Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
IMO this is most likely a distributor for an over seas company, probably in China or India. You have to be careful, there are a LOT of these on Ebay. Rob and I looked into the China/India manufacturers when we were thinking of starting up our own tack store. Basically you bulk order 100 or more of a certain item for super cheap, they make them all (sometimes questionable quality, but some are good) then they ship them to you. Then you sell them at a major profit. There are some reputable companies out there that buy this way..Roma is one of them, so if you have a Roma pad that you paid 50 bucks or so for ha ha...guess what, Roma only paid like a buck to have it made in china!!! (I know this because when one of the companies sent us sample pics, many of the pads actually said "Roma" on them).
It doesn't sound so bad except a lot of people getting into doing this know nothing about horses, equipment, sizing, etc. That's when you get weird wording like "stallion" size, etc. Some non horse person probably called it that either in China or here because they don't know any better. I've seen things called the wrong thing too...especially types of bits. And if you have to ask the seller a question, chances are...they won't know the answer or worse they will guess and pull an answer out of their butt.
So, if you see a seller on ebay that has a TON of the same exact thing...you may be getting a great buy, BUT, be sure to check out their feedback and investigate and remember, they may not know what it is they are selling.