I shouldn’t need to tell you this trick to lifelong earbuds

I am often utterly baffled by people who complain about their earbuds/headphones breaking all the time.  I often hear that people are too afraid to buy decent headphones because, let’s face it, they will die in a few months.  The wires in the plug will get loose, or the little remote will start acting up, or you’ll pull it out your ear one day and it’ll just fall apart, with bits of wire and plastic hanging all over the place.  So how come no one seems to understand this one basic rule?


I don’t understand why this doesn’t occur to everyone.  If you want those expensive headphones to last over a year, please, just keep hold of the receipt.  It’s such a little thing.  Because let’s face it, these things don’t make it to a year, but they should, as long as you’re looking after your headphones, they should last years, but they don’t.  No matter how expensive they are, they just don’t last.

With my first iPhone, it came with those old headphones Apple always used to provide, those silly circular headphones that may have been great for some, but for me, just fell out my ears.  I’ve always been a fan of in-ear earbud.  Luckily, Apple sold them, but they cost £50.  Well, I knew there was no way they’d last over a year, not because they were poor Apple quality, all manufacturers are guilty of this; not because I wouldn’t look after them (I coil my headphones carefully after each use, they actually last longer than most of my friends’; they wouldn’t last because, well, they’re headphones, they never last.

I went through four sets of those in three years on one purchase.

But you know what, that’s not my fault, that’s the manufacturers’ fault.  Yes, you heard me right, it’s not reasonable wear and tear.  Manufacturers should be able to make a decent set of headphones that last over a year, especially if they’re going to charge you a lot of money for them.  Luckily, it’s a legal requirement that manufacturers offer a 12-month warranty.  And they do.  So why does everyone throw away the receipt when their headphones seem to work after a week.  They will break, you know they will.  You know those £50 Apple headphones I got?  I went through four sets of those in three years on one purchase.  You know how much I paid for them?  Not £150.  £50.  Because I kept the receipt in my wallet.  I knew that they wouldn’t last, so the moment they started playing up, I went straight back to the store, receipt in hand, and I got new ones.

You’re thinking wait, you said three years, how’d you manage that when it’s a one year warranty?  And you’d be right, the kit provides a one-year warranty, but you replace one, the next one has a whole new one year warranty.  Those fifty quid headphones lasted me three years because each time I replaced them, I got a new receipt and a new warranty, and every time I kept the receipt in my wallet.

I’ve done this with Apple headphones, I then did it again with Sennheiser headphones, and now I’m doing it with Denon headphones, because, fun fact, most stores will let you switch to different headphones when you go for a replacement.  So seriously, please, just hold on to the receipt, it’s what the warranty is there for.

And if more people do this, like always do this, so that manufacturers are just getting broken headphones back through their doors every day, costing them money, sooner or later, they’ll take the hint, and maybe start making headphones that last longer that 12 months in the first place.