Identifying Fake Bose In Ear headphones

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  1. iscripter macrumors member

    iscripter

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    Here is a link to a video I made to help people identify fake Bose in ear headphones. I bought these on Amazon.com from a third party seller for $50. I was able to get my money back. I emailed a link to the video to Bose support and they said they definitely are fake headphones.

    I guess sometimes if the deal sounds to good to be true it probably is.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Ea6uZ-9rU


    HTML:
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  2. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Is there anything these days that isn't being copied and faked?

    Amazing.
     
  3. calvy macrumors 65816

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    Good to know. I have a set of these I need to sell. I'll make sure to post pictures that prove they are real so buyers can know.
     
  4. mattym0310 macrumors newbie

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    I've recently purchased some 'Bose IE' Headphones off Amazon (described as Genuine Bose products) yet I'm not sure whether they are real or not. I have called Bose and they were very unhelpful, and basically said that they cannot help me. I have searched the internet and am still none the wiser as they seem to have some aspects of the 'real deal' eg;
    -good quality print on all documentation and box (including pictures)
    -Bose logo's on the leather case
    -blue writing for the 4digit number on the left earpiece
    -lined detail on the mesh of the 'phones rather than squared
    -the 'Bose' logo on the earpiece seems good quality and not just painted
    -quality of sound seems better than my Sennheiser CX300-2's

    Yet there are also some things that don't seem authentic:
    -Firstly, the price (£30 off amazon market place)
    -Green writing on the box (supposed to be yellow??)
    -No serial number (that i can find)
    -White and black colour of the wire doesn't twist it is simply straight down the full length of cable

    Link to photobucket album containing some pics: http://s173.photobucket.com/albums/w62/mattym0310/BOSE/
    Thanks in advance!
     
  5. Frenchjay macrumors 68000

    Frenchjay

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    Those look real my friend. Did you buy them from amazon or third party? The dead give away is if you got a warranty card with a serial number. If you phone bose and they accept that code they are legit!!
     
  6. dagored macrumors 65816

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    No, they look fake. The case for one and the plug, unless Bose changed it, is small and at a 45 degree angle.

    The tip on the left IEM should be cut at an angle to the head of the monitor. I am looking at mine and comparing them.

    I know mine are legit, or the Bose store I was in at Anne Arundel, Maryland, sold me fakes.
     
  7. JonathanK81 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, I think it looks fake. The warranty card has your serial number on a sticker on the front. And yes the plug is a smaller thin plug at a 45* angle. Also the box, the picture of the woman looks a little faded out.
     
  8. mattym0310 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies. Yeah they were bought third party (from Amazon Marketplace). The reason I thought they may be real is because I thought the older style ones (version one and maybe even two??) both have a similar square plug, from what I've read. I dunno if i'm wrong though. :confused:
     
  9. mattym0310 macrumors newbie

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    Just spoken to Bose on the phone again, and they said that the number on the Left ear-piece shows that the product was made in 2007 which would be correct for both wire colour and plug end size/shape. However, being a 4-digit number it is easy to copy and so I'll have to send them in to be able to tell for sure.
     
  10. ItsJustafnPhone macrumors 6502a

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    if the price is good to be true, it usually is


    however if you paid a fair market value and got a fake, immediately ask for a refund and ship the item back
     

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