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Old 01-06-2020, 08:19 AM   #1
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Default Counterfeit Zeiss and Leupold Rifle scopes

Y'all do your investigative work when buying or trading for used Zeiss or Leupold scopes.

I got a Zeiss Conquest in a trade, I was told that it fogged up and took a long time to dry out. So, I sent it back to Zeiss and was quickly notified it was a fake. Zeiss shipped it back and sure enough they never made a 6-24 x 50. This fake was sold by a company on Ebay called Falcon Tactical Gear in 2018. I got 200.00 in it and I have it sitting on the mantle, so I can look at it everyday.

Leupold has a serial number on their scopes and you can call them and ask about the serial numbers. Mark 4 scopes are very popular to imitate.

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Old 01-06-2020, 08:20 AM   #2
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lots of fakes on ebay...
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:23 AM   #3
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lots of fakes on ebay...
Amazon is real bad as well.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:24 AM   #4
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That sucks, sorry freaking people! At least you didnt pay full price for it.

Its getting pretty ridiculous. There are a bunch of fake Sandvik carbide inserts ( metal machining inserts ) on ebay and Amazon now. Gotten to the point where I can only buy from trusted sources.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:30 AM   #5
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Good info thank you.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:33 AM   #6
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If you want to have more mantle decorations you can buy them new for around $60 from Chinese Shenzhen Gaode Trading Company. Terrible looking "fake" as it doesn't replicate anything. They should have followed the lead of RTIC and just flat out copied Yeti. :-)

That sucks, but at least you weren't burned worse than a couple hundred bucks on trade value.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:35 AM   #7
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I had no idea. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:59 AM   #8
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High end counterfeit golf clubs and Zeiss binos out there too.

Sorry you got burned but thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:13 AM   #9
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I’ve seen those counterfeits on eBay before. The two clues are an adjustable objective which I’ve never seen on a Zeiss, and selling for $80.

If it’s too good to be true then it probably is.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:13 AM   #10
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Man that sucks. Thanks for the heads up though.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:14 AM   #11
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The fake Leupold scopes are coming in “factory sealed boxes“.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:35 AM   #12
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Good info stinks you got burned though.


Sierracharlie out…
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:43 AM   #13
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Thanks for sharing. I have a brick on my mantle



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Old 01-06-2020, 09:45 AM   #14
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Lol.
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:32 AM   #15
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Yeap, my wife go burnt on a Larue mount a few years ago...Fake made in china .
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:34 AM   #16
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Thanks for passing that along!
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:52 AM   #17
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Thanks for sharing the things people will imitate now a days is crazy
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Old 01-06-2020, 11:03 AM   #18
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Well that sucks!


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Old 01-06-2020, 11:41 AM   #19
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Yep. All the fake scopes I've seen look fake. A guy I work with paid $700 for a fake Leupold. Worth $50.

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Old 01-06-2020, 11:50 AM   #20
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Surprised Zeiss didn't hold onto it, if I were them I wouldn't want to be putting counterfeits back into circulation
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Old 01-06-2020, 11:50 AM   #21
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Chinese. They copy everything, have been doing it since the 1800's and they don't care. A godless bunch of people that have no conscience.
Cameras, scopes, Red dots, coins you name it. Aimpoint, Leupold, Zeiss, Trijicon etc... I got burned on an Aimpoint years ago and had to learn the difference.
I got burned on some silver trade dollars also, they were copied and stamped out of junk metal in the 1800's by the Chinese. Buyer beware.
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Old 01-06-2020, 11:54 AM   #22
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1st I’ve heard of the Zeiss but they’ve been doing fake Leupolds for several years now. Leupold actually had it on their website at one point.
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Old 01-06-2020, 12:37 PM   #23
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Wish.com. You can get any high end scope you want for $200. Guaranteed every one of those is fake


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Old 01-06-2020, 03:08 PM   #24
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Should be legal to load up a van and go "scammer hunting"

If you got good at finding them you could probably advertise for guided trips and be covered up in work
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:03 PM   #25
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Hope my Leupold dealer is legit.....he seemed kinda shady on the phone!

Freaking china!
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:10 PM   #26
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Man I hope the nikon I ordered off amazon last year is legit. At first they sent me the wrong scope that was more expensive and I thought that was strange for a legit business but they promptly sent me the right one once I notified them. Any ideas on how to verify it?
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:14 PM   #27
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The finish don’t look right on that scope either. My zeiss scopes have a deeper matte finish that that.

Sucks OP, keeping it on the mantle for a while will be a good reminder though.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:35 PM   #28
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Are there any reputable sites for used glass? binos, scopes, etc. I know TexasBinoMan has a good rep but are there any others? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:37 PM   #29
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I have a fake Leupold that I bought knowing it was a fake, but I had to see it for myself. I called Leupold and ran the SN and yep it was a fake. But Leupold gave me a good discount on a new scope for them in exchange for a shipping label and billing info from them company that sent it to me. They said they had boots on the ground in China but can't get it all shutdown.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:55 PM   #30
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Op that’s a terrible terrible copy of a Zeiss, it’s not even close. Buyers beware!
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Old 01-06-2020, 07:00 PM   #31
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You know what would kill fakes on eBay and Amazon, a requirement from the Federal Trade Commission to force them to re-reimburse you for your losses.

You'd see both of those companies do a better job at policing who opens up a shop.
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Old 01-06-2020, 07:01 PM   #32
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Are there any reputable sites for used glass? binos, scopes, etc. I know TexasBinoMan has a good rep but are there any others? Thanks in advance.


CameralandNY.com

EuroOptic.com

These are 2 that I’ve used with complete confidence.


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Old 01-06-2020, 07:28 PM   #33
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Are there any reputable sites for used glass? binos, scopes, etc. I know TexasBinoMan has a good rep but are there any others? Thanks in advance.
I have had good luck with SWFA
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