Dhgate - Sweet Deal or Scam

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vath57, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Vath57


    Mar 4, 2019
    Throughout the years of playing bass, I have always desired to get my hands on a Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray. However, the more than a grand price tag has always deterred me from getting one. Then I found a website, dhgate.com, which is a Chinese wholesale website that claims to have these beautiful basses for a couple hundred. According to the pictures these are the authentic, made in California Ernie Ball Music Man bass guitars, not the Sterling. I'm wondering if anyone has heard about this website/ bought one of these (apparent) smoking deals. Or whether this is a scam. Website seems secure, just without holding one of those basses in my hands makes me nervous.

    Moderator note: sketchy link removed.

    Heres a link to one of the many bases they're selling
  2. Vath57


    Mar 4, 2019
    Not sure why the link changed to "I just got $50 Coupons!" But it just sends you to the Stingray on the dhgate website.
  3. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Gold Supporting Member

    upload_2019-3-4_21-44-23.gif Those are fake, but I'm not one to tell you how to spend your money. I'm sure others will be along soon to say the same thing.
  4. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    Just the fact that your link to their page turned into a spam kind of click bait msg, should probably tell you all you need to know about that sight.

    I’m not going to say I know anything for sure, but generally “too good to be true”, especially online, turns out to be too good to be true.
  5. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK?

    my .0000042 cents

    tis what is is and what it ain't is anything close to the real deal.
    It's like a mirage:

    on the other hand: It may be a very playable, and after a lot of work, and $$ to get the electronics,hardware, frets and setup (unless you plan of doing it yourself) you'd be 1/2 way to a real deal.

    Look into a USA SUB
    Or a Sterling Ray Sterling by Music Man

    Come on now, isn't the headstock logo appropriation disingenuous?
    That they are deceitful from the start should make one pause to ponder the scruples of the forgers to begin with.

    It's your $$
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  6. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    it’s easy to find good condition ernie ball stingrays for under $900. i had one for sale for $850 for quite a while before it sold. and i got lots of offers of $6-700 too so apparently people think that’s what they’re worth.
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  7. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    Counterfeiters and scammers rely on the human desire to "get a deal."
    rocu likes this.
  8. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    If you need to ask, “is this too good to be true?” you already know the answer.
    rocu, Clark Word, miljoneir and 5 others like this.
  9. Haans

    Haans Altruistic nihilist Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Bergen, Norway
    Chinese fakes are not cool. Get a SBMM Ray34 if you can't afford the real deal. They are superb, and VERY close to the original in quality and craftmanship. The SUB will also be much better than the chinese knock-off.
    MCF, RobTheRiot and deernaes like this.
  10. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK?

    Heck you'd likely get closer with an OLP.
    Especially a Tony Leven sig model .
    formulaz likes this.
  11. db59

    db59 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2015
    On the positive side....bundle those savings with a purchase of 5+!!!!!!!
  12. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
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  13. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    The idea of "copyright" is a nebulous concept in large areas of China. There are even fake Apple stores there selling fake Apple products. DHGate is notorious for pushing counterfeit items.

    Cheap Chinese fake
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  14. Mister Boh

    Mister Boh

    Oct 23, 2016
    Annapolis, MD
  15. CatchaCuda


    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Any SUB, SBMM or OLP would be a better purchase.
    jd56hawk likes this.
  16. redwingxix


    Oct 21, 2015
    The first time that bass ever sees the USA is the day you open the box.
    mikewalker, spaz21387, GregC and 5 others like this.
  17. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
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  18. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    It's a tale as old as time. You want something, but you can't afford it. What's the answer? Easy -- just save up your money and buy the Real McCoy when the time is right. Period. :thumbsup:
    BooDoggie, Vath57 and jd56hawk like this.
  19. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Why not buy one of the $200 Rolex watches they sell, too.
    Chrisk-K, MCF, mikewalker and 3 others like this.
  20. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    I recently saw a youtube video of a person who bought a fake from China. The pole pieces on the pickups were actually silver paint dots.:rollno:
    Runnerman, murphy, Axstar and 6 others like this.
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