I was recently in the market to purchase a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s. Looking for a good deal I thought why not try eBay, yes half of the headphones on that site are coming from China but aren't most headphones made there anyway. I should have known better, I had heard of China making fake headphone before. If you do a quick search on eBay you will see Sony Authorized sellers selling the MDR-7506’s for about 85-110 dollars. Then there are the tons of sellers from China starting the auction at .99 cents with free shipping. At first glance they seemed legit, they definitely looked authentic which explains why they usually ended up selling for around 80 dollars.
(Here are the two photos all the listings from China seem to use)
I saw a pair selling for 49 dollars with the buy it now option. Blinded by the deal I quickly purchased a pair, just as I finished the transaction I had a sinking feeling. Instantly I started doing what I should have done before the purchase, my homework.
First thing that popped up was this video-
Then I started paying closer attention to the actual listing and it turns out all the listings from China have the same description-
· Product Description: So.Ny MDR-7506HD - headphones
Headphone Type: Dynamic, closed
Magnet Type: Neodymium
Driver Size: 50.0 mm Frequency Response: 50.0 mm
Impendance: 24 Ohms Sensitivity: 107 dB/mW
Power Handling: 3000mW
Plug Type: Gold, Stereo Unimatch plug 1/4" and 1/8"
Cord Length: 9.8 ft
Weight: 10.5 oz
This item IS 100% BRAND NEW IN RETAIL BOX! ]
First red flag So.ny MDR-7506HD? They don’t make an HD, and So.ny? I think Sony used to make a HD version some years back but definitely not anymore. Then there is the driver size 50.0 mm, the 7506’s have 40.0mm drivers. If you dig a little deeper you will notice all these sellers have next to no feedback and if they do they are all private with cookie cutter positive feedback.
I decided to email the seller-
“I wanted to confirm with you before you ship the pair that I ordered that they are 100% authentic Sony MDR-7506 headphones and not fakes. If they are fake I would greatly appreciate it if you would just refund my money now, I don't what to go through the hassle of having you ship them then ultimately having to return them to you.”
Within a minute I received a response-
Transaction has been canceled
Please Are you sure you
I hope you can give me leave 5-star positive evaluation
My Paypal account was immediately refunded. I turned around and purchased a pair from an authorized dealer, so all is well with the world. If it was just one or two fakes being sold I don’t think I would have been motivated to make this post but there are at least 10-15 of these being sold daily. I don't mean to seem like i'm China bashing. I understand that the people selling fake headphones are probably good people with slightly questionable morals just trying to make a buck. My advice to you would be if you are thinking of purchasing headphones from eBay avoid suspicious listings that seem too good to be true and only purchase from an authorized dealer. The old adage definitely holds true in the realm of fleabay: you get what you pay for.
Edited by GonzoArtist - 3/1/14 at 5:55am