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Did I just buy Fake Beats by Dre?

1,359 281 December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Hey guys,

It sounds like you guys are expert and was wondering if the beats I bought were fake or real. Its weird because I did so much research and when I went to go buy it from a guy on craigslist for $200 cash, it looked so real. These are the Beats By Dre Studio.

I watched so many Beats By Dre Fake VS real videos and im just in awe on how close they are in comparison. Its just crazy.

Some Notes:
1. It came with Duracell batteries
2. It registered fine on the beats website but I dont think that means anything.
3. The wrapping looked good. THe top of the box had a opening where the shrink opening is. I heard someone on youtube that if the top is completely covered in shrink then its fake. This one had a nice oval opening around the top.
4. Im not an audiofile so I cant tell if its "good" music or not so sound quality wise I dont know.
5. I can not find any Real or Fake ones that look like the box that I have and the manuals that mine come with.
6. The biggest thing is that when I opened the Battery Cover, There was NO serial Number at all. Like not even an indication that a serial number sticker existed. Its really weird. Its just blank.

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The lack of the serial number makes me think fake, but it's not like I know these headphones. Did it come with a cleaning cloth? Did you do a comparison of the box to a real one? A quick Google search shows many examples of what the fakes look like. I thought all models had the number written inside and came with a huge cleaning cloth.

I would ask to see a receipt from the seller if it is even possible. Hindsight 20/20 and all.
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4. Im not an audiofile so I cant tell if its "good" music or not so sound quality wise I dont know.
what difference does it make to you then whether they are real or fake? just peace of mind?
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My audiofile friends say they suck anyway so no loss.
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Although I am sure the product isn't terrible, you're not buying quality audio equipment here, you're buying the marketing!
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If they're fake, someone went to a lot of trouble to duplicate them. If they look like Beats when they're on you head, don't worry about it. Like others mentioned, you're not paying for sound quality, you're paying for an image.
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I know a lot of these exist. The local university store got caught selling fake ones from their distributor. No one had any idea until someone tried to have service done on them.
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My audiofile friends say they suck anyway so no loss.
yes.

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Although I am sure the product isn't terrible, you're not buying quality audio equipment here, you're buying the marketing!
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If they're fake, someone went to a lot of trouble to duplicate them. If they look like Beats when they're on you head, don't worry about it. Like others mentioned, you're not paying for sound quality, you're paying for an image.
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Oddly enough, most of the work in spotting fakes is in to box itself, not even the headphones. If you got them new in box, you may be able to go with the stuff I read here: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-det...fessional- on how to see if they are real.

If they were used, it is entirely possible that a real box was used to hold some fake ones. Is the CL guy still running his add? You could try emailing him from a different email and see if he is still selling them. If a random stranger is selling more than one set of headphones at a time, he is likely running an interesting shop.

I would personally get a refund and drop half of that on a better quality set of headphones.
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Dam... How did I not put the analogy of buying a $150.00 Monster HDMI cable in my first post? Just noticed it's a MONSTER brand!

Wan't to know if you're overpaying?
Does it say MONSTER on the packaging?
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The Beats we sold when I worked at RadioShack has plastic like the way you describe it. Then our idiotic district manager made cut the plastic and remove the interior to deter thieves.

Quickly looking online I saw that the front usually says "beats by dr. dre" with a "tm" next to it.
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Any chance you could post a couple more pictures of the headphones themselves, top part of the band, underside of the band, etc? If they are fake then they're a pretty good counterfeit, and from the looks of it with a proper box as well.

I'm with Somesort in that I would definitely check to see if the ad has been pulled, and possibly even pursue another purchase with a different email/have a friend help you out. If they're selling more then I would certainly be suspicious, and would venture a guess that you're either dealing with a really good imitation or possibly stolen merchandise.
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I think the real question here is, if you're not an "audiofile", why are you spending $200 on headphones in the first place?
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The Beats we sold when I worked at RadioShack has plastic like the way you describe it. Then our idiotic district manager made cut the plastic and remove the interior to deter thieves.

Quickly looking online I saw that the front usually says "beats by dr. dre" with a "tm" next to it.
I just saw that, can't find a good pic of white ones, but the color is off the usual font and the "tm" is missing. If this is the box that has the guys face plastered on the side of it, examining that may help. The face is usually darker than it should be to the point of not being able to see the neck.

Not sure why China can copy headphones nearly perfectly yet can't scan a box.
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I just saw that, can't find a good pic of white ones, but the color is off the usual font and the "tm" is missing. If this is the box that has the guys face plastered on the side of it, examining that may help. The face is usually darker than it should be to the point of not being able to see the neck.

Not sure why China can copy headphones nearly perfectly yet can't scan a box.
I noticed that it does not say Monster either, but I'm not sure if that because of their partnership ending or because it's fake.

this ebay listing has really good pictures of the box:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beats-by-...2ec472df4e
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