Even the best of us struggle to tell the difference between AirPods and their many lookalikes. When Customs and Border Protection boasted on Twitter after confiscating a package of 2,000 counterfeit AirPods, Internet experts quickly pointed out that the “counterfeit AirPods” were actually OnePlus Buds with OnePlus branding in OnePlus packaging.
No, Apple has not taken any legal action against OnePlus. When looking at the unlimited number of AirPods lookalikes on Amazon, it can be assumed that CBP is just an excuse for incompetence.
We will continue to keep up with history as new information comes out.
U.S. Customs mistook legitimate (and clearly labeled) OnePlus buds for fake AirPods. Photos, included in the agency’s Sept. 13th Twitter post, show a row of OnePlus buds inside and outside of their retail packaging. CBP provided FOX5 NY with additional photos of the “fake” buds, including a picture of at least 20 OnePlus buds. (BTW – did CBP intentionally chew the earbud pictured in FOX5’s article above?)
Hey give them back! 🙃
– OnePlus USA (@OnePlus_USA) September 14, 2020
The New York division of CBP originally tweeted on September 11th about the capers of the “counterfeit AirPods”. The organization claimed that profits from counterfeit goods “can potentially subsidize criminal or terrorist activities”. That’s good to know, but not a single CBP employee who was involved in this story took the time for Google “OnePlus Buds”.
In case you’re wondering, CBP didn’t delete its tweets or rewrite its press release. We don’t know if the OnePlus buds are still in customs, but they’re worth about $ 158,000 total if that makes any difference.
Source: CBP NYC