I have also noticed that the white S logo is rather easily scratched off with a thumbnail. I sent an email to the seller yesterday saying that I was pleased with his prompt delivery but my praise ended there. I let him know that I had strong feelings that the product was not authentic, asking what we could do. He insisted that he got them from a manufacturer's rep, and he would speak with him, then asked me to point out the differences I noticed. I pretty much told him just what I posted. I didn't mention anything about the packaging, which was similar but I am sure slightly different, but who knows if that has changed or looks different from country to country. At any rate, he is going to give me a full refund as he says that he offers a 7 day garuntee. He didn't ask me to send back the headphones or packaging or anything, and more importantly, He never insisted I was wrong or anything like that. Rather, he said he would pass along the news to his "manufacturer's rep" . Honestly, despite the fact that the product is a bit deceptive, this is the best seller on Amazon I have ever worked with. He seemed sorry I was dissapointed. Honestly though the product is 90% close to the original in just about every aspect, as a non-headfi er would probably not notice the difference and thus give the seller a very high rating. They do sound better than stock ipod buds.
I wish I could say the same for Target as a seller. I ordered a refurbished first generation Ipod in 10GB for collectability purposes hoping it will some day be valuable, but they sent me the 10GB third generation with the 4 buttons at the top. I actually like it though, and may just keep it.