Be aware of fake / counterfeit Sony “In Ear” headphones on eBay and similar places!

Hi there, im writing this for anybody interested in how to identify fake copies of an incredibly good product like the Sony MDR-EX90 in-ear headphones.
The real thing is an amazing product that can easily compete with much more expensive offers like the JBL Reference 220 or the Etimotycs ER-6, but sadly, a lot of people is being scammed and is getting just a cheapo “made in tajikistan” imitation.

Here are some tips in order to avoid being scammed.

1) If it is too good to be true, then most chances are that it is not true:
Avoid cheap offers, the cheaper price you can find these headphones is around $60 or so, anything below that price line is for sure a ripoff.

2) Sony puts a lot of effort in packaging and branding of their products, you wont receive a Sony product in a cheap box, never EVER. If the packaging looks poor, the user manual is just a little piece of paper and there are no Sony rebates / offers inside the box, then again, most probably you were scammed.

3) The real headphones come packaged with the following accesories:

  • 3 Pairs of silicon earbuds in different sizes (Small, Medium and Large)
  • A good quality leather bag to store the headphones when you are not using them
  • A proper user manual and warranty card
  • A good quality box and overall packaging

Identifying fake SONY MDR-EX90 in-ear HeadphonesNow, an image is better than a thousand words, i took the time to create a really simple to understand image showing the main ways to identify counterfeit MDR-EX90’s, click on it to see it fullscreen.


3 Responses to “Be aware of fake / counterfeit Sony “In Ear” headphones on eBay and similar places!”

  1. by Justice, February 10th, 2008 at 5:01 pm


  2. Hello
    i recently brought a pair of mdr-ex90lp earphones off of ebay for £12.99, the only way i knew they were fakes was by the sound as they were all metal and packaged like the originals that i all ready have, beware as the fakes are identical in every way to the originals except the sound which is bassless and dull, like most things in life you gets what you pays 4

    by lee, June 18th, 2008 at 10:01 am


  3. I was able to purchase these headphones from ebay and the only thing that is missing from a closed ans sealed package is the warranty card. I think it depends on the Region/Country.

    by aaron, March 2nd, 2009 at 4:25 am