It is not uncommon for the US Customs and Border Services (CBP) to confiscate counterfeit AirPods and iPhones, but there was only one small problem with the confiscation, proudly announced on Friday: they were not counterfeit AirPods at all.
CBP announced that it had previously confiscated 2,000 “fake Apple AirPods” worth $ 398,000 at retail …
On August 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Hong Kong-based Apple Airpod headphones destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the product were genuine, the manufacturer̵7;s suggested retail price (MSRP) would be $ 398,000.
“CBP employees protect the American public from various dangers on a daily basis,” said Troy Miller, director of CBP’s field operations in New York. “The interception of these fake headphones is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to the success of the mission by our day-to-day CBP staff.”
CBP explained that this was one of 27,599 seizures of counterfeit goods, with a total retail value of $ 1.5 billion. According to him, this protects both the economy and consumers from the risks posed by counterfeit electronics.
The problem, like On the edge reports that these are not fake AirPods, they are real OnePlus Buds – and very obviously so.
The only problem is that based on the agency’s own photos, the seized products look legitimate OnePlus Buds – transported in a box that clearly says so much. But CBP proudly tweeted “THIS IS NOT AN APPLE,” as if its people had cleverly discovered a forged 18th-century work of art. It is not clear if all 2000 blocked units are OnePlus Buds, although CBP images are infallible. The units originated in Hong Kong and were confiscated from JFK on August 31; they headed to Nevada, the press release said. If they were all OnePlus Buds, CBP’s math is a long way off: at $ 79, 2,000 of them would cost $ 158,000.
Of course, OnePlus Buds look a lot like AirPods. But it is far from identical, and given that the packaging clearly identifies them, it seems difficult to understand why CBP considers them to be counterfeit goods.
OnePlus responded to CBP’s tweet in a good mood.
I mean, if we give the benefit of CBP’s suspicion, maybe some of the packages really contained fake AirPods? But this is not shown in the photo (terrible quality!), Seen in a tweet. At the moment, this seems like an embarrassing mistake.
Our sister site 9to5Google came to the conclusion that the pimples are of decent quality, but really recommended for use with a OnePlus phone.
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