Well it has happened again, the Dollar Store has taken me for a fool...
I am putting this in size quality issues because I think it is related.
I was walking down the center isle of the store and I noticed a new product that was not yet put on the racks it was in a cart that was being unloaded to the shelves.
It was some ear-buds to for listening to audio.
I picked them out of the box to examine them. I noticed the packaging was smart white similar to the way Apple packages their ear-buds.
I read the front and it said they were for phones, laptops and mp3 players.
On the side of the box the frequency response was listed as 20hz to 20khz. I also noticed many of the new ear-bud features were included like a flat rather than round cord. Flat meaning it is tangle resistant.
I have bought many pairs of ear-buds at the dollar store only to get home and toss them into the trash because the sound quality was radically inferior.
Many of them would actually list telephone quality on the package so I would know not to purchase them. Not these ones, they have gotten bold in their deceptive packaging!
They were clearly marked 20hz to 20khz. frequency response , meaning, the full range that the ear can hear. Unless they actually meant the frequency response for a scale of measuring sound waves that is non standard I don't know.
Well this time I figured I would not wait till I got home. I carefully took them out of the package and plugged them into my mp3 player. They had the sorriest most pathetic sound quality I have ever heard in a pair of headphones. They were actually less than headphone quality. Like listening to music down a long tunnel...
And they were also made in China...
My first response is to loath the Chinese for making a fool of me.
Something inside me said, "This animosity is not right".
No, in all actuality they were probably designed and sent off to China by some cutthroat US corporation. The Chinese were only following the schematic's specifications for manufacturing this kind of tripe ordered by some US meglo-industrial ripoff firm.
I went back to the Dollar Store to exchange them for another item and the store manager said, "What do you expect for a dollar?".
I said, "I only paid 2.99 for the ones I currently use and they were made by Panasonic".
They are also one of the best ear-buds I have ever owned and I have owned quite a few over the years.
What I wanted to say was, "I expect for a dollar something that the packaging indicates it actually does". This is deceptive, false and well, an outright lie! I am really pissed off about it.
I also wanted to say to the store manager, "If it is only a dollar, then you won't mind tossing it in the trash where it belongs...".
These are what I own now.
I swear by them! Yes I paid 5 dollars shipping and handling for $2.99 ea.
They are as good if not better than thirty dollar ear-buds and my profession is music making, so I know.
You will be very pleased with these and yes, they are probably made in China also...
I ordered other things with my ear-bud order so really the ear-buds cost under four dollars total. If you listen to a lot of music order several pair. You will not be disappointed.
Some of the reviews say the Panasonic ear-buds tangle easily, this is not true. I have had thirty dollar ear-buds that had grippy rubber cords that tangled much more easily.
As for the fit, they fit my ears well and are comfortable but everyone has different ears so try em out...
And, steer clear of the Dollar Store ear-buds, all of them! If the Dollar Store made a deal with Panasonic they could not only sell high quality ear-buds but also have satisfied customers.
For now, nix on the Dollar Store ear-buds!