Third parties are selling counterfeit goods under the Xotic trademark. These counterfeit products do not have Xotic's warranty and are unlikely to perform as well as authentic Xotic products.
Sale of such goods infringes Xotic's rights and can result in fines up to $5,000,000, imprisonment of up to 10 years, damages, and attorney's fees under US law.
Purchasers of counterfeit Xotic products are being victimized by receiving goods of a significantly lower quality. Please be careful to avoid purchasing counterfeit Xotic BB Preamps. The counterfeit BB Preamp looks similar to the authentic product, but it is different in several respects, including the knob, color and size of the case.
For example, the product below is an example of a counterfeit Xotic BB Preamp.
Buy from authorized Xotic retailers to get authentic Xotic products.
This is the authentic Xotic BB Preamp. Look closely at the knobs, color and size of the authentic product.
If in doubt, compare the product to a known authentic item on the Xotic website, and always buy from an authorized retailer.
The back labeling on the authentic Xotic BB Preamp.
If you want Xotic's pre-gain stage allowing the Pedal to go from a very pristine clean to a very smooth, compressed, overdriven sound, buy from authorized retailers
Authentic Xotic BB Preamps have round knobs and a distinctive "stipple" paint finish.
Xotic quality is only available from authentic Xotic products. Don't be fooled by a fake.
Compare the authentic and counterfeit Xotic BB Preamp. The authentic preamp has round knobs, different font and a stipple paint finish.
What's inside your Xotic BB Preamp?
If it doesn't look like this, then you have been deceived and have a counterfeit.
It's what's inside that counts. Look inside this counterfeit Xotic BB Preamp purchased on AliExpress and you will see that the electronics are not the same as the authentic product shown above.
This seller on a China website offers a counterfeit Xotic BB Preamp for just $79, a fraction of the authentic product price.
Counterfeit products are often re-listed on eBay as "Authentic" and sold to unsuspecting buyers.
Counterfeiters will often use a photo of the manufacturer's authentic product in their listing photo, but send you a fake.
The $49 price with free shipping from China should be a good indication you will not receive an authentic Xotic product.