Beats are a popular brand of headphones that sell for a high price at the store. Because of their popularity, brand-name recognition, and high price, they are frequently counterfeited in an attempt to defraud unsuspecting buyers. Begin with the external packaging to identify a counterfeit pair of Beats headphones. Examine the printing of the letters, the trademark logos, and the plastic wrap quality. When a box is opened, check the inside of the right ear for a serial number. Check online to see if the serial number is still valid or if it is already in use. To avoid being duped, only purchase expensive electronics from authorised retailers, and remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Method 1 Inspecting the Packaging
1. Examine the typeface on the box to determine whether it is blurry or clean. You can often tell if Beats are fake or not by carefully reading the words on the box. The letters on the outside of the package stand out against the minimalistic background of Real Beats. If the letters are blurry, faded, or appear to have been printed on paper and glued to the box, you may be looking at a fake Beats.
Beats packaging varies slightly depending on the model and version. This can make it difficult to distinguish certain forgeries.
2. On the bottom right, look for a trademark logo that says “Studio” or “Solo.” The Beats Studio and Solo models are the two higher-end models that are frequently counterfeited. The model name is printed in large letters on the side and back of both of these headphones’ boxes. If the Studio or Solo printed on the back does not have a trademark logo on the bottom right side, it is possible that the pair is a forgery.
The trademark logo consists of the letters TM in a smaller font.
The trademark logo does not appear on the front or back of some versions of the headphones, but rather on the instruction manual that comes with the headphones.
Because the EP line of headphones is not trademarked, it will not have a trademark logo. They are, however, the less expensive headphones in the lineup, so they are rarely counterfeited.
3. Contrast the image of the headphones on the box with a genuine package. If the packaging is bogus, the box could have been digitally altered. To make the counterfeit look authentic, the counterfeiter most likely had to replace the image of the headphones on the box. Check to see if the headphones on the box match the ones on the Beats official website. Compare the highlights produced by the light on the official packaging to the highlights produced by the light on the box you’re inspecting. If the photo is incorrect, the packaging has been altered, and you almost certainly have a counterfeit pair.
The highlights created by the lights are on the top of the ear on both the left and right sides of the Studio and Solo boxes.
4. Examine the plastic seal to determine whether it is airtight around the packaging. The box containing the Beats should be tightly sealed with a plastic cover. The Beats could have been tampered with if the plastic isn’t airtight. If you’re thinking about buying a new pair, don’t do it if the plastic is missing, partially removed, or damaged.
It is extremely difficult to reseal fake Beats headphones in the plastic casing that genuine Beats come in. This is due to the fact that most counterfeiters lack access to the binding machines required to seal something in plastic.
5. Examine the seams on the carrying case to see if they are shiny or thin. Remove the carrying case and unzip it. Examine the zipper-less section where the two halves of the carrying case fold over. If the padding on the inside of the crease matches the padding on the rest of the case, the beats are most likely genuine. The headphones could be fake if the fabric is shinier or thinner than the rest of the case.
This is an extremely common feature of counterfeit headphones. Many fake headphone manufacturers put so much effort into making the headphones look authentic that they overlook details such as the carrying case.
Counterfeiters will frequently glue or knit two broken halves of a carrying case together to refit a carrying case. This causes a fake pair’s crease to appear different than a genuine pair’s.
On a genuine pair, the padding along the crease will be the same as the rest of the case.
Method 2 Checking the Serial Number and Software
1. For a simple test, determine which ear the serial number is printed on. Examine the case around each ear cushion while holding the headphones in both hands. There will be a “L” and a “R” to indicate which ear is on the left side and which ear is on the right side. Pull out your headphones to make the headband longer and taller. To find your serial number, look inside the exposed plastic that comes up to raise the headband. If the number is on the left ear, the headphones are undoubtedly counterfeit.
The serial number is never printed on the left ear by Beats. However, just because the number is on the right does not automatically imply that the headphones are genuine.
If your serial number is on the right, register it to see if it is valid.
2. Register your Beats online to check the validity of the serial number. Wait for the registration screen to appear after visiting https://www.beatsbydre.com/register. Enter the serial number that can be found on the right side of your headphones. Select “verify my serial number.” If a screen that says “We’re Sorry” appears, your serial number is invalid. This could indicate that you have a pair of counterfeit headphones on hand.
If you purchased used headphones, it is possible that they have already been verified. However, the seller should be able to show you the verification paperwork or their online profile as proof.
3. To run a test, connect your beats to the computer while visiting the upgrade page. Go to the Beats update page, where Beats headphones owners can update drivers and fix security flaws. By plugging a USB cable into any port and connecting it to your headphones, the site instals updates through your computer. When you plug in your headphones to update them, you will receive an error message if they are fake. To access the update page, go to http://your.beatsbydre.com/#/?locale=en-US.
By plugging in fake headphones, you are not putting your computer at risk. They have a very low chance of becoming infected with malware or viruses.
Method 3 Taking Preventative Measures to Avoid Fakes
1. To avoid counterfeits, only buy from authorised retailers. If you buy headphones from a Craigslist personal seller who does not have the receipt or warranty information, you are almost certainly purchasing counterfeit headphones. If you buy from a reputable seller in a physical store, you are less likely to be duped by a pair of counterfeit headphones.
Authorized retailers include Amazon, Best Buy, Micro Center, Nike, and Target. The complete list of authorised retailers can be found online at https://www.beatsbydre.com/company/authorized-retailers.
2. Prices that appear to be too good to be true should be avoided. There’s no reason for someone to sell $250 headphones for $50 unless they’re damaged or fake. Don’t believe it if it sounds too good to be true. Unless there is a massive promotion going on at an authorised retailer or you purchase them during a Black Friday event, the chances are that something will be seriously wrong with the headphones.
3. If the paperwork for a classified ad or auction is missing, it should be rejected. While it is possible to get a good deal on some headphones by purchasing a used pair from another person, be wary of any deals that do not include the warranty paperwork. If they don’t have the warranty paperwork and you really want to make sure they’re genuine, try registering the serial number before handing over the money. A genuine serial number cannot be forged.
They should have the registration paperwork or a link to a personalised profile with the headphones listed if they’ve already registered the headphones.
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