Techie Whispers: 200,000 Fake Beats by Dre Seized + How to Spot the Fake Ones
About 200,000 pairs of Beats by Dre have been taken off the streets by officers and customs agents.
They were deemed the most seized fake items this past year by the customs investigators.
Customs said this is the the first time they have seen mass production of counterfeit headphones. There was a guy traveling from New York to Cleveland with just a few; nothing like this recent bust.
Beats by Dr Dre cost between $120 and $500, but they counterfeits were being sold for $15.
Beats headphones provided the BBC with the following tips to spot a counterfeit:
- If the price seems too good it probably is.
- If a website offers you deals on multiples they are unlikely to be real.
- Look out for unprofessional packaging.
- Faded or misspelled words are a sign.
- Only buy headphones from authorized dealers
- Packaging was “about two thirds of the size…it’s very flimsy.”
- Check the wiring of the headphones and quality of the ear padding to check if it is a fake.
- The cable not being detachable from the headphone.