Price of Fake Beats Headphones

In 2012, Border officials in the United Kingdom seized $23.8 Million (£15.7 Million) worth of counterfeit electrical products in the country. The amount seized in 2012 was 6 times higher than the $3.9 Million (£2.6 Million) seized in 2009.

One of the most seized goods in 2012 was counterfeit designer headphones, such as Beats by Dr. Dre. In 2009, authorities seized $303,000 worth of fake headphones. Coinciding with the rise in popularity in headphones, $22.7 Million (£15 Million) in counterfeit headphones were seized in 2012.

It was previously reported that legitimate Beats headphones are sold for $531 (£350) in London, while fake Beats headphones are sold for $15 (£10).

Source:  Rebecca Smithers, “UK sees sixfold increase in seizure of counterfeit electrical goods,” Guardian, March 28, 2013.

Price source: “£15million of fake goods, including Beats headphones, seized,” Metro, December 12, 2012.