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Buying Sony MDR-E888's from www.themercantiletx.com? Has anyone bought from there?

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Hi everyone,

 

I wanted to know if the Sony MDR-E888LP headphones here are genuine: http://www.themercantiletx.com/product_info.php?currency=USD&language=en&products_id=475

 

Has anyone had any experience buying from this website?

 

I have been looking for these particular headphones for the past month or two, and it seems within the past week this website obtained a new stock of these headphones. I was pretty excited and bought them without a second thought, but now I'm worried if these will be genuine or not.

 

Although it states shipping is 5-7 days, I'm pretty sure these are being shipped from China, considering that the tracking website is Chinese (http://www.gotrace.cn/gotrace/searchCategory?lang=en) and that the tracking number has "CN" at the end.

 

Thanks in advance for any information.

post #2 of 3
One of the most counterfeited headphones of all time... Google "e888lp counterfeit". When yours arrive inspect packaging very closely. If packaging looks authentic i would next google that seller to see if they have any www history selling counterfeit sony cans.

Weigh all the data and then make a decision on what to do next.

Sorry i dont have any first hand exerience with that seller
Edited by kramer5150 - 4/19/14 at 10:42am
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Well, just as an update to the Sony MDR-E888LP earphones I purchased from themercantiletx website, it was completely fake. You can see here pictures of fake and real versions of these earphones, and the ones I received resembled the fake ones in every way. Regarding the actual quality, all I can conclusively say is these at least sound better than the MDR-E828's, as I haven't had experience with the other models.

 

I canceled my credit card transaction due to this.

 

In case anyone reads this, I'll inform you on my experience and how to determine if a website is genuine or at least ostensibly fake.

 

-themercantiletx did not reply to any of my emails (one even typed in Chinese) or phone calls over the course of several days

-the website's layout is unprofessional and "looks" fake...although some legit websites that are managed badly look like that too

-the website itself uses strange third-party payment verification that takes several days to verify credit card information, which I've never seen before (and I've bought numerous things online from numerous websites over the years)

-this website and some others use low prices to boost website visits from Google AdSense (Google name of product, and its link to the website shows up)

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