Posted 05 November 2007 - 08:36 AM
From the Leupold Website.
Counterfeit Leupold Riflescope WarningLeupold® is issuing a customer alert to purchasers of products, particularly via Internet sales, in regard to bogus Leupold products that are apparently being illegally imported from the People’s Republic of China. These products bear many of the marks and trade dress of current Leupold & Stevens riflescopes making them very hard to distinguish externally from authentic Leupold products.
In recent months, counterfeited Leupold Mark 4® riflescopes have begun to arrive with increasing regularity at the firm’s Beaverton, Oregon, headquarters for service. These products are not manufactured by Leupold and are not covered by the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.
Leupold employs serial number tracking for all its riflescopes, so if a customer finds a scope that is suspect, he or she can simply write down the serial number and call 1-800-LEUPOLD to confirm if it is indeed authentic.
In general, most of the scopes appear to originate from Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China), and have “Leupold Mark 4” laser engraved on the bottom of the turret in a silver etch, while the black ring on the objective is etched in white and does not include the name “Leupold.” The scopes also do not bear the Leupold medallion, a mark all Leupold scopes will always possess. An authentic Mark 4 riflescope will always be engraved black on black and have the name “Leupold” engraved on the black ring.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 06:13 PM
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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:44 PM
Everything is being counterfeited nowadays (electronics, clothing, pharmaceuticals...). This business has gone beyond street corner "ROLEX" salesmen in a big way. Even if it says "Made in USA" don't be so sure.
The repercussions for getting caught at this game must be a joke because it sure ain't slowing down. And honestly I don't think foreign governments are all that concerned about catching the violators themselves as long as Americans are buying the product.
The other end of it is many of the counterfeits are actually product rejected by the very same company who's screaming bad copy. And the truth is they themselves contracted the foreign company to make parts to begin with. So who is really to blame there?
Edited by Leo, 06 November 2007 - 02:44 PM.
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