How to Spot Fake Beats Headphones

by Shanth Swaroop March 04, 2020

How to Spot Fake Beats Headphones

Beats or Beats by Dre are one of the most easily recognizable and the most iconic of headphone brands out there.

Celebrities, prominent sportsmen and even artists and performers - the list of hi-profile people spotted wearing a pair of Beats is glitzy as it is glamorous.

Known for a signature bass-heavy sound, Beats headphones are equally loved and aspired for by the general public world-over.

No surprises then that the brand is notoriously famous with the wrong sort too.

Yes, we’re talking about those that are into making fakes to cash in on the brand’s popularity.

Here’s a fun fact - in a lawsuit filed by Beats in 2014, it claimed that fake Beats headphones being sold by a group of unnamed Chinese websites have raked in close to 135 billion USD!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

So, in order to help our dear patrons from investing in a fake, we’ve researched and come up with a tentative list of guidelines and tell-tale signs to look out for while buying a pair of Beats headphones.

This is very important. As a consumer, it’s your right to get the best for your money’s worth. In this case, being eligible for all that a brand proposes and delivers, including post-sales services and warranty, is a bare minimum. Do check out the various ways in which you can make sure that what you buy is authentic and true.

Beats headphones can be found on almost all online portals. Sadly, given the nature of things, there’s a good chance that these websites are selling fake headphones.

Keep in mind when Shopping Online

Here are a few ways to avoid being ‘cat-fished’ into buying a fake Beats headphone online.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Prices on Beats headphones, online or otherwise, are regulated by Apple. So, if you come across a deal that sounds too good to be true chances are that it probably is.

Looks Like Trouble

Being one of the most fashionable headphones in the market, it’s a given that there’ll be a level of finesse in the way Beats headphones look and even the packaging.

Do check out the images posted on the website you’re checking the product on. If the colour of the boxes look washed out or there are errors in spelling or text that haven’t been properly arranged on the box and so on - chances are it’s a fake.

Another thing you could remember to look for is the “™” symbol on the box. An absence implies an absence of originality. Simple.

Beats the name

In an oddly hilarious yet lazy attempt to pass off as an original, some Beats are sold under similar-sounding names. According to their website, "Beats" and "Beats by Dre" are fine.

This might not be the best bet to check for fakes but it helps to keep a wary eye out.

These are just a few ways to make sure you get original and authentic Beats headphones.


Keep in mind when Shopping Retail

Besides these, there might be scenarios where you have an opportunity to check a headphone in person.

The pointers mentioned above are relevant in this case too. A suspiciously low price for starters ought to be a dead giveaway.

The Whole Package

This is a pretty good way to tell if your Beats headphones isn’t a cheat. For starters, look at the shrink wrap of the product.

It mustn’t be shoddy or cheap-looking.

Next, check the images on the box. Genuine boxes have a sharp, high-quality image of the product inside. The image is reflective and clear and has a 3-dimensional feel to it.

Fakes will have a washed-out look and color, probably no reflective appearance and will lack detail.

Serial thriller

Beats headphones have a serial number printed on the headband on the right earcup.

This is visible only after you raise the headband to view the plastic band on the inside, the one used to adjust the size.

If the serial number is on the left, it’s definitely a fake.

Confirm hit

Sometimes, checking for the serial number on the right won’t be proof enough. In this case, enter the serial number on the Beats website:

This is a sure-fire way to confirm whether the headphones are original or not. 

Last but not least

Beats headphones are a premium lifestyle brand and one of the biggest ones at that. It’s only natural to expect a product with an excellent finish.

So take a good look at the headphone you intend on inspecting.

The colour, the plushness of foam, the stitches on the earcups must be clean and well done.

Any irregularities might hint towards it being a fake one.


So there you have it, a well-thought-out, multi-pronged strategy to make sure that you are well-informed to spot a fake.

However, with the counterfeiters getting more and more crafty by the day, it gets extremely tougher to spot fakes.

There is one thing that you could do.

Do note that Headphone Zone prides itself on being a brand that enforces extensive checks to make sure of the originality and authenticity of all our products.

Every product is sourced from legitimate channels so that You, our dear patron get the quality and experience you paid for. Your satisfaction is important to us.

So be rest assured that when you order something from us, you get a product that is 100% authentic.

If you wish to head straight to get your Beats on, head right here.

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