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Detect Fake Monsters Beats by Dr. Dre Tour Headphones Like a Genius

Updated on November 18, 2014

Dr. Dre In-Ear Tour Headphones: Your Guide to Authenticity

 The Monster logo says it all.
The Monster logo says it all.

This guide will help those who want to buy geniune and authentic Dr. Dre In-Ear Tour Headphones without spending a fortune. Before we get started, I would like to educate those of you who are not familiar with these headphones.

The Dr. Dre Tour are earbuds worn inside the ear. They are expensive for really small earphones, but they have a very unique and "street" look that gives the wearer some street cred. Monster created Beats by Dr. Dre because of Dr. Dre's reputation. They have even invited other artists like Lady GaGa, P. Diddy, and even Justin Bieber to have their own line just like the Dr. Dre Tour earbuds by Dr. Dre.

The earbuds pictured above are fake, and they are extremely bad fakes. The Monster wording is imperfect, and looks bumpy with bad red painting on the word "monster." Also, the shape of the whole thing looks crooked and uneven. These are 100% fake, so beware if you see one that looks like this.

The counterfeiters are not master craftsmen! They do not know how to replicate anything properly!

How to Tell Real Dr. Dre Tours from Fakes

Real
Fake
Clean Monster logo
Monster logo is crooked and uneven
Clear, even serial number
Unclear serial number or none at all
Dr. Dre logo on clean metal plate
Dr. Dre logo on a sticker
Clear images on package with white lettering
Blurry, dark image with gray lettering
Sturdy package with inside flap
Cheap packaging with no inside flap

The Serial Number Is Very Important!

 Real Tour have a clear serial number. The real pair is on the top and the fake are on the bottom.
Real Tour have a clear serial number. The real pair is on the top and the fake are on the bottom.

All geniune and authentic Dr. Dre Tour earbuds have a serial number. If a pair of headphones doesn't have one, or it isn't clear, then it is fake. Look closely and you can see that a clear-cut, well-written serial number is visible from the top.

How to Tell the Real from the Steal

With the current economy on a low point, selling Dr Dre Tour headphones for a profit is a great way to make money. Any teenager with a credit card can purchase replica Dr. Dre Tours and then sell them on eBay or through Craigslist for half of the retail price. Do not be fooled by these sellers! They are very easy to spot as long as you know what to look for.

  • Use a credible website.
  • If the price is below retail price, be suspicious.
  • If it seems too good to be true, DON'T BUY IT!
  • eBay sells some fakes, so buy with caution.
  • Never buy from sellers in Hong Kong or China.

The Dr. Dre Logo

The genuine Dr. Dre Logo is another thing to check. Here is what to look for, to spot the real deal:

  • Genuine Dr. Dre Tours have a metal plate with the B logo, without any wear and tear!
  • Real Dr. Dre Tours do not have B logos that look like stickers, as some fakes do.
  • Authentic Dr. Dre Tours sound better, so if yours are poor quality, return them!

Dr. Dre Tours Box Covers

The box on the left is authentic, but the right is fake.
The box on the left is authentic, but the right is fake.

Take a look at the box size before deciding if it's a fake. The real box cover is bigger and stronger because counterfeiters want to save on packaging costs, so they give you a smaller box to gain more profit.

What to look for when looking at Tour headphones boxes:

  • Authentic Tour Earbud packaging has clearer images. The Tour Image on the left looks very clear without being blurry.
  • Authentic boxes have whiter writing.
  • The Monster logo on bottom right is white, not grey. A white logo is a sign of authenticity.

Inside Flaps of Real vs. Fake Boxes Are Different

Real boxes have an additional flap inside. Counterfeit Dr. Dre Tour boxes are cheaply built and have no extra flap inside.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got mine a couple of months ago for $35 US, from a US seller. In his ad he stated that he didn't know if they were real or not and offered a refund if you weren't happy and had excellent feedback. Everything looks legit, the site accepted my serial and damn do they sound sweet! I have over 8 sets of buds and spent over $200 for my Shure's and almost $100 for my Klipsch, these compare quite well, not sonically pure but when you really want to feel the bass with buds, this is it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also I tried registering and it says serial number already registered so the seller had already done it any advice on what I should do ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The box test was failed but everything seemed legit...I still can't find the serial number I can only see 5 numbers, the have now broken and the seller is offering me a free pair should I just ask for my money back ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My beats failed on the box test but suceeded in all the others. Whay confuses me though is that my serial number ends with a B instead of an A. Can that mean they're fake?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought beats of ebay for 8 pounds thinking they were fake but found out that they were actually real

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Currently walking the strip in Koh Samui Thailand. Beats by Dr Dre are everywhere. the most expensive pair is 1800 Baht (about $45 AUD). These copies are brand new and are particularly good. China has clearly upped the Anti in the forgery stakes. I already have a genuine set of Dr Dre and i found it difficult to tell the fake ones apart.

      The one true test that denies the fakes is the sound quality. when testing turn up the fakes. They will crack up. Good luck everybody.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks to this page I almost risked it on Ebay.... thank you.... Not till I seen the B on the side of the ear buds I discovered they are FAKE.. I am just looking to replace the ones that came with my phone

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Actually I was at Walmart and a lot of them have white boxes

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      By the pictures on Amazon, I think there too fakes are available. "Monster" in grey in several box pics.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is 2008 packaging too remember... I have some 2011 and slight differences

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice topic. it guides me on hoe tpo buy an authentic beat tour...thanks and God bless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice topic. it guides me on hoe tpo buy an authentic beat tour...thanks and God bless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes these are sold at Target. Dr Dre image is not featured on the back of the small white box. But these are genuine. Some Targets are going back to the larger black and red box though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do these ever come in a white box? That's states on front right hand side "beatstour" then bottom left "beatsbydr.dre" I have saw a set on eBay. Asked the seller if genuine. Of course they replied yes although all boxes I've seen are black, please help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ar these real or fake i just got a pair off ebay

      Item number: 170892951777

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      junaid393 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You cant get fake dr dre tour beats on ebay for a fiver. Check yourself. All the deals are from £15 +

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: where could you get them for £10 ? (the fake ones)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If they come from the Monster Manufacturer, there will not be a serial number on the headphones. Call Monster to verify it I spoke wirh a Monster Rep, and she said just because it don't have serial number does not mean they are not authentic.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Serial Number is not on the Headphones that come the Monster Manufacturer, call and verify.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never held a real pair of these ever, but my gf just bought me a pair for £10 lol!

      I came in the house and they were on the couch, very easy to tell looking at the sealed box, poor print, most people wouldn't notice though. Opened it and it said "Sound Mattes" in stead of matters lol!

      They look good and sound decent, but i can tell looking at the connector rubber they won't last. And the feel of the cable is just plasticky.

      She couldn't believe it when i told her they were fake, it'll be our little secret i guess lol

      I'll go back to my a-Jays Four when these do break lol.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thx i just bought fake one and i did not know why it did not work well and why it broke in lessthan 24h

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thks i am looking buy a pair from amazon i thought they only sold books

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      your amazing thankyou so much buddy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish I had read this prior to my purchase of some fake Tours. Got them on Amazon for a "to good to be true" buy. Misprint on the packaging says high-effioiency headphones. They sound like garbage. Be careful buyers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: poor ^

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hank you so much

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Can you please email me the link where you bout yours ? Blood17987@yahoo.com thank you i would really appriciate that i can't find the fakes anywhere and really want them because of the price..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Can you please email me the link where you bout yours ? Blood17987@yahoo.com thank you i would really appriciate that i can't find the fakes anywhere and really want them because of the price..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you so much, you helped me to find something really important

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank u for educating ur customers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I ordered in ear phones off ebay for a fiver and what came a few days later was astonishing. Exact Dre tour beats replicas, very hard to differentiate from the real thing, even the packaging. I don't really care if they're fake because the pic was just plain white in ear phones, not even branded with any logos but these are, and they sound absolutely amazing. Best fiver I've ever spent, in fact I mite even order more as spares incase these break, they really are that good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how do you know if it is real on ebay if the only give one picture.

      ww.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dr-Dre-Ear-Tour-Beats-Audio-Headphones-Monster-/170848887398?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item27c7632266#ht_5

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: cheap ass

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey i got this one on Ebay and he said it is 100% authentic Guarantee. Can you help me to tell me if they are real? They were $29.99 and the printing on the pic of the box looks really white. The only thing im afraid of is the person had no sells yet (like the stars and numbers after his screen name).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the box sizes and the way they open now are the same to chines have made better copy's than these one. i have a real pair and a fake pair the real ones i got from HMV and the fake ones i got front singapore and spain. the spanish have started to copy now and there exactly the same. the chines are still making them a bit different but close. the best thing u can do is get the serial number and go on the beats website and see if the serial number is already being used or even if it exists. good luck. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are You Selling Beats By DR.Dre? Cos i want one i have a fake Beats

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      1) my pair has no serial, and the jack is angled, unlike that in your picture

      2) my box has the same number "rm 109777" located above the three disposing symbols on the side, in gray print

      Could someone tell me the exact dimensions of the authentic packaging?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi there are trying to sale me some purple.Justin bieber tour beats but I really wanted to know if someone could help me out if there fake or real before I buy them.thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks...Based on your tips I could recognize fake Beats... that saved me some money and I will make sure the seller of the fake beats will be prosicuted!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for letting me know how to make more accurate fakes! :p

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for letting me know how to make more accurate fakes! :p

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Even expensive bag companies like LV and GUCCI, expensive electronics like Alienware/Dell and Apple have assemblies line in China. http://www.ibeatsbydrdrestudio.com/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Its a super fake Tour ! I have 2 of them. Its sound good, deep bass....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Its a super fake Tour ! I have 2 of them. Its sound good, deep bass....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought mine off the amazon market place refurbished for about half the price. They sound great, feel sturdy, and came in what appears to be a legit box. However, there is no serial on the jack. Are they authentic?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: OH dammit my bad. I just disgusted myself. Read too fast. My apologies

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      O.o... as if the real beats didn't use 'low-live cheap Chinese workers' to assemble their products. Even expensive bag companies like LV and GUCCI, expensive electronics like Alienware/Dell and Apple have assemblies line in China. If you can't realise you pay what you get then probably you should set the standard by working for $1 USD per day. Flame the business guy/seller all you like but don't bring it to the hard workers. I'm not going to even call you bad words author of this article. You disgust me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The ones with the spikes are most likely the lady gaga model.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How about if the logo on the back has a different picture but is still metallic? a.k.a a circle or spikes instead of a b

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      10x so much :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do you think that those are real: http://www.monsterdreearphones.com/ultimate-monste... ??????

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice guide, but there are many different versions of fake beats tour (as well as other beats headphones), your guide is just covering only one of them, regardless its still a great guide there

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are Original instead on the box (on the serial number part says Made in china)?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: whats the website

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: what about sound quality? have you compared both? I find it very very hard to believe the counterfeiters can produce an item with the same sound if they can't even pay for a more similar box... besides that the originals are part of a trademark that must protect it's credibility, while counterfeiters couldn't care less, they just want you to buy, if you're unhappy there is no return, you're stuck to whatever cheap product made to fool people.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: the straight one is an old model, the newer ones have the L bend connector

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How about the end of the chord sometimes its flat sometimes its straight What is ORIGINAL?!?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought a pair of these on a Hong Kong street market for HK$130 (Which amounts to about 15 bucks US)

      I've looked mines all over, and unless they were reaaaaally meticulous on details, based on this guide, they're real. O_o (According to dr. dre's website, they sell them for HK$1700)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah, but fake producers do not care about the sound or build quality of the product. They care about one thing only, how to produce in cost effective way to copycat the original. What would go into these products? possibly illegal chemicals, I don't know and I don't want to know.

      On a side note why would you undermine our businesses in america, were in a recession(im assuming your american). Give more money to the chinese please.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: someone who cares about the quality of the product. You think the fake producers care about the quality of their product?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Im not an audio expert, but I love the sound quality of beats. I had several cheap in ear headphones, and beats blows them out of the water. Although, I can agree with it being overpriced, but I will have to disagree with you on the average sound.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: People buy things because its brand name and there's nothing wrong with that. People trust brand name products because they have good quality control and customer service. I bet your being a hypocrite because I'm sure some of the things you have in your home are brand name items.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My fake beats sound great! Lol who the f***k would really spend over $50 on some earbuds anyway?

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Interesting Lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I actually looked for fake beats, ending up buying them on dealextreme. Such an extreme deal. I'd look so silly if I actually dished out $150 on real tours. I bet monster makes more then the counterfeiters based on profit based on unit sold. I bet the real beats are probably made in a factory right next to the ones that make the fake ones, so Instead of being a silly dumb consumer I'll save some money and get the fake ones.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would have more respect for someone that paid less money for a "fake" pair of these, than any brand eating douchebag that paid full price. Either way, Beats headphones are marketing crap, you will never see these at a recording studio unless there are cameras shooting for promo. And the famous people that get caught on camera are either getting paid to use them or got them comped.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dang it I fell for it...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These headphones are marketing garbage. The best sounding headphones were Sony MDR CD6. They had to discontinue the model because they could damage your ears.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sorry, but the writer of this is ignorant. Monster is making a bigger profit of this than anyone; $500 Million a year because they sell these overpriced headphones for x8 to x10 the true value! I have seen and heard "fake" or replica versions of multiple models that sound similar to the actual Beats (which aren't that good to begin with) and well worth the 70-80% discount for someone who can't spend hundreds on sub-par "professional" headphones.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      how about just not buying Beats at all? they are hugely overpriced with average sound and build quality. you can get better sounding and better built headphones for half the price. they are just a marketing gimmick.

      http://audioproheadphones.blogspot.com/2011/07/hea...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      To verify whether it's fake or not, just enter ur serial number here: http://www.beatsbydre.com/support/VerifyProduct.as...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I bought a pair from ebay from a dude in the uk for like 40 bucks along with about 40 other people before the dude took the earphones down. I paid with paypal so i got my money back, but then today (about 2 weeks later) i got the earphones. I have been to at least 10 different sources (literally) trying to see if they are fake and can fine NOTHING that indicates they are. They look and sound awesome. I even checked about the boxes and stuff and mine is the right size, right flap, everything. So... all i can figure is that i got a free pair of earphones that are freaking beast. Unfortunately for me, i ordered my V-Moda vibrato's for like 140 bucks yesterday. But hey, now i have a spare or i can give to my gf. =D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Remember, in America, everything still is made in China because the cost is low to create..... and still society buys them.....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Its funny, mine had the smaller box, the cheap flap... But; the serial number is clear, its printed on hard rubber, the monster logo is fairly even and quite vivid.... I got them for $45AUD from some guy selling them at a local show... The guy sold them without giving receipts; so that made me wonder, until of course I put them in and listened... They sound exactly the same as the real ones, as the guy below me said, these are REAL headphones, they are just not licensed by monster. The sound quality is the same, I was told by a friend; the only difference between fakes and reals is the cable quality. But the actual in ear piece(the rubber section on the earphone) is not the same. The centre is much larger than the photo, and they don't seem to fit in the ear well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Don't buy from China? Check the box on the ones in Best Buy....MADE IN CHINA. These arent necessarily fake headphones, they're just unlicensed by Dr. Dre, Monster etc. Still being made in the same factory. You gotta ask yourself; why would someone open a factory and go through all the trouble to make a pair of "fake" headphones? Doesn't make much sense to me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: They are fake, as the flap on the box doesn't open all the way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ...or Malaysia for that matter. I got scammed into buying the fake Dr. Dre Tour earbuds and the worst thing was, they were attempting to pass it off at FULL RETAIL PRICE. That's a killer profit margin right there. I also linked your post to let people know how to differentiate between the real and fake ones. Thanks!

      http://sixthseal.com/2011/09/fake-monster-beats-by...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: he even says its fake

      at the bottom he said these are imports "but are still excellent quality" the words "but are still" says it all my friend

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have a pair from amazon and i have every right to believe they're fake :/

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey how bout those from bestbuy?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Its all good thank you guys I didn't get them I ended up getting real white studios and I'm lovinng my music to the max

      Really appreciate it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Bro Its fake. im 100% sure cmon bro buy the real ones!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I wouldnt risk it if i were you i would just buy them from best buy, you may have to pay a lil more but id rather pay more and be sure then pay like 20 bucks less and get the shitty fake ones

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I think those are fake they look bent up and they have already sold 32 of them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      can someone take a look at this sell on ebay and see if its fake or not, would appreciate it

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Beats-Dr-Dre-Headphones-...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi,

      can someone please tell me if this site is safe to buy the earphones on?

      like i was surprised to see the low price.

      http://www.beatsbydrdres-outlet.com/product.php?id...

      are they real ones or fake ones?

      thank you

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      geekologie 6 years ago

      I visit a blackhat seo forum and trust me. Fake Monster Beat are a dime dozen. Very easy to get.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for the heads up. I think I have purchased a set of fakes from an auction site. i will now go into my local music retailer and double check and then give negative feedback for all to see

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      Never heard of them but it wouldn't be much fun to buy fake headphones. Thanks for the heads up.

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      catbehaviors 6 years ago

      I never heard of these before. Some great tips on avoiding fakes! As the old saying goes, buyer beware. :)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      My son just got, what appears to be, ripped off via an eBay seller for a set of these headphones. While we talked tonight he told me that he found your link #4 on Google (woo hoo for you!) and I had to peek. Your lens is doing a real service for people looking for the real deal. Right on and thanks. *Blessed and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings