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« Reply #225 on: April 10, 2012, 03:54:19 PM »

cheap5fingers[dot]us

that site is fake

I know it's fake. I said that in my post.
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« Reply #226 on: April 17, 2012, 10:29:10 AM »

Wish I saw this thread before I ordered my shoes Sad

Just bought and paid on eBay via this seller:

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/weizhanmei-32188?_trksid=p4340.l2563

Bought these shoes (40 delivered):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-BLACK-VIBRAM-FIVE-FINGERS-SHOE-MENS-SIZE-40-45-/320861987325?pt=UK_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item4ab4dd61fd

Please let me know if you think they are fake or not.

Ps - I have contacted the seller stating that if they aren't authentic I want an immediate refund as they are advertised as 'Vibram Five Fingers', and so this sale would be against eBay guidelines.

Thanks.
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« Reply #227 on: April 17, 2012, 10:57:52 AM »

They are probably fakes.  They're using the fakes telltale imaging and the shipping is weird.
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« Reply #228 on: April 17, 2012, 10:59:47 AM »

Thanks Justin.

Have entered an email exchange with buyer demandinHaart halt to shipping and a full and immediate refund if they are not authentic. Let's see what happens. Payment was via Paypal.

Any other thoughts anyone?
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« Reply #228 on: April 17, 2012, 10:59:47 AM »

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« Reply #229 on: April 17, 2012, 11:28:53 AM »

They are being shipped from China which personally I think is immediately suspect. However I think there was something on some outlets in China selling 'seconds' or poorer quality Fivefingers from Vibram factories - the bits are Vibram, but the workmanship isn't so good. Seeing as this goes on with lots of other products it wouldn't surprise me.

And then there are the fake-fakes, which are probably poorer quality still.  I'm staying well clear of the cheap China ones myself!

I'm undecided on whether this seller - from the UK - has gone abroad and got himself a small stash of genuine VFF's he's selling off cheap, or whether they are fakes -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vibram-Five-Fingers-Komodo-Sport-LS-/120889013725?_trksid=p3286.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7786316438512890727

70 is cheap for a pair of Komodosport LS in the UK, it has to be said....
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« Reply #230 on: April 17, 2012, 11:30:52 AM »

I would be very hesitant to purchase from anyone on Ebay who is using a stock photo and not the actual photo of the goods.
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« Reply #231 on: April 17, 2012, 11:51:50 AM »

If you review that sellers other listings, he has a red/black KSO combo that was never manufactured by Vibram.  Another sure tell that they are selling fakes.  You can report them on eBay, however nothing will ever get done about it by eBay.  Every fake pair this guy and other fake sellers on eBay sells is still money in eBay's pocket.  I have reported dozens of listings of fake sellers and have yet to see one of them shut down. 
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« Reply #232 on: April 17, 2012, 02:19:44 PM »

Have requested a refund.

Have also requested a friend in US to buy some from a store several miles away from him in Cali and send them to me.

In UK you are looking at around 90 as the cheapest price for definite article - that's $143. Over your side of the pond it's around $85 according to official site (that's 43). Unbelievable price difference.
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« Reply #233 on: April 17, 2012, 02:27:30 PM »

Have requested a refund.

Have also requested a friend in US to buy some from a store several miles away from him in Cali and send them to me.

In UK you are looking at around 90 as the cheapest price for definite article - that's $143. Over your side of the pond it's around $85 according to official site (that's 43). Unbelievable price difference.

Sadly the cost of mailing from the US to the UK is quite high, so your saving wont be as great as you thought.... (sorry)   -  also $85 is 53 at 1 to $1.59 (todays rate on xe.com) so your sums aint quite right
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« Reply #234 on: April 17, 2012, 02:30:18 PM »

Sorry - slip fo the keyboard. It is 53. Tapped the 4 by accident Smiley

For me, any saving is a good saving - I'm very 'frugal' I am Smiley
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« Reply #235 on: April 18, 2012, 08:19:23 AM »

Have now received a full refund from the eBay seller.

US friend has agreed to ship a pair for me. Thinking of buying via Amazon (US), shipping to him and then he will ship to me.

These are authentic I take it:

http://www.amazon.com/Vibram-Fivefingers-Water-Shoes-Black-Black-Black/dp/B001JYIM1A/ref=sr_1_2?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1334750807&sr=1-2

Do share any thoughts. If everyone's happy I will pull the trigger Smiley

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« Reply #236 on: April 18, 2012, 09:10:18 AM »

You may get a better deal with the current 40% off  at GSSGear see details here :  http://birthdayshoes.com/forum/buy-sell-or-trade/huge-sale-on-all-vff-stock!!/
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« Reply #237 on: April 18, 2012, 09:58:47 AM »

Thank you very much!
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« Reply #238 on: May 08, 2012, 12:46:23 PM »

M126C is what colour and model?

I see a pair of KSOs of this style being offered nearly new on eBay:


However, a Google search throws up the M126C model number being used for all sorts of other strange colours of KSO, and Vibram do like to embroider their logo in yellow, so I very strongly suspect it's a fake.

EDIT: A "C" suffix on a model number usually indicates a camouflage sole, doesn't it?
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« Reply #239 on: June 03, 2012, 06:43:27 AM »

Hey, i need your opinion about these,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-Vibram-five-fingers-shoes-kso-toe-socks-gif-36-37-38-39-40-41-42-43-44-4546-/120925322770?pt=UK_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item1c27b5fe12#ht_9916wt_1396

do you think those are fake?
the price is very low..
thanks.
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