Here ya go I just pulled this off of IK's website for this threads documentation sake:
It has recently come to the attention of IK Multimedia that counterfeit iRig interface adapters are being sold via online auction sites such as eBay and Amazon Marketplace. Customers should be advised that purchases through non-authorized IK resellers are made at their own risk and that IK cannot provide support or assume liability for these purchases.
Our iRig products go through a rigorous certification and testing process to ensure proper compatibility and safe usage with Apple mobile devices. IK Multimedia stands behind its products with a proud 15-year history of quality, reliability and service. Counterfeit products have no such guarantees and can potentially damage your device.
How to confirm that an iRig is a genuine IK Multimedia iRig:
Since the first counterfeit iRigs were noticed, we have since seen several variations of fake units. Please review the points below which help to indicate a possible counterfeit.
1. A legitimate iRig box will not be a solid white color or mention 'OEM' on the package. We have seen a variety of boxes, please refer to our webpage here to view a legit iRig package: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/package/
2. A legitimate iRig box will feature a high definition image of the iPhone with the AmpliTube app. Counterfeit iRig's have been seen with a low resolution image of the iPhone with AmpliTube - some of them even have the color slightly off and feature a more "yellowish" color to the AmpliTube amp model.
3. A legitimate iRig box will have a well defined shadow on top of the iPhone image on the box. Counterfeit iRig's do not have a well defined shadow - the shadow on top of the iPhone image will be in a lower resolution.
4. A legitimate iRig package will contain a 'Registration Card' with an iRig serial number inside of the package. If no 'Registration Card' was included in the package, this could indicate a counterfeit device.
5. A legitimate iRig is black in color only. We have seen some units offered in a white plastic body, which is a clear indication of a counterfeit.
6. The mini-jack on a genuine IK Multimedia iRig Interface Adapter is gold in color. Many of the fakes we have seen are silver in color, however please note, there are some fakes to also be gold in color, so this is not the best indicator. Note that the iRig Mic actually has a silver jack – this is NOT a sign of counterfeiting on that product – but the iRig Interface Adapter for guitar always has a gold jack.
7. The silk-screened printing on a genuine IK Multimedia iRig Interface Adapter is sharp and clear. Many of the fakes we have seen have less precise printing with jagged edges and a more bulbous and unevenly spaced font design. The logo can be sometimes be shorter or appear "squished", more than the real iRig logo.
8. The guitar icon on a genuine IK Multimedia iRig Interface Adapter is vertically aligned to the center of the iRig text printed on the side of the product itself. Many of the fakes we have seen have the guitar icon vertical and aligned to the lower third of the iRig text, however, this is not always the case.
9. The plastic body of some counterfeit iRigs have a screw on the opposite side of the iRig logo (like the real iRig) but some of the fakes do not have any screw, instead, are glued together.
10. The guitar input is a black ring on a real iRig. Some fake units also have a black ring, while some have a gold ring, which is a clear indicator of a fake unit.
11. The guitar and headphone images are very sharp and clear in a real iRig. Many of the fakes have smudged or faded appearance.
12. A legitimate iRig will not have any writing on the cable jacket from the guitar input housing to the TRRS connector. Some of the counterfeit iRig's we have seen will have faint, white writing on the black cable jacket.
13. Some of the counterfeit iRig's will have extra plastic not shaved properly from the guitar input housing. A legitimate iRig will not have extra bits of plastic protruding from the plastic seams.
How to spot a counterfeit iRig Interface Adapter before buying online:
It's easy to be tempted by unusually low prices, but if a price looks too good to be true, there is probably a reason for that. It may be a counterfeit product. Everyone wants a great deal, and IK offers generous savings through frequent sales and initiatives. But those sales and initiatives are well publicized. So if you see an unusually low price advertised when no promotions are going on, chances are good that the seller is offering a counterfeit product.
You should also be aware that our legitimate Chinese resellers, such as the Apple Store, do not ship products to destinations outside of China. If the seller is located in China and they have offered to ship to you, then they are operating outside of a proper IK dealer agreement and may be selling counterfeit goods. Furthermore, we advise you to be suspicious of resellers with no returns policy or address. To return something you need to be confident that you can find the seller after you've bought the goods. Additionally, if you see an iRig advertised in an unusual setting, alongside unrelated items such as clothing, toys, general household wares, you should be cautious. To protect yourself and your purchase, always buy from an IK authorized reseller.
You can visit our dealer locator online or contact us to verify whether a reseller is authorized by IK.
If you come across a counterfeit dealer, please do contact us immediately. We are grateful for your assistance in combating piracy and counterfeiting.