Amazon Sells Me Speaker I Think Is Fake, Sends Refund Two Years Later

Fake!

Fake!

Two years ago, Jamison ordered a speaker system from Amazon. They worked all right, and there was nothing about this story to write home about. Until he decided to take them apart recently, just because he could, and discovered that one of the speakers was actually fake. As in, there was a speaker in the box not even connected to a wire. That was very strange. He contacted Amazon. They don’t have any reason to do anything about it, though, right? The purchase was two years ago. It’s not their problem anymore.

Or is it?

Update: Many readers have already written in to tell us that this speaker may actually be a passive radiator, which is a “fake speaker” that’s in place intentionally. We’re checking back with Jamison, and aren’t sure whether this means that Amazon is overly generous or kind of incompetent. Please stop e-mailing.

Jamison writes:

Amazon.com is GREAT!

TWO YEARS AGO, I bought a speaker system from them. This is the speaker system.

My speakers didn’t seem to work as well as I had hoped, but I used them the same. The bass was pretty great, and when combined with another pair of speakers made an excellent room theater experience.

The other day I decided to check out the speakers and try and fix any issues. This was difficult as the speaker boxes were GLUED together. What sort of moron makes a speaker box that you can’t take apart?

Well, this didn’t dissuade me in the slightest. I cut the glue by using a razor-blade, and I looked inside. Guess what I found?

Only ONE speaker was REAL! The other was a fake. I checked the 2nd speaker box and it was THE SAME!

I went to Amazon and looked at the product description. I wondered if shady people had marketed it as 1 speaker instead of the 2… NO SUCH LUCK! It was a sham!

I took pictures of it before putting my speakers back together. (My dresser was a mess, but here are the pictures)

I was amazed to find this foam piece almost floating in the speaker. There was nothing attached to it.

I was amazed to find this foam piece almost floating in the speaker. There was nothing attached to it.

This is what a speaker should look like. Notice the difference between this and the foam piece.

This is what a speaker should look like. Notice the difference between this and the foam piece.

The tweeter had power coming to it from the 1st midrange.

The tweeter had power coming to it from the 1st midrange.

A clear shot of the wire running behind the fake speaker, but with no hookup to it!

A clear shot of the wire running behind the fake speaker, but with no hookup to it!

I emailed Amazon and told them what I had discovered. It didn’t matter that it had been 2 years since the date of my purchase. They refunded my purchase in FULL, AND told me to keep the stereo!

God Bless them! With the refund, I bought Amazon Prime that very same day. No lie.