BUYERS BEWARE – the July/August 2009 Kitesurfing Magazine has exposed an internet scam on the purchase of kites and kite surfing equipment – and we thought we should bring it to your attention too.
“BEWARE THE SCAM
I’ve just been ripped off big time. Bought two Cabrinha Switchblade IDS’s (12m and 8m) online and paid the supplier who has now taken all my money and sent nothing. They are ignoring all emails etc. and seem to have disappeared…
If you go to www.alibaba.com and then search for almost any kite brand (I put in Cabrinha Switchblade), there are loads on offer – AND cheap too! But it’s a scam. They’ll take your money and never send you kites. Maybe you’d like to warn others through your magazine? It won’t do any reputable manufacturers or dealers any good for these rip off merchants to be around! Maybe some of the other manufacturers should join forces and clamp down on these guys. Lesson learned is “always go to a reputable UK recognised dealer”…
This scam is unlikely to have anything to do with Alibaba.com. The Alibaba site is a well established global trading site that acts as a portal for business to business trade, and just like with eBay where a scammer can create an account with irresponsible ease, so too can they on Alibaba.
Remember the old maxim, “if it sounds too good to be true, it ususally is” – and go to a bonafide dealer.