US Borders and Custom Protection seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods on August 31, it was announced in a recent press release, sent from Hong Kong to New York’s JFK Airport. “If the goods were real,” the release proudly reads, “the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) would have been $ 398,000.”
This is slightly incorrect, as the actual value of the cargo is $ 158,000. how do we know? Because that’s 2,000 Oneplus buds Cost. And in a photo posted with the press release as well as CBP’s tweet, we see that the “fake AirPods” are, in fact, OnePlus Buds.
Announced in June, the OnePlus Buds are $ 79 wireless earphones launched with the OnePlus Nord phone. OnePlus, like other Chinese phone manufacturers, has been accused of releasing the first “iPhone clone” phone. Its new, excellent key equipment,, Defended from such allegations.
Responding to the tweet, OnePlus USA wrote: “Hey, give that back!”
But in defense of CBP, those do Look like AirPods. And OnePlus isn’t the only one to launch AirPod-esque earphones since Apple launched the line in 2016And Thinking.
“CBP officers are protecting the American public from various threats on a daily basis,” said CBP’s Director of New York Field Operations Troy Miller in the press release above. “The blocking of these fake earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment by our CBO offices to the success of the mission every day.”
CBP has been contacted for comment, but did not immediately respond.
Update, September 13 at 11:20 pm: OnePlus adds USA’s tweet.