They could be fakes, as they were cheaper. I purchased them from an ebay seller in Germany, and they actually came shipped from Germany. The packaging was printed, glossy and perfect. They were a spot on duplicates of the old Classic Osram Xenarc I had in there, every notch was right, even the little imprint in the plastic that has an arrow pointing to the month it was made in, solid workmanship. They were just not packed in pairs, they were individually packaged bulbs, like when you get replacements. The other reviewers had no issues with the bulbs, just me. The seller is sending me another single, I'll send the defective back. Ultimately, it was such a pain to get the bulbs in ( i did it from the top, I'll post some pics from that later) that i would rather have possible fakes in than do the driver side over again... they light up the road fine, nothing amazing, just whiter than the old classic Xenarcs I had in, I can't see a difference in the brightness between the Classic Xenarc and the CBI, as i left in the one good CBI and one Classic Xenarc in. I think I actually like the old yellower bulb more than these whiter colors... color of trees/grass/road feel less washed out..
Here are some pics of the bulbs.
The lights shining on the wall are for those who want to compare.
Osram Xenarc CBI (New) on left, and Osram Xenarc Classic (4 yrs old) on right.
(keep in mind its shining on dry wall with that grey/tan paper on it)
Last edited by Sci-fi_Wasabi; 03-23-2014 at 12:07 PM.