SHURE SM57-58 FAKES / SCAMS

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I WOULD JUST LIKE TO INFORM OTHER E-BAYER S OF A RECENT SCAM WHERE I WAS ONE OF THE UNFORTUNATE ONES TO GET RIPPED OFF BUYING A SHURE SM57 MICROPHONE ON BUY IT NOW,THEY ARE ALSO OPERATING THE SAME SCAM ON THE BIDDING SYSTEM. BE VERY CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE YOU GET AN E-MAILED RESPONSE BACK BEFORE YOU USE YOUR METHOD OF PAYMENT .  OTHER PEOPLE ARE GETTING THEIR ACCOUNTS HACKED INTO AND EVERYTHING SEEMS OK ON THE FACE OF IT, BUT THESE SCAMMERS ARE REALING IN LOTS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE AND HARD EARNED MONEY SELLING ITEMS THAT DO NOT EXIST OR AS IN THIS CASE SELLING FAKES!!   E-BAY HAVE BEEN SLOW TO CATCH ON. HOPE THIS IS USEFUL. THANKS....   THE MIC ACTUALLY CAME EVEN THOUGH THE SELLER HAD HACKED INTO AN ENGLISH ACCOUNT AND EBAY HAD CANCELLED THE AUCTION BUT UNFORTUNATLY FOR ME, I HAD ALREADY PAID ON A DEBIT CARD AND COULDN T CANCEL THE PAYMENT,   A LITTLE TIP, DON T PAY ON A  DEBIT CARD PAY ON YOUR CREDIT CARD THEN YOU CAN CANCEL !!! IF ANYTHING IS A MISS OR DOESN T ADD UP. MY SUSPICION WAS RAISED STRAIGHT AWAY WITH THE SELLERS DETAILS IN CHINESE, ON CLOSER INSPECTION I REALISED THAT IN FACT I WAS HOLDING A FAKE,   IT WAS A GOOD FAKE AND COULD EASILY PASS AS THE REAL THING IF YOU KNEW NOTHING ABOUT MICROPHONES, IT HAD THE POUCH ,MIC CLIP HOLDER AND WARRANTY CARD WHICH ALL LOOKED THE PART,   AS I HAVE BEEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS FOR SOME 28 YEARS AND HAD NOTHING OTHER THAN THE GOOD OLD FAITHFULS SHURE MICS, WHICH IN MY MIND ARE STILL THE BEST TODAY AS THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN.   TO CHECK UNDO THE HEAD AND THE BARREL THE WIRES SHOULD BE GREEN AND YELLOW,THIS APPLIES TO BOTH 57/58 MICS NO OTHER COLOUR, THE PINS SHOULD BE NUMERED 1/2/3 AND HAVE THE EARTH STRIP ABOVE PIN NO3 AND SHURE STAMPED UNDER NO3 PIN,THEY ARE STILL MADE IN MEXICO ONLY !!!   ON THE FAKES THE WIRES ARE RED AND BLACK OR BOTH RED OR BOTH BLACK THE PINS ARE NOT NUMBERED AND DON T HAVE THE EARTH STRIP ALSO SOME HAVE A CAUTION STICKER.   ON CONNECTING THE XLR LEAD AND CONNECTION TO EQUIPMENT THERE SHOULD BE NO HUM AND THE SOUND SHOULD BE RICH AND NOT TINNY AS ON THE FAKES, ALSO BEWARE !!! PEOPLE ARE NOW SAYING THEY ARE IMPORTS BUT IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THE SAME, FAKES !!!  ANYWAY BACK TO EBAY AND PAYPAL ,  I LODGED A COMPLAINT TO SAY THAT I WAS SOLD A FAKE ,THEY SAID I SHOULD CONTACT THE SELLER FOR A REFUND, WHICH I HAD ALREADY TRIED TO DO UNSUCCESSFULLY,THEY SOMEHOW MANAGED TO GET A RESPONCE ,  HE CLAIMED IT WAS AN ORIGINAL AND NOT A FAKE!!!.  I WAS TOLD BY PAY PAL TO GET VERIFICATION FROM A REPUTABLE SOURCE TO VERIFY REAL OR FAKE,   I CONTACTED SHURE  UK,WHO WHERE VERY WILLING TO VERIFY, AND GET INVOLVED. EVEN JUST GIVING THE DETAILS OVER THE PHONE THEY WHERE 100% CERTAIN IT WAS FAKE ,BUT THEY SAID SEND IT TO US TO VERIFY AND LOOK AT THE QUALITY, THEY GAVE ME A RETURNS NUMBER WHICH RELATED TO MY DETAILS AND THE PHONE CONVERSATION.I SENT THE MIC OFF IN THE BOX THAT IT ARRIVED IN, AND WAITED FOR MY REPLY,WHICH ONLY TOOK A COUPLE OF DAYS,SHURE EVEN PAID FOR THE RETURN POSTAGE,WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY DECENT OF THEM SAYING IT WASN T EVEN THERE PRODUCT, AS IT DID COME BACK VERIFIED SURE ENOUGH AS A FAKE !!! WITH A LOVELY LETTER FROM SHURE AS VERIFICATION TO PROVE TO PAYPAL RE MY CLAIM FOR A REFUND, I WAS TOLD TO FORWARD THE PROOF TO THEM WHICH I DID, I GOT AN E MAILED RESPONCE BACK FROM THEM WHICH I HAD TO PRINT OFF AND SEND BACK AS I WAS TOLD I HAD TO DESTROY THE MIC WITH A DECLARATION AND SIGNED THAT I HAD  DESTROYED THIS FAKE AND WAS NO LONGER IN USE..SO I THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS FINE AND I WOULD RECEIVE MY REFUND INTO MY ACCOUNT UPON RECEIPT ,SO I DID DESTROY AND DUELY SIGN AND SENT BACK AS INSTRUCTED, I WAITED FOR MY REFUND NOTHING CAME SO I SENT AN EMAIL, WHICH THERE REPLY WAS, EVEN THOUGH I HAD BEEN SOLD A FAKE!! IT WAS PROVED BEYOND DOUBT IT WAS A FAKE!! AND I WAS ADVISED BY PAYPAL TO DESTROY !!! THERE WORDS NOT MINE, THEY THEN SAID ,THEY HAD FAVOURED THE SELLER AND I WASN T GETTING A PENNY BACK, SO I WAS WITHOUT MY MONEY AND NOW A DESTROYED MIC ,SO I LOST OUT ALWAYS. SO THE MORAL IS THAT THE PAYPAL PROTECTION THAT THEY GO ON ABOUT IS NOT WORTH A WANK!!!!   IF YOU PARDON THE LANGUAGE...  AND BUYERS BEWARE !!!!!!,   THAT JUST BECAUSE THEY SAY YOU ARE PROTECTED , THEY CHANGE THE GOAL POSTS TO SUIT !!!!
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