I don't know how the ratings and reviews put this item so high in quality. The construction of these is extremely cheap. The clear plastic on the buds themselves is extremely cheap and creaky -- not solid. The over the hear cord that has a molded twist tie kind of function is terrible. It doesn't stay in the shape you form it in, so it won't wrap around the back of your ear and stay securely in place. There are a lot of rubber pads for the earbuds, but none of them feel secure to me, and some are awkward against the shape of the earbud, and make it really difficult to fit. The sound quality is probably the worst part here. Reviews claim it is surprisingly excellent, but it sounds very muffled, unbalanced, tinny, scratchy and abrasive. There is a somewhat decent bass throb with the right rubber caps, but it gets distorted easily. I purchased Best Buy Insignia brand earbuds on clearance for $3.99 prior to this purchase, and they are much more balanced sound and not distorted. If you're looking for a cool look, decent sound, and an excellent price, look for the plastic Insignia earbuds (the more expensive metal ones are terrible sounding, oddly). They are sold between $3.99 and $7.99 now. If you're looking for an earbud set for the gym or running, I would look around for a bluetooth earbud band. They are really cheap now! So, please, do not waste your time with these. They are extremely cheaply built, sound horrific, and are overpriced.