It seems that AQ cables are the most common brand for counterfeits from China. I too asked for verification from a AQ rep and mine were authentic.
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I had noticed these being sold on eBay and had wondered if they were fake. They were selling a new pair for half of what a new pair sells on here for. I was thinking a business minded person could make some money this way. I had emailed Audioquest and they were very vague about them being fake. I was thinking maybe they sold a big lot of their cables to someone for a great deal and they could offer a low price on them. Good to know they are not the real deal. I had almost bought a set of the interconnects before.
cv8 speaker cable imported from China....US $215.79
CV-8 Speaker Cable Pair 8ft.(2.5m) $499.75 at Amazon
I have learned that AQ cables are made in China, so I don't know what to think anymore. Some of the Chinese dealers may be selling the real stuff.