Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are the second-most stolen item in the Big Apple, after iPhones. What some of these petty robbers don't know, though, is that some of the Beats spotted on train-riders' ears are not authentic. They're fakes.

That's right. Just like Nike sneakers and Louis Vuitton purses, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are such a hot commodity these days that underground vendors are selling imitations galore. Why is that? While users want the luxury and status the headphones provide, not everyone can afford a $300-$500 pair.

With that in mind, XXL reached out to a source that works closely with the Beats company so we can all learn the tell tale signs that identify a pair of Beats headphones as fake. Pay attention. —Gina Montana



"If the box or imaging on box looks grainy/dark and not of good quality, it's pretty much a fake," the source says. "Solo Boxes are the same size as normal Beats By Dre products. If you see smaller packaging that's not for in ear, it's a fake."

Fake Versions


"The fakes include a Michael jackson Version, a Kobe Bryant Version, a Ferrari version, a Lamborghini pair and Lebron James headphones," the source clarifies. "The best place to buy product is by stopping by the official Beats store on 67 Greene St, which started out as a pop up store [but] is now going to remain in Soho [New York]."



"There are colors that are sold that we do not manufacture," explains the source. "You can go to beatsbydre.com to see the official product colors."