Years ago, China was the knockoff capital of the world. Knockoff products from cheap ladies bags to books to CDs prevailed and were available for pennies on the dollar. Military personnel stationed in Taiwan and Southeast Asia used to laugh about the prices and how you could go broke saving money. Today, things have changed a little bit. China suppliers still offer a wide variety of cheap knockoff products, but as trade with China increases and American companies begin to use Chinese manufacturing plants an skilled Chinese labor to produce their products, including golf bags, the consumer struggles to figure out who is the legitimate manufacturer and who is producing knockoff products. Recently, Callaway Golf moved a manufacturingplant in New York State to China.
The lost jobswere skilled labor. Callaway Golf had an interesting rationale for their move. They stated that the market for their products was becoming world wide and they wanted to place some of their manufacturing plants closer to their international buyers. Callaway was not at all concerned about the ability of the Chinese labor force to maintain Callaway’s high manufacturing standards. Callaway is not alone. All the big golf club and golf bag manufacturers, including Taylormade, Ping, Srixon, Titleist, Benetti and many others are already or soon will be manufacturing golf bags in China.
In addition, with the advent of the Internet and our global village, made-in-chinacom is fast becoming a flourishing Internet address. Entrepreneurs are developing their own golf bag specifications and working with Chinese golf bag manufacturers to produce their own custom golf bag. There is even one golf bag manufacturer in Colorado has designed a golf bag that is also a flexible cooler. The golf bag is made in a Chinese factory, shipped to his Colorado warehouse and is a big seller. You can also buy custom made golf bags complete with logos.
However, the knockoff golf bag problem still prevails. Online review after review complains about the poor quality of what the buyer perceived was a name manufacturer’s cheap discount golf bag. Some of the counterfeit leaders were China suppliers manufacturing Callaway, Odyssey and Taylor Made golf bags. Unfortunately, there are many golf bag sellers that knowingly purchase counterfeit golf bags from their China factory suppliers and illegally market them as legitimate brand name golf bags at a discount price. The purchaser soon finds that the great online deal was really a cheap discount golf bag that was never made to the brand’s specifications.