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= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: PlayStation PS3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller (Black) (Accessory)
Firstly, I'm not saying all sold on Amazon are fake. If you buy DIRECT FROM AMAZON chances are your item will be genuine, otherwise, I wouldn't trust any other seller.
I, like many others in the reviews on here have been hood-winked into buying an Official Sony product that turns out to be a cheap fake replica from Asia (I'm aware the genuine items are also made there).

When you receive your product, check the packaging- Sony now use a black cardboard angular box with a clear from window, or a blue cardboard box.

I think the US design may now be in what's sometimes called a 'blister pack' style, plastic formed over the pads shape, with card surrounding it.

Check the model number/serial number and the barcode to the Official controller you got with the system.
As far as I'm aware I've had numerous official pads that use either the serial number (CECHZC2U) which has a very smooth surface to the plastic, or the newest version I bought in the cardboard pack I photographed (CECHZC2E) which has a noticeable rougher 'matte' surface.

ALSO compare the printed silver 'SONY' stamped logo on the centre of the controller, and the Dualshock 3 blue logo on the top-right side of the controller, next to the USB connector.

Finally, some people have had problems with the fakes not charging, or only working when plugged in via USB.
If you think your product is fake, return it and REPORT the seller!!

People buy these fakes in bulk, to sell on at a profit, on sites such as Amazon and Especially eBay!!
The Official items come in various colours, I've seen the fakes sold in White (which mine was) Red, Blue, Pink, Yellow.

I've not seen a fake pad in the Jungle Green colour (I had an official pad with a Killzone 3 Boxset)
or in the transparent Cosmic Blue & Red colours which came with Infamous 2. Sony also recently released a transparent 'Slate Grey' colour.

It can all get a little confusing as there are so many versions now, but B=be sure to check yours carefully when you receive it & before you use it, don't get ripped off while filling some con-artist's pocket!
Thanks for reading.
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Initial post: 2 Apr 2012 19:24:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2012 19:25:10 BDT
MKG says:
I have uploaded a pic of the current packaging used by Sony in the UK. If what you receive is any different, then chances are you have been sold a fake.
You can get an Official Sony Dualshock from Zavvi Online at the moment for under £31 delivered.

Posted on 4 Apr 2012 22:10:27 BDT
Mark says:
Damn it seems like mine from Speedy Deals were fake.. :/ The case has been put to gether so badly and one controlled ha as bit of sticker just next to the L1 buttom. My bad for not checking properly..

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 21:33:03 BDT
Le Codge says:
The one i've received has model no: CECHZC2H. This is not an official UK one.

Cannot turn off power saving - the controller shuts down after 5 minutes non-use, despite the option on the PS3 being disabled.
Takes an age to power up the machine. My previous official pad started the PS3 as soon as the PS button was pressed on the controller. This goes through the sync process before powering on.
The buttons are non-responsive unless fully pressed down. Even on an unbroken-in controller, this should not be the case.
The Sony font is incorrect on the front. It's stretched vertically compared to my official one.
The R2 button has now stuck down.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 16:02:42 BDT
Ant B says:
It could be worse, you could've got the one from 123WAREHOUSE currently priced at "£2,995.00 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery." lol.

My UK official controllers are CECHZC1E (SIXAXIS, without the Dual Shock thing), I believe the official DS-3 ones are CECHZC2E.

Posted on 27 Oct 2012 20:59:14 BDT
J. M. Clare says:
'OFFICIAL SONY DUALSHOCK 3' Thank you for you warning about fake, I have fallen for this on a Nokia phone (which was from Hong Kong!!!) so am now careful but have to admit would not have remembered if you had not jogged my memory so thanks again
Why are these companies allowed to use the likes of Ebay and Amazon anyway. I assumed Amazon was all above board and trustworthy.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 21:05:26 GMT
Thank you for your review. Very useful information.

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 18:02:06 GMT
D. Sawyer says:
Official ones also come from Asia. The trick is to never buy a controller that does not say OFFICIAL on it. Also make sure it is spelt correctly "OFFICIAL SONY DUALSHOCK 3" Not JoyShock, Duo Shock or DualShock III. If buying on ebay check packaging and get serial numbers. Everything on the pad can be faked all packaging can be faked. The real way to tell is to open them and check out the circuit board and match it up with official boards. Please be aware that the older Sixaxis pads are made of a cheaper more clearer plastic these are not fake thats just the way they are the remade the controller to be a solid black if your Dual shock pad is anyway see through its not real or it has had a case change which isnt very easy to do since you need to trim some parts.

Just dont be stupid and read up on what your purchasing and remember if the price sounds too good to be true it is your being robbed.
If you purchase an Item that declares to be official and is not your entitled to your full refund due to missleading sales. Not all HK pads are fake so dont be put off them. Just make sure its an Official Pad.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 23:36:04 GMT
Ms Mohamed says:
fake pad. what can i do to get my money back?

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 23:37:50 GMT
Ms Mohamed says:
fake pad. what can i do to get my money back?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 16:32:41 GMT
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