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How to spot a counterfeit grip and not get ripped off.
on May 25, 2011
The brand new grip I received from the lowest priced Marketplace seller is clearly counterfeit. A $213 fake.
I complained to Amazon and the seller and received a refund, but this is what to watch out for:
1) The Nikon grip is supposed to be magnesium (metal). The one that arrived is plastic. The real grip is fairly heavy, not cheap plastic-y crap.
2) There should NOT be a "Made in China" sticker on it
3) There should be a weather seal.
4) The pin is supposed to be black (not silver)
5) The cap should be white (not clear)
An Amazon seller is selling fake merchandise, and whether it is on purpose or by accident, I am appalled that they are being allowed to continue to sell on Amazon. Counterfeit products are highly illegal, immoral, and a bane on the economy.
I recommend paying a little more for a real one from a trusted source/authorized reseller. You can get a cheap fake or even a known brand on ebay for 1/4 the price, if that's what you're looking for.
The "real" genuine Nikon grip deserves 5 stars, but I'm leaving my review as 1 to help alert others regarding the caveats they should be aware of when purchasing from non-authorized Nikon dealers. Good reviews get lost in the pack, but people actually read bad reviews and I think this is worth knowing.