While those signs provided are some sort of indications but not absolute in my experience.
I actually picked up a pair of the IE80 last week while I was in Germany. I gave my first pair I bought before to my gf, and ever since that I've been kind of missing the IE80.
I guess it's human nature to start to cherrish when we don't have it no more right? lol
Anyways, the merchant I purchased from is a Sennheiser authorized dealer, and they shrink wrapped the IE80. ( for better protection from dust and other elemants?)
The spacing of the Sennheiser on the outerbox was also closer to the bottom, unlike the picture demonstrated by Babeliak. But the printing was crisp and clear.
Maybe they have different packaging for different retail regions. I know many brands do that. Monster Miles Davis Tributes's box in the states are bigger and thicker than the retail package in EU.
Shure SE535's US retail package comes with a nice metal box while they have some cheap plastic/paper box packaging for outside of the US.
There was also some threads about it because some members here thought they got a fake.
A good way to make sure of the authenticity is to purchase from reputable authorized dealers, and sometimes if the price is way off from the regional market price then be aware.
Or trust your ears, I have heard the fake IE8 before and man....it's cr*p.....
Edited by bgee735 - 8/21/12 at 12:11am