Counterfeits of Yonex Rackets being so common these days, it is important to know how to identify fake rackets.
- Price – It is the first factor you need to look into. Rs. 2000 product cannot be sold for Rs. 200. If price is too good to be true, it probably is and the product is fake. If you prefer a less expensive racket, then go with a different brand. As originals of other brands would be better than counterfeit products.
- Serial Number –There should be two serial numbers on Yonex Rackets, one on the shaft and the other on the cone
- Serial Number on Shaft - It is a 7 digit unique racket code that is unique to the country of distribution
- Serial number on Cone – It refers to when the racket was produced, in the format of DDMMYXCC. This format is explained below
- DD and MM represent Date and Month of production
- Y is the year. For example, if Y is 0, then the production year is either 2000 or 2010. A quick research to see when the model you purchased was released should validate the authenticity of serial number and your racket
- X is model revision number. Rackets that have a lot of generations gets a higher number for each generation.
- CC represents country of distribution. Below is the list of country codes used by Yonex.
CN/CP: Chinese National Team
HK: Hong Kong
IP: International Player (allegedly)
NZ: New Zealand
SP: South Pacific (other SEA countries?)
UK: United Kingdom
- Serial Number Inquiry – You can also check the authenticity of the serial number on your racket by contacting Yonex Representatives or inquiring on forums such as Badminton Central and Badminton Forum.
- Engraved – Also, these serial numbers are laser engraved on genuine Yonex rackets. Rackets with printed serial numbers could be an indication of counterfeits.
- Carry case – This is another give away of counterfeited products. All Yonex cases come with thin internal padding
- Grommets – Original rackets have thicker and higher quality grommets
Other ways to identify fake products
- Incorrect Logo and Brand paint color/font on Racket, Grip, String, Carry case and the plastic wrap around the handle
- Incorrect Grommet size
- Wrong Hologram
- For Pictures and more info on this, visit Yonex link below
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Badminton Central forum Link where you can post your inquiry:
Identify Fake Racket inquiry template for Badminton Central forum:
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racket model: Yonex XXXX XXXX
shaft serial: 1234567
cone code : 123456AB
source : shop name, location
price : Rs.
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