It’s not uncommon for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to seize counterfeit AirPods and iPhones, but there was only one minor problem with the confiscation, which was proudly announced on Friday: they weren’t counterfeit AirPods at all.
CBP announced that it had previously seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods with a retail value of $ 398,000.
On August 31, CBP officials seized 2,000 counterfeit Hong Kong Apple Airpod earbuds destined for Nevada from an air cargo facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the merchandise were genuine, the manufacturer̵7;s suggested retail price (MSRP) would have been $ 398,000.
“CBP officers protect the American public from a variety of threats every day,” said Troy Miller, director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct expression of the vigilance and commitment of our CBP officers to mission success every day.”
The CBP said this was one of 27,599 seizures of counterfeit goods with a total sales value of $ 1.5 billion. This protects both the economy and consumers from the risks of counterfeit electronics.
The problem when The edge According to reports, these were not fake AirPods, but real OnePlus buds – and it was obvious.
The only problem is that based on the agency’s photos, the confiscated products appear to be legitimate OnePlus buds – transported in a box that clearly states this. But CBP proudly tweeted, “THAT’S NOT AN APPLE,” as if its people had astutely discovered a fake 18th century artwork. It’s not clear if all of the 2,000 units blocked were OnePlus Buds, although the CBP images are unmistakable. The units were from Hong Kong and were confiscated at JFK on August 31. According to the press release, they went to Nevada. If they were all OnePlus Buds, the math would be far from CBP: at $ 79 each, 2,000 of them would be worth $ 158,000.
Granted, OnePlus Buds look pretty similar to AirPods. But far from being identical, and with the packaging clearly identifying them, it seems difficult to understand why CBP thought they were counterfeit goods.
OnePlus responded cheerfully to the CBP’s tweet.
I mean, if we give the CBP the benefit of the doubt, maybe some of the packages actually contained counterfeit AirPods? But that’s not what you see in the photo (terrible quality!) In the tweet. At the moment this looks like an embarrassing mistake.
Our sister site 9to5Google concluded that buds are of decent quality but are only really recommended for use with a OnePlus phone.
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