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Old 01-21-2008, 08:18 AM   #1
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addi turbo sale a fraud?

i got this from the president of skacel on ravelry:

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I think I can clear this up. The needles they are selling are most likely addi needles from Europe. They most likely are not skacel addi Turbos and do not have any warranty on them in the USA or Canada. I imagine they are not being imported through the proper chanels and that duty and customs are not being paid, thus selling them in the USA or Canada would be illegal.
They could also be black market needles - which are now being produced overseas and are starting to show up online. These however are very far and few between. If the label is written in any language besides German or English, this is a possibility.
Your best bet is to purchase your skacel addi Turbo needles from your local yarn shop or an authorized distributor online. If you have a question if someone is legit, you can check out the skacel website or email skacel. Yes, you are going to pay more than $7.00, but you are getting a quality product with a full warranty and you are insuring that your local yarn shop will remain open in the future. Remember to keep your receipts and original packaging in case you need to exchange a defective needle - unfortunately with with all the black and grey market needles, we do need to request these items to replace them.
This is my first post on Ravelry. I was actually accepted back in November, but the email got lost in my junk mail along with all the emails on how to increase the size of certain things…most of which I do not have. Anyway, I have not had time to create a profile or anything else on this great site…but just so you know my answer is valid, I am the president of Skacel and my name is Karin Skacel. Happy Knitting…and Crochet!

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Old 01-21-2008, 08:24 AM   #2
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

Is this referring to the yahoo co-op?
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

yes it is. i shouldn't say fraud...wrong word. i'm referring to the needles not the person selling the needles or the coop host. it just has me worried and i wanted to pass it on. i also posted it on the yahoo group.

personally i asked for my money back because i don't want to take the chance of being part of something illegal.
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

Have you gotten a response?
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

not yet. i keep checking. did you order from this coop too?

i don't want to start anything but...i don't want to get fake needles or ones with no warranty either. and i certainly don't want illegal ones.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:59 AM   #6
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

Yeah, I ordered 4 pairs.
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

I've bought some on Ebay before and they are great! Label is written in English & german (made in Germany), I still have the packages.
As for the coop, she did say these were made in Europe and I don't mind not having a warranty on them. So I have no problem with not getting Skacel Turbos, just regular Addis.
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but for $7 are they coming through the proper channels? i know she said they were made in europe...but...that doesn't mean they aren't coming illegally.
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Re: addi turbo sale a fraud?

Or it could mean she's getting them at wholesale prices.

Karin Skacel only mentions issues with these not passing through proper channels insofar as customs and duty (and voided warranty), but this would be the case for any coop that brings items from overseas... These are not the counterfeit ones, which is why I'm fine with it
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okay then! i just thought i would pass this along for those who do mind.
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