Published: Tue, September 15, 2020
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USA customs seize 2,000 OnePlus Buds thinking they’re counterfeit Apple AirPods

USA customs seize 2,000 OnePlus Buds thinking they’re counterfeit Apple AirPods

Based on the accompanying photos, however, the seized products are actually legitimate OnePlus Buds, as clearly described on the earphones' boxing. The earbuds featured a design similar to the first-gen Apple AirPods, with half in-ear style earbuds and an oval case.

Officers at John F Kennedy International Airport had seized 2,000 "counterfeit Apple AirPod earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada", CBP said.

US Borders and customs have seized 2000 headphones made by Chinese technology giant OnePlus, believing them to be fake versions of Apple's AirPods. The problem there is that they included pictures with their big moment and the pictures show the OnePlus Buds, a pair of true wireless earbuds that are most definitely not AirPods.


In a press release, CBP said the seizure is an example of how it is "protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis".

If the merchandise were genuine, the press release read, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $398,000 (approximately €335,000). However, since they are priced at $79, the actual retail value of the shipment is $158,000; so instead of stopping counterfeit goods for almost $400,000, the CBP officers actually prevented 2,000 legitimate sales from occurring.

CBP hasn't deleted or corrected the tweet, and the agency did not immediately respond to Gizmodo's request for comment. "Hey, give those back!" the company's USA representative tweeted, with an upside-down smiley face emoji.

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