That’s me, Todd Topor. I launched iGolf Value Guide.com in 2012 because frankly, I love golf. But I also happen to love technology and admit to being a bit obsessed with the “next big thing” in golfing equipment. However, I’m not immune to the restrictions of a budget.
The realization that I’ve gotta have the next big thing (but much to my chagrin, don’t have an unlimited golf equipment budget) served as the catalyst for the launch of iGolf Value Guide. The idea formed like this in my mind: Todd, you love golf. You’ve worked in the golf industry for over two decades. You live in a city with more than 120 golf courses. You know everyone there is to know in the industry, you’ve used every piece of equipment, and it’s what brings you joy. How can you turn this passion into an entrepreneurial profession?
Slowly but surely, the light bulb grew brighter: Consumers have always resold their big purchase items like cars, home, and smartphones. What if I used the same strategy when it came to golf equipment? What if golf shops used iGolf Value Guide to offer compelling trade-in values that would benefit customers and promote new purchases? What if iGolf Value Guide partnered with golf sales reps to supercharge their demo days? What if our trade-in values were backed with a 125% high payout guarantee? Voila! The fundamentals for iGolf Value Guide were in place.
With iGolf Value Guide, you have the opportunity to sell your new and used golf equipment. Our philosophy is simple: unlock the value of your past purchases, so you can acquire the next indispensable Titanium Driver or Forged Iron Set. It’s a seamless exchange of trading your old gear and upgrading your game.
Of course, I know that a great idea isn’t likely to be successful unless you have the business savvy to back it up. I do happen to count those retail-specific skills as some of my more redeeming qualities. With more than 30 years in the golf industry (read: General Manager of a Golf Superstore in the Golf Capital of the world, Palm Springs), I’m intimately familiar with terms such as ROI, Turns, Margin, Open To Buy, Average Ticket and Unit per Sale. And, that Golf Superstore in Palm Springs was named one of the Top 100 Golf Shops in the USA by Golf World Magazine from 1994-2012. I probably know more than the average bear about the profitability, resale prices, and so on, of all types of golfing equipment. I’m also fortunate to have working relationships with all of the top golf manufacturers in the country.
Finally, no one knows better than me that golf and charity have gone hand in hand pretty much since the sport was invented. My personal experience proves that connection to charity as well. In 2003, I co-founded Lumpy’s Scramble for Autism to raise money for families in my local community affected by Autism. That continues to make me feel good. As such, I knew that iGolf Value Guide needed to have a space for me to continue helping others feel good through service too, which is why iGolf Value Guide has its own charitable division: Clubs 4 Charity. Clubs 4 Charity will help you turn your next tournament into an even bigger success by garnering more donations for the charity of your choice.
But don’t just take this all from me:
“iGolf Value Guide is invaluable to our private club. The service is extremely convenient, the amount offered is always fair, and the customer service is of the highest level. Thank you iGolf Value Guide for helping us provide an even higher level of service to our members.” - John McCarthy, PGA, Head Golf Professional, The Lakes Country Club
“iGolf Value Guide is by far the best trade-in company we have used. They make everything seamless for our Members and our Golf Professional staff. Offering Toscana Member credit toward new clubs by trading in their old ones couldn’t be more convenient for all. A true win-win!” - Charlie Peterson, PGA, Director of Golf, Toscana Country Club