- Buy Beats by Dre products from authorized retailers.Examples of Beats by Dre authorized retailers are: Radioshack, Gamestop, Sears, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, Car Toys, and Staples.
- If purchasing Beats from a third-party retailer or seller such as Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, flea market, or thrift store, review the following steps in this article to help you spot fake Beats.
- Examine the product’s exterior shrink wrap to verify whether the plastic wrap is loose, or has been wrapped unprofessionally.Signs of loose or unsightly shrink wrap could indicate that the product is counterfeit.
- Verify that your Beats by Dre product is packaged in the official Beats by Dre box.All images and logos should look bright and high in quality, and the color and appearance of the headphones on the packaging should match that of the headphones in the box. Additionally, all copy printed on the box should be grammatically correct and spaced evenly, and no images or copy should be faded.
- Verify that the bottom of the Beats by Dre box features the product’s barcode and manufacturing information.All spacing should be even, and the copy should be grammatically correct.
- Examine the inner box to verify that the official Beats by Dre logo is centered in the middle.In addition to the outer shell packaging, all Beats by Dre products should have an inner box that holds the actual headphones and accessories.
- Verify that the headphones carrying case is high in quality and features the official Beats by Dre logo.The headphones case should look high in quality, feature the Beats by Dre logo in raised lettering, and have a zipper that functions normally.
- Verify that all accessories are included with your Beats by Dre product.In addition to the carrying case, most Beats by Dre products are accompanied by a storage pouch and extra ear buds. Your product should also come with the user’s manual, as well as warranty documents.
- Verify that the earpieces of your headphones feature the official Beats by Dre logo.The logo should be accurate and high in quality, and there should be no signs of glue present on the earbuds or earpieces.
- Verify that the control cable has two black clips:one that features the Beats by Dre logo, and another that controls volume.
- Thoroughly review all return and refund policies offered by retailers that are selling you Beats by Dre products. If a retailer does not offer or honor returns and refunds, you may want to avoid buying Beats by Dre from that particular retailer.
- Be wary of retailers that are selling Beats by Dre products for relatively low discount prices, or offer deals such as “buy one, get one free.” In most cases, authorized retailers will not sell Beats by Dre products for prices that are unrealistic, or unbelievably low.
- Keep in mind that counterfeit Beats by Dre products may be relatively low in quality, and are not protected by the Beats by Dre warranty program. If you suspect that a Beats by Dre product is counterfeit, purchase the item at your own risk.