Published on May 11th, 2013 | by Alan Cross1
Beware the Fake Beats Headphones
When I was in Thailand last month, I wandered in a shop in Ao Nang and noticed that they had a really decent selection of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. But on closer inspection, they (like the ultra-cheap Apple Nanos in the window) were fakes.
And these counterfeit ‘phones aren’t just confined to Southeast Asia anymore. Authorities in the UK have just seized 200,000 pairs. Normally, Beats are expensive, selling for $250 and up. These fakes were being sold in Cambridge for about $25.
How can you tell if your bargain Beats are counterfeit? First, the packaging. The fake stuff is about two-thirds the size of the normal Beats box and it’s very cheap and flimsy. Check the wiring and the quality of the ear pads. And if the cable isn’t detachable, you’ve been had.