#1
so. 2 packs i bought have the same serial number. how bad can they be? :|
#2
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#3
who looks at the serial number of their strings? also are you sure its a serial number and not a upc number?
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#4
Is it floss in the bags? Counter fit strings? Not even in China...
#5
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who looks at the serial number of their strings? also are you sure its a serial number and not a upc number?

Counterfeit strings (and everything else) are fairly common from online suppliers outside of the USA.

http://daddarioinc.blogspot.com/2010/09/play-real-beware-of-counterfeit.html

It is a real problem, that is why there are so many "geez I got this great price on name brand stuff on the internets" deals out there. Look a little closer and you probably got screwed and you didn't even realize it.
#6
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who looks at the serial number of their strings?
a person who reads the pack which says enter the serial number in the website to know if it's real? :P
It is a real problem, that is why there are so many "geez I got this great price on name brand stuff on the internets" deals out there. Look a little closer and you probably got screwed and you didn't even realize it.

it wasn't online. oh well...... philippines. -_-;;
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it wasn't online. oh well...... philippines. -_-;;

Counterfeits have shown up in retailers even in countries in Europe. Doesn't always have to be online.
#10
use them?
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#11
since when do strings have serial numbers?
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#12
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since when do strings have serial numbers?

D'Addarios have had serial numbers on the inside packaging for years.
#13
Actual serial numbers and not a upc?
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#14
i kinda make this out to be a non-issue unless they immediately break. so they may sound different from the name brand... who cares.

i figure if someone has a machine that can make guitar strings then they can only be so bad. could possibly be better than originals.

i'd be pissed off if the packs were with filled with some objects that didn't serve the purpose of guitar strings; else, who cares. use 'em and replace 'em. it's a 10 dollar mistake at worse.
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i kinda make this out to be a non-issue unless they immediately break. so they may sound different from the name brand... who cares.

i figure if someone has a machine that can make guitar strings then they can only be so bad. could possibly be better than originals.

i'd be pissed off if the packs were with filled with some objects that didn't serve the purpose of guitar strings; else, who cares. use 'em and replace 'em. it's a 10 dollar mistake at worse.

..someone was complaining about metal going to the fingers on counterfeit strings in a forum.. and since floating is such an ass to restring.. :| ..i think, there's big differences in string quality of different manufacturers..
#16
can you post a picture of both packs and the serial numbers?
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#17
Best one I ever saw was a guitarist friend of mine who bought a 10-pack of Fender strings online for a stupidly cheap price, and when they arrived the packs read "Fenda". Woeful quality strings, sounded really dead.
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#18
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Actual serial numbers and not a upc?


Yep, serial numbers.

It is called the "Play Real" program on the D'Addario website. They also have a PDF pamphlet showing you how to spot counterfeits. A significant percentage of strings returned to them for warranty and quality complaints have actually turned out to be fakes.
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#19
Holy crap is there anything the Chinese won't counterfeit.
Wonder how much lead they can get into a set of guitar strings.
Can't wait till I see a Mershall amp.
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#20
Wow. Crafty. There's a bootleg over here sold in some shops that mimics the packaging design, but even they have the dignity to use a different company name (Vortex or something).
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#21
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Holy crap is there anything the Chinese won't counterfeit.
Wonder how much lead they can get into a set of guitar strings.
Can't wait till I see a Mershall amp.


Seriously? Why must a counterfeit product ALWAYS be from China?

It's like saying that every con man is from Nigeria or another African country / state.
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#22
Well... the stereotypes exist for a reason... a large amount of the counterfeiting DOES come from China, and a disproportionately large amount of phishing scams DO come from Africa. My junk mail folder is full of scam emails, and every single one of them has a Nigerian address or phone number.

But whatever, What blows my mind is that someone went through all the trouble of buying (or stealing) the machinery to wind strings, and the equipment needed to fake the packaging, to fake a $5 pack of strings. I mean, I get that they're probably selling them in huge quantities, but it seems to me that you'd have to be selling them by the truckload to even make it worth the effort.
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#23
The last time I popped open a pack of bass strings I remember a little message regarding counterfeit strings and how you should report them. Try that out, you might get some freebies out of it.
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The last time I popped open a pack of bass strings I remember a little message regarding counterfeit strings and how you should report them. Try that out, you might get some freebies out of it.
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#25
Don from D'Addario here. No one is saying that these most definitely came from China, i don't believe. However, you should know that we're seeing approximately 8 out of 10 sets sold in China are fakes.

We created this website - www.daddario.com/playreal in answer to the many fraudulent sets we're setting out there. We're seeing the in the far east, Australia, South America and now in some part of Europe. A good deal of it is also coming thru amazing deals online.

If you think the set is a fake, please enter the packaging code on the bag on the website. That will tell you whether the set is real or not. If you come up with a fake, we would appreciate it if you could tell us where you got the set (what website or dealer) so we can follow up. You can email me directly with this info at don.dawson2@daddario.com - thanks

Don Dawson
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D'Addario / Planet Waves
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#26
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Seriously? Why must a counterfeit product ALWAYS be from China?

It's like saying that every con man is from Nigeria or another African country / state.

Its because of legal, and cultural situations in those countries that make those scams either more feasible or more acceptable. Its a representation of those countries ability and willingness to prosecute, not a racial thing. Don't be so sensitive.
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#27
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Don from D'Addario here. No one is saying that these most definitely came from China, i don't believe. However, you should know that we're seeing approximately 8 out of 10 sets sold in China are fakes.

We created this website - www.daddario.com/playreal in answer to the many fraudulent sets we're setting out there. We're seeing the in the far east, Australia, South America and now in some part of Europe. A good deal of it is also coming thru amazing deals online.

If you think the set is a fake, please enter the packaging code on the bag on the website. That will tell you whether the set is real or not. If you come up with a fake, we would appreciate it if you could tell us where you got the set (what website or dealer) so we can follow up. You can email me directly with this info at don.dawson2@daddario.com - thanks

Don Dawson
Product Marketing Specialist
D'Addario / Planet Waves

Great info! Thanks so much for stopping in to clear this up!
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#28
I only buy the cheapest strings. That way if they are counterfeit then they're probably better than I expected.
#29
Has anyone else seen this? It's honestly the first time I've heard of counterfeiting strings. As long as it's not spray painted twine I can't see them really making any notable profit off it...

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Holy crap is there anything the Chinese won't counterfeit.
Wonder how much lead they can get into a set of guitar strings.
Can't wait till I see a Mershall amp.

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