range in Singapore for comparison as I was in Singapore 3 weeks ago.... and I told them the price for AT700(SP) is around SD$240 and MP99(SP) SD$220 (places such as Queensway and Bras Basah), straight away they just told me those rackets sold at that price are all fake.... because SP rackets are order from the same distributor and should vary about 5% only... And they also came to a conclusion that my AT700TH racket($220) bought in Gala was fake too. They also commented that the the free bag (black and silver word) is a good hint that the racket is fake, so they came to a conclusion that I got cheated. And insist me to bring my racket to them for a check up~
So are these people just being rude and trying to protect their buisness? Can someone here enlighten me?
02-17-2005, 12:25 AM #11
i do not think the TH racket you bought from gala is fake.
In Singapore, most baddie shops selling yonex products as discussed in the forum are trusted as their reputation is at stake.
I guess they need to find an excuse to account for their more expensive price, correct? They will not tell u "here, i sell more expensive coz i want higher profit margin or i want to rip u off".
I guess in Singapore, it is cheaper coz more competition among retailers maybe. And also, in KL, demand may be less, so they order less as compared to bigger bulk orders in some Singapore shops.
I will say just do not bring your racket to show them Just take a pic of it and put it in the forum here, im sure many people here can testify whether it is genuine.
Originally Posted by Simp84
02-17-2005, 02:52 AM #12
I have chekce the serial and the paintjob on my racket, and I know for sure it is genuine...
However those people told me that those fakes can even duplicate the exact rackets even the nicely engraved serials.... And they say the genuine racket has a barcode inside (anyone heard of this?)???
At that point I was couldn't be bothered arguing.... As I already cheked my serial with people in this forum and its genuine
02-17-2005, 08:27 AM #13Originally Posted by Simp84
Item 12 would be interesting to you as it show photographs of the bar code sticker on a fake Yonex (Model?) and also on a real MP77. If they take the trouble to fake racket, they can also produce fake bar code sticker (hopefully with a wrong spelt word like "TATANIUNM" to give way dirty trick).
I think I have keyed the information of your racket AT700 to my list of serial nos. and date codes real Yonex rackets.
You are a real gentleman of not arguing with other when you are confident with the authenticity of your racket.
02-17-2005, 10:11 AM #14Originally Posted by leehsim
Even they prove its fake theres nothing much I can do u know hehe...
However, I am confident it is a genuine racket thanks to the tips offered here and the verification of serial code by you
02-17-2005, 10:15 AM #15
Apparently from what i have heard, the bar codes found on the inside of the original grip is used for warranty claims. I am not sure how true this is but the bar code sticker provides the model with weight as well. For example, (Ti 10 2u5).
As per source in sunrise India, the bar codes (also, i presume) are verified to check whether they are original or not. There has been bar codes on the handle even before the Laser engraving started. The older rackets used to have a serial number in either 4 or 5 digits followed by a Huge 3,4 or 5 to denote the grip size.
So what the seller is saying is perfectly right. IF the racket is a Brilliant copy (fake) that most of us cant identify then yonex has kept a last measure in its handle that will give away the clue. So yonex will not honour a Fake racket warranty claim. But i think from what you say it looks like your racket is not a fake. So rest assured.
Hope this helps
02-17-2005, 08:24 PM #16
IMHO, any brick and mortar shop in SINGAPORE will not display/sell a fake racket unless they like to court trouble with the law.
02-17-2005, 08:25 PM #17Originally Posted by Simp84