These are refurbs and they're in-ear phones so there's kind of an ick factor there, but they seemed clean enough for me. The buds are quite big though. I had trouble fitting them in my ears. Sound quality seems to be worse than the ones that come with iPhones. They also need to be pushed all the way into your ear canal for there to be any bass. I just listen to books on tape on my bike so not a big deal for me. The cords are thick and sturdy, which is good if you have a tendency to snag them on things and it also makes them tangle up less easily. Wish they had volume controls though.