Nordost is not the only cable company that is struggling with the fraud market. Cardas, Tara Labs, Audioquest, MIT, XLO and many other major brands are dealing with these same issues. Buyer beware.
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I have bought used from Agon members of good standing with fine results. I also buy some cheap but real stuff. Like Pheonix Gold Speaker cables and entry level Audience ICs called Audience Conductors, I didn't even know they existed until a dealer asked if I might be interested having been an Au24 buyer in the past. You don't have to pay a kings ransom for good sound.
I did buy some so called Cardas Jumpers that were suspicious and indeed turned out to be some home made all Cardas parts Jumpers a guy had been putting together. They work quite well really, but I had thought I was buying a true Cardas made product, which it turns out I was not.
For Chayro: the real problem is folks buying the crap from China.. then reselling it here or on eBay to make a profit.. that is how the fake Kimber Hero was being sold a few years ago. Claims of still in original packaging.. Well yeah, the original fake Chinese packaging!!
Personally I just do not buy used cables anymore. It is that big of an issue.
I think the other end of the problem is US dealers buying these from the manufacturer at 60% of list price and reselling them to anyone in the world that will buy them at 40% of list. They can make many thousands of dollars per transaction. At this point the tags are cut and the deal is done.
Happens both ways I'm sure. Just research the product and always examine everything with your own eyes. Never purchase without serial numbers and follow up with the manufacturer. Simple.