Fake B&O A8 Earphones

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by JBazz, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. JBazz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    My purse was stolen and along with it, my B&O earphones. I went looking on eBay to replace them and settled with a pair for around $60 shipping from a US address. The guy had been on eBay since 2002 with a perfect score.

    I received them today and noticed right away something was off. The boxes didnt fit and were difficult to open. When I first caught a glimpse of them, they looked out of proportion. When I finally got to what should have been the leather pouch, it was plastic/vinyl.

    I had figured they were refurbs at worst. If I thought they were gonna be cheapo knock offs, I wouldnt have paid $60. I do realize it is a small fraction of what new retails for, but it still isnt like the $15 ones shipping out of China. (I bought a pair of Audio Technica shipping out of China for $15 the same day, figuring I would compare the "real stuff" with some fake Chinese stuff).

    Pretty sure I wont keep them and will ask for my money back. Not sure if I will report him for selling illegal knock offs.
  2. DYER macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2008
    London, UK
    These B&O's have a serious fake problem on ebay atm.
    I live in the UK and wanted a second pair for my father so bought some they were complete crap... in the end I bought another pair from our local B&O store... good luck with getting your money back !
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    One thing I hate about eBay also is that if you contest the purchase and they refund you, you are prevented from leaving them negative feedback.

    I got fake things on eBay before (sadly, too common... this was a gameboy game), but most recently this came up for me for purchasing a wireless keyboard. After two weeks went by without receipt, I contacted the seller. She promptly sent me some story about how her account was frozen due to some problem with an illegitimate buyer on another item (although oddly she was able to receive my funds) and she therefore had neither intention to immediately reimburse me nor ship me anything. Basically, she tried to get me to (a) send her a money order to pay a second time for the item for which I already paid and (b) suggested she might make a paypal refund in several months' time. Right. :rolleyes: Also she had not thought it particularly worthwhile to inform me of any of this until I contacted her.

    So I filed a dispute and Paypal refunded me my money, but there is no mechanism for me to warn other potential buyers that this person is not trustworthy.

    Although I like that they have gotten rid of seller retaliatory negative feedback, I still think this is a major, major problem with eBay.

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