Find out how to ensure you’re purchasing an authentic 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscope.
We help fight counterfeits because there’s too much at stake.
Part of our commitment to your success as a caregiver is combatting the selling and manufacturing of counterfeit Littmann stethoscopes. Why? Because we know there’s a lot on the line. It’s the well-being of your patients.They count on you to accurately monitor, assess and diagnose their ailments. Missing a vital piece of information could hamper their care and recovery. It’s your professional success. Having the most accurate information about your patients will help you provide better care. Using a counterfeit Littmann stethoscope could hinder your professional growth. People buy high-quality products because they rely on the high performance and outstanding acoustics 3M Littmann stethoscopes deliver to help them be the best caregivers they can be.
Know the Signs
Spotting a counterfeit Littmann stethoscope isn’t always easy. That’s why it’s so important to know what to look for when shopping for a Littmann stethoscope. Keep in mind that it’s often a combination of things to be wary of—we’ve listed some of the most common signs here.
Warning sign: A limited selection.
3M Littmann Authorized Dealers carry a broad range of Littmann stethoscopes, including different models with a range of finishes and tubing colors.
Warning sign: Counterfeiters appear on e-commerce platforms for a short time.
This makes it less likely the seller will be responsive or have reviews. It also means that there probably isn’t much information available on the seller. 3M Littmann Authorized Dealers are knowledgeable and helpful. They’ll be responsive and help guide you to find the right Littmann stethoscope.
Warning sign: Counterfeiters rely on deals, speed and often omit markings or misspell words.
If the price sounds “too good to be true,” it probably is. We take pride in creating high-performance stethoscopes with outstanding acoustics. This craftsmanship takes time and has value—finding a substantial discount should be a concern.
Is my Littmann stethoscope authentic?
Are there a lot of fake Littmann stethoscopes being sold?
Counterfeiting affects almost all industries. At 3M they believe that even one counterfeit Littmann stethoscope is too many. They have made it a priority to actively monitor and remove counterfeit Littmann stethoscopes from the marketplace.
If I accidentally buy a counterfeit Littmann stethoscope, is it still a working stethoscope?
Counterfeit products are not known for quality. Professionals trust Littmann stethoscopes for the acoustic performance that 3M Littmann authentic stethoscopes can deliver. A counterfeit version may or may not perform adequately when you first obtain it. Counterfeit stethoscopes may not hold up and may fail to help you identify important subtle sounds in your patients in the long-term.
What are potential warning signs I should look for when purchasing a Littmann stethoscope?
One warning sign is price. If you see a price that looks “too good to be true,” it probably is. Littmann stethoscopes are known for high performance with outstanding acoustics and as such, are seldom available at deep discounts. Also be leery of sellers with limited reviews, quantities, or selection on hand—and remember, it’s usually a combination of suspicious signs that will tip you off to a counterfeit stethoscope.