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If you buy on Amazon, expect a fake.
on November 7, 2016
I was shipped a fake. Not even a convincing one; L3 and R3 are extremely loud, there are huge dead zones on the left thumb stick, the plastic is flimsy and sharply cut and you can see through it so the LEDs inside can be seen from any angle instead of just through the little viewports for them, the color is wrong, and the RESET button is conspicuously missing; there's a hole for it, but no actual button. As if that wasn't proof enough, SCPTool actually announced that I'd plugged in a fake DS3 when I hooked it up to my PC as it apparently can tell the difference.
So I read some other reviews. Lots of other reviews from people who got fakes, all from sellers with different names. And then there are lots of reviews from people saying "Hmm, this color seems to be very cheap and flimsy compared to the other colors I've owned" -- Really, it's not that one color is more cheaply-made than another. What happened is that you got a fake. It looks like these sellers just pop up with a random name, ship out fakes until they're shut down, then re-open with a new name and scam more people. I imagine the guys who shipped me this fake will be shut down, but another seller is just going to pop up and do the same thing based on what I'm seeing in these other reviews.
At this point in the PS3's life span it won't be easy to find brand-new DS3 controllers. But I recommend against trying to buy them on Amazon, because it apparently has the same problem as eBay: sketchy sellers shipping out counterfeit items hoping to scam you out of your money.