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Jason
Jason

Given the rampant counterfeiting issues on Amazon I would not screw around with them for anything other than basic three ply surgical masks. N95s from more reputable dealers are back down to mostly reasonable levels. If you want to save money look into KF94 (South Korea), cheaper than N95s and less likely to be fake than KN95s.

Debit
Debit

“Given the rampant counterfeiting issues on Amazon”

Debit hates amazon.

cjb
cjb

Nobody loves you.

TimF
TimF

Can report back. I received the 3M ones today and they are real and great quality. Thanks for sharing!

Diggs
Diggs

Received the 3M masks as well. There’s a validation sticker at the bottom of the box containing a Secure Code and a Lot Code, which can be validated at https://safeguard.3m.com/ and which upon doing so resulted in this response:

The secure code combination you entered is a valid code combination for 3M Disposable Respirator 8210. 3M recommends placing a check mark and today’s date next to the secure code to indicate that the secure code has already been validated. Please ensure that the lot number and “use by” date remain legible at all times.

While this validation doesn’t 100% guarantee that they’re genuine (as the sticker is nothing more than a simple white label, where a good counterfeiter could print their own labels w/ codes from a legit batch), between the masks being sold directly by Amazon.com and a successful 3m validation, in my book it improves the chances that they are genuine. BTW, the masks expire 03/2026.

I’ve never owned these masks before, so I can’t comment on how they compare to ones from previous years.

Sam F.
Sam F.

Thanks. I received mine, but have not yet checked the code. My code, however, is not a sticker, but printed directly on the box. Was your actually a sticker?

Diggs
Diggs

Yes, mine’s a sticker, placed crooked/slanted at the bottom of the box. It looks very unprofessional.

The top row of the sticker (which contains the “secure code”) is actually difficult to read (as the row is cut off at the top), where every occurrence of the number “1” in that row almost looks like a backwards letter “r” (but w/o the curve), similar to Ascii Character Code 191 “┐”.

If Ascii Character Code 191 “┐”doesn’t display on this web-page, you can generate it yourself on a Windows PC:
– Open Notepad (or Wordpad)
– Press and hold the ALT key
– Press and let go of keys 1 9 1 on the numeric keypad
– Let go of the ALT key

No idea what the procedure is on a Mac, iPhone or Android device to type extended Ascii Characters.

Sam F.
Sam F.

Just checked mine, no sticker, just printed/stamped on the bottom of the box. I got a “valid” result. There was a note that subsequent checks would give a warning, but checking right away again did not give a warning. Wonder if someone else would really get the warning. 🤔

“You have entered a valid 3M code
( 77748EFA5B / A21081 )

Note: Future entries or attempts to validate the same secure code combination will result in a warning that the secure code combination has been copied or compromised.”

Larry
Larry

Have the same problem. I can’t see on the screen where to enter the promo code. Has any one ordered this instead of the N95?

Sal
Sal

Where is the promo code entered for the muiphro to get 11.99 price?

Froide
Froide

Read the reviews before buying.
Caveat emptor.

Jubs
Jubs

Also got the KN95’s. I like that they are colored!

Sam F.
Sam F.

Do folks think the 3M ones are actually real? That’s a pretty low price, even if we are at the “light at the end of the tunnel” stage of the pandemic.

Anna
Anna

I’ve bought them from Amazon in the past but that was pre COVID. I don’t have the one linked on this post because I bought the with the respirator one, but I did buy a pack of that one as well for someone in my family. I’m not sure I’ll be able to tell if it’s a fake but I can take a look and see if there’s a difference when I receive them.

Rowan
Rowan

That would be helpful, thanks for offering go compare them. In theory the fact that they’re shipped and sold by Amazon makes it much more likely that they’re legitimate. But the price does indeed seem low even by PRE-COVID standards!

Anna
Anna

I got the masks today, so far as I can tell the masks look the same but I’ve yet to use them. The one big difference I see is that the use by date from my old box (the one with respirator) is printed on the box, the new one is on a sticker (similar to ones you see at grocery stores). The area where the use by date and other info is blank on the new box.

I took a look at my old order, pricing wise it’s almost the same as what I paid in 2019.

Caleb
Caleb

They’re probably real since they’re sold and shipped from Amazon.

Dubya
Dubya

about half of the most recent reviews claim they are fake

Rowan
Rowan

I’m hoping those are from people who bought from a 3rd-party seller at some point.

Sam F.
Sam F.

I really wish Amazon would note if the review is from an Amazon sold item!

Diggs
Diggs

Should have posted my initial response in this thread to this reply. In case you missed it, here’s that post:
https://www.doctorofcredit.com/amazon-discounted-facemaks-n95-kn95/#comment-1172570

Sam F.
Sam F.

Thanks. I replied there.

Anna
Anna

Thank you! I’ve been looking for the 3M version, I wanted to grab a box in preparation for fire season.

Christian
Christian

Typo: Facemaks should be facemasks

Jonathan
Jonathan

I dunno, I kinda like Facemaks. It kinda sounds like face smacks! Im just sad doc didnt include a verdict 🙁

Nick
Nick

Thanks, got the KN95 ones!