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  • What's the deal with TradeTang.com?

    While browsing through the website posted on ... "OT: Vintage Music Ads" thread, I saw a link to a guitar related site at the bottom of the page and clicked to see.

    Turns out it's these Trade Tang guys. I'm seeing more and more links to them everyday. You would think they'd be worried about lawsuits or whatever but instead, they seem to be getting bolder and business seems to be booming.

    WTF is going on?!? There are cheap copies of any guitar you can think of there.
    http://www.tradetang.com/for-sale/-Custom-Shop-Johnny-Signature-Guitar-Mint-/116679-1543757.html

  • #2
    They are counterfeits, being that it is illegal to purchase and own counterfeit goods here as well buyers can go to jail for importing them.

    Gibson and Fender are going after the makers in China and have had several successful prosecutions here in the US as well.
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    • #3
      Given that they're in China it's going to be awful hard for say Gibson to take any sort of legal action against them.
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      • #4
        They are counterfeits, being that it is illegal to purchase and own counterfeit goods here as well buyers can go to jail for importing them.

        Gibson and Fender are going after the makers in China and have had several successful prosecutions here in the US as well.


        Could you point me to a statute that states it is illegal to own counterfeit goods? I've wondered about this before . . .
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        • #5
          Could you point me to a statute that states it is illegal to own counterfeit goods? I've wondered about this before . . .


          I've also wondered about that. I don't know if there's a law about owning one but it would seem logical for there to be one against bringing them into the country.

          I'm just surprised to see how these guys seem to be growing and although everyone claims they would never buy a counterfeit, somebody sure as hell is giving them business.

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          • #6
            I've also wondered about that. I don't know if there's a law about owning one but it would seem logical for there to be one against bringing them into the country.

            I'm just surprised to see how these guys seem to be growing and although everyone claims they would never buy a counterfeit, somebody sure as hell is giving them business.


            I think it

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            • #7
              I though this was going to be about a swingers site.
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              • #8
                Is it bad that I'm drooling over what an amazing copy that is? I'd KILL for a Johnny A.
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                • #9
                  Is it bad that I'm drooling over what an amazing copy that is? I'd KILL for a Johnny A.


                  Yeah, me too.
                  Think about it though, if they would just eliminate the "Gibsun" name from the headstock, it really wouldn't be any different than any other of the millions of Gibson and Fender clones in the world.

                  Would it?

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, me too.
                    Think about it though, if they would just eliminate the "Gibsun" name from the headstock, it really wouldn't be any different than any other of the millions of Gibson and Fender clones in the world.

                    Would it?


                    hmmmm
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                    • #11
                      It might be safer to purchase some of those guitars than it would others: I can almost imagine a SWAT team busting down your door if John Hall traces one of those Rickenbacker copies to your house.

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                      • #12
                        I gotta admit I've been curious about these too... Chances are, some are made in the same factory as other " name brand" Chinese made guitars.

                        But ultimately, it's flooding the market with fakes. How many are re-sold to some poor sucker on Craigslist?


                        I thought I read somewhere that the shipping charges are colossal also.
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                        • #13
                          I gotta admit I've been curious about these too... Chances are, some are made in the same factory as other " name brand" Chinese made guitars.

                          But ultimately, it's flooding the market with fakes. How many are re-sold to some poor sucker on Craigslist?


                          I thought I read somewhere that the shipping charges are colossal also.


                          Yeah, considering how good some of these copies look now and not as easy to distinguish as they once were... I can definitely imagine some people being fooled.

                          What I'm curious about is the name on the headstock. If they were a halfway decent clone, something that could be modded and upgraded, I'd seriously consider one of those Johnny A copies. I won't be buying any of the $4000-$6000 originals anytime soon.

                          If I could get one without the "Gibsun" name on the headstock, I'd jump on one. I guess I could always order one and cover up the name but wouldn't like to send money to a company making conterfiets... although I've done it dozens of times by buying clones.

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                          • #14
                            100%: Big discount for big order. hmmm

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                            • #15
                              100%: Big discount for big order. hmmm


                              Yeah.
                              If the guitars are anything like the English translation, they may not be worth the postage stamp.

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