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US Customs confiscated 2,000 OnePlus Buds, believing them to be fake AirPods


A tweet from US Borders and Custom Protection.

CBP / Twitter

US Borders and Custom Protection seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods on August 31, according to a recently released press release sent from Hong Kong to New York’s JFK Airport. “If the goods were genuine,” the press release proudly states, “the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) would have been $ 398,000.”

That’s a slight miscalculation as the actual value of the cargo is $ 158,000. How do we know? Because so much 2,000 OnePlus Buds costs. And in the photo next to the press release and a CBP tweet we see that the “fake AirPods” are actually OnePlus Buds.

Announced in June, the OnePlus Buds are $ 79 wireless headphones that launched alongside the OnePlus Nord phone. OnePlus, like other Chinese phone manufacturers, was previously accused of releasing phones that were “iPhone clones”. Its newer, award-winning flagship devices, like the OnePlus 8 Prohave protected it from such allegations.

OnePlus USA replied to the tweet: “Hey, give them back!”

But in defense of the CBP, this one do look like AirPods. And OnePlus hasn’t been the only one to launch AirPod-like headphones since Apple launched the line in 2016 Samsung Galaxy Buds and Google Buds come to mind.

“CBP officers protect the American public from a variety of threats on a daily basis,” said Troy Miller, director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, in the aforementioned press release. “The interception of these counterfeit earphones directly reflects the vigilance and commitment of our CBP officers to mission success on a daily basis.”

The CBP was asked to comment but did not respond immediately.

Update, September 13 at 11:20 p.m.: Adds a OnePlus USA tweet.

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