It appears to me that I bought a fake Sennheiser product. Is that at all possible?
Unfortunately, it is possible. Well-known brands in all industries worldwide increasingly see counterfeits of their products and misuse of their brand occur. Such products and misuse frequently occur on the Internet through website and auction sites. Counterfeiters profit to a very large extent from copying successful products of well-known brands without investing time and money in the development and marketing of such products and sometimes sacrificing quality of materials and manufacturing. In order to protect you as a consumer from counterfeits, to avoid deception and to sustain the image of the Sennheiser trademark we watch sellers of Sennheiser products and take legal action against infringements when appropriate. We also protect our intellectual property on an international level through patents, trademarks and other registrations.
What are criteria that can help to spot a fake?
Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast set of criteria to help identify a counterfeit product. The skills of the counterfeiters can often make it hard to visually distinguish a counterfeit from the original product. With that said, reliable warning signs include products being offered at an extraordinarily low price and products being offered by persons other than Sennheiser's authorized distributors.
What is Sennheiser doing concretely?
Where appropriate and permitted by our resources, we will take action to prevent the sale of counterfeit products and stop misuse of our brand. In the case of an internet auction site, we contact the owner of the site and ask that the offer be deleted or blocked. If a seller repeatedly sells counterfeits we ask our external lawyers to take legal actions against the seller. In the Far East where many counterfeits originate, we carry out raids in order to diminish the number of counterfeits which could be sold in other parts of the world like Europe and USA.
What is the consequence of having purchased a counterfeit Sennheiser product?
In the event you have bought a counterfeit product please return it to the seller and demand a refund. Counterfeits are often of a very bad quality and the product performance will not meet the high quality you have come to expect from our brand. We cannot service counterfeit products and despite any representation of a warranty you may have received from the seller, counterfeits are not covered by Sennheiser's warranty service.
Alert us of counterfeit Sennheiser products
While we are unable to help you with your specific purchase and unable to prevent all of the numerous sales of counterfeit products that occur each year, if you believe you have purchased a counterfeit product or suspect someone of selling counterfeit products please notify by filling out the Counterfeit Report form and send it to us by email; firstname.lastname@example.org