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  1. Coth

    Coth Oakley Beginner

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    I'm seeing so many X-Metal fakes on Ebay and Craigslist, but people still seem to be buying/bidding. If you don't know what to look for it's easy to get scammed. This thread is meant as a guide for people to check the authenticity of their purchases.

    The O-Review X-Metal Serial List is useful as a first step to verify authenticity.

    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist (Penny and others):

    1. Genuine Oakley X-Metal sunglasses have orbitals with rubber gaskets.
    Fake sunglasses usually have no rubber gaskets.
    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist - w1s7r8.jpg


    2. Genuine Oakley X-Metal sunglasses have metal rivets on the nose bridge.
    Fake sunglasses usually have regular screws.
    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist - 2ho8pzl.jpg


    3. Genuine Oakley X-Metal sunglasses have earstems with tips that curve with the stems naturally.
    Fake sunglasses usually have tips that point outwards.
    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist - 13zq1b6.jpg


    Update 2013-11-05:
    Additional information for Oakley X-Squared:


    1. Genuine Oakley X-Squared sunglasses have hex screws on the nosebridge.
    Fake sunglasses usually have regular screws.
    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist - 68btcw.jpg
    2. Genuine Oakley X-Squared sunglasses have torx screws for the earstems.
    Fake sunglasses usually have hex screws.
    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist - 291n91i.jpg


    3. Genuine Oakley X-Squared sunglasses have earstems with the outermost tips bent slightly outwards.
    Unfortunately fake sunglasses usually have outward bent earstems as well.
    Oakley X-Metal Authenticity Checklist - s5z09t.jpg


    Update 2014-05-17:
    As per request, added a link to the O-Review X-Metal Serial List.



     
    Last edited: 5/16/14
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  2. JOBEN

    JOBEN Oakley Collector

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    This is a good idea with the pictures! Thanks this should help some of the members that are new to X Metals out!!
     
  3. bad fishy

    bad fishy Oakley Expert

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    Great contribution!
     
  4. washi me sensie

    washi me sensie The Oakley R┼Źnin

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    great idea!
     
  5. thisguy

    thisguy Oakley Expert

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    I agree pics are worth the effort in trying to explain the differences of real and fake. Great idea!
     
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  6. Cargo

    Cargo JFL lover

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    Only down side to a post like this is that it is showing the people who make these fakes exactly what to "fix" for there next run.
     
  7. bad fishy

    bad fishy Oakley Expert

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    Possibly, but I think the counterfeit producers have held the actual items in hand and have certain reasoning for not creating an identical replica. Maybe if a certain amount of aspects are different there is a lesser criminal charge for producing counterfeits. Or maybe they just do not have the same production resources available to create an identical replica. I really don't think this will help them, but you never know...
     
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  8. qtrain23

    qtrain23 3D Printing Protege

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    I don't think they make them different on accident. It's not any harder for them to make an exact copy if they're already going that far. They do it for a reason.
     
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  9. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    To make them exact copies they'd be selling for a lot closer to the same price as the real thing.

    Cheaper materials, cheaper production, cheaper assembly, cheaper packaging, cheaper all around.
     
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  10. qtrain23

    qtrain23 3D Printing Protege

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    That's what I'm saying. They're making them different for a reason. They could reverse engineer about anything. I don't think sunglasses pose a challenge
     
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