?!? Why would they?
Because they are concerned about counterfeits?
I'd assert that it does not benefit Shure to pay for lots of shipping of suspect products. And under Customs/import laws any product found to be counterfeit is subject to immediate seizure.So think of this scenario: Andrew gets a UPS pickup label from Shure, who spends $6 to have the item delivered to them. They decide it's an imported fake, and refuse to return it or they call ICE who seizes it. Andrew is now out whatever product he sent in and Shure has created PR problem for themselves. Andrew might be out $30-$50, but Shure now has a "customer" who's pissed off at them and decides to buy Audio Technica or EV.If it's genuine, will the customer agree to pay for return shipping?I don't see how Shure benefits from this type of engagement with end users.
DebbieI just went through this same thing, and was convinced by those web sites and Youtube video's that I had a fake SM58 that I purchased new in 2001. I purchased a real, but older 58 from Craigslist, and the next day I looked at but did not purchase a fake. Here's what I discovered:Many of those sites make incorrect claims:Some older SM58's have a sticker just below the ball instead of the newer silkscreen - real 58's.The older stickers say SM58 - Dynamic - Lo Z, the newer ones have repeated SM58 silkscreened - both real 58's.The fake that I looked at had the "Caution" sticker on the capsule underneath the ball.Some of the real 58's have dark grey threads on the main body where the ball threads in place, instead of the shiny silver threads - real 58's.All real 58's have transformers, weigh about 300 grams, and have a yellow and green wire inside. I purchased a 90's model that has a 3rd black wire inside.The bag might be smooth or textured leather, should be about 10" long, and will have either a Made in China label or stamped Made in Mexico (I have both, genuine Shure).You cannot tell by looking at the flange at the bottom of the ball, this has changed over the years.The metel "rib" around the center of the ball should be about 3mm, on the fake I looked at it was noticeably wider.I contacted Shure regarding my mic with the Lo Z sticker, and they were very responsive.I asked about the sticker and color of the threads, and Michael Pettersen replied:[Yes, a label was used for many decades. I do not remember black threads, though. Photos would help.]So I took my 2001 and 90's 58's to a friend that has been in the business for 30 years, and we plugged each one into a speaker and tested them audibly. His were sent to Shure for refurbishing, so we know they were genuine. All of these mic's sounded exactly the same. Additionally, they all had dark grey threads underneath the ball.When I went to look at the fake, I advised the seller that I was concerned and sent links to several sites. She was very accommodating and I could tell she had no idea of the fake's. I noticed the Caution sticker on the capsule and the thicker ring around the ball. I did not unscrew the capsule to look at the wires. But the real test is done by listening to the mic!I brought along a small bass headphone amp, and using adapters I could plug the mic into the battery powered amp and listen through headphones. The difference was immediately noticeable, the fake being very thin sounding and shrilly - terrible!So all I can say at this point is you have to be able to listen and compare if you wish to purchase these mic's on the used market or at cheap prices online.Wow - 8 replies while I was typing!
If you have a whole bunch of mics that sound and handle the same, and you are convinced that some are genuine, then all are genuine. It's that simple.
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