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Counterfeit Education

Illegal imitations of YONEX badminton equipment can be found everywhere!

There are many imitations of YONEX equipment found on internet auction sites. Many of them are crude copies that break easily injuring you or causing damage to your surroundings.

Please be careful when you buy products from unofficial stores and sites. Counterfeit racquets are not covered by our product warranty. We are constantly trying to reduce the availability of YONEX counterfeit products however products still appear on the internet so please take extra care. 

When you are purchasing the U.S. YONEX model racquets instead of other regional models, besides getting a genius product, the U.S. YONEX racquets also come with the warranty, better quality, and more.

Some of the differences to look out for between Genuine and Counterfeit YONEX products: 

No. 1 - Hard to peel off the hologram sticker

It’s difficult to remove the hologram sticker on genuine racquets due to the special glue used. With counterfeit racquets the hologram sticker is easy to peel off with your nail.

  
Genuiue YONEX Racquet Counterfeit - Sticker can be easily peeled off
 
Sticker(1) New hologram sticker for genuine products.

 

No. 2 - Check the YONEX logo

The 'YY' device and YONEX logo are printed clearly. The 'O' in YONEX on counterfeit racquets is often wide and round, with a larger space inside the letter.

  
Genuiue YONEX Racquet Counterfeit - Letters of YONEX are not correct

 

No. 3 - Check the production numbers on the racquet cap

All genuine racquets have laser engraved production codes on the cap above the handle.

   
Genuiue YONEX Racquet Counterfeit - Codes are only printed, not engraved

 

No. 4 - Check the colour of butt cap 

If you already have a genuine racquet, please compare the butt caps colour. A counterfeit racquet will often be a different shade of green, too light or too dark.

 

  
Genuiue YONEX Racquet Counterfeit - Green color is too light and logo is the wrong shape

As well as racquets there are many examples of counterfeit clothing, shoes and strings. If the price is remarkably cheap compared to the genuine product then there is a high likelihood that it is counterfeit. Please take extra care when buying YONEX products from unauthorized internet sites or auctions. If you have any questions regarding YONEX products, please contact your local distributor.

 

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