“B-stock” is a term used in the headphone industry to describe headphones that may have been manufactured without taking the usual time and effort. As a result, such headphones may have minor cosmetic issues like scratches on the cups + drivers (typically referred to as “cosmetic damage”) or more severe flaws such as audible distortion.
In other words, it’s a technical grading system for used or refurbished headphones that are sold at a lower price than their retail counterparts – this includes both A-stock (factory defective) and B-stock (cosmetic damage).
B-Stock items can be considered as “Open Box” products, but with a much smaller discount attached to them. That being said, if you are looking for a fantastic deal on a headphone that has a very slight scratch or other minor blemishes, then B stock is the way to go.
Asking for b-stock headphones is usually a good option, as they are cheaper than their brand new counterparts. They are fully functional, just not 100% perfect.
Does b-stock headphones come with a guarantee?
B-stock headphones are not guaranteed. Since they are technically second-hand products, it’s normal for b-stock headphones to have blemishes on their housing/cups, scratches on the headband padding, etc.
That being said, all B stock items are tested and in proper working condition upon procurement. You can rest assured that you will be getting a fully functional product, but you will also receive the lowest price possible (who doesn’t like that?).
Why do some b-stock headphones cost more than others?
The cost of b-stock products will vary depending on the headphone’s model (or even time period), as well as its physical condition. This applies across the board, whether you are buying an open-ended or closed-back product; earbuds or studio monitors; standard or a limited edition – it all depends on the headphone model itself.
For example, just because you’re buying b-stock Beats by Dre headphones doesn’t mean they will be cheaper than b-stock Sennheiser or Sony headphones! Of course, if you are looking to buy one of the latest Studio Beats, then it’s safe to say that their price will be different compared to an old pair of Beats by Dre.
The price of b-stock headphones will also vary depending on the seller, but don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price than what is advertised! After all, it’s just another way to save money when buying your next pair of headphones or earbuds.
Are b-stock headphones opened only by the seller?
As b-stock headphones are technically second-hand products, it is possible for them to have been bought and resold several times. This means that they will most likely be opened when you receive them, but don’t let this scare you away! Like A-stock items, B Stock headphones are guaranteed to function correctly, even if they have been opened before.
Even though there have been reports of people being sent b-stock headphones that were obviously used in the past, this is not standard practice, and it’s not something you should worry about when buying b-stock products.