Even the best of us have trouble seeing the difference between AirPods and their many lookalikes. But when customs and border guards laughed on Twitter after taking a package of 2,000 counterfeit AirPods, Internet friends quickly pointed out that “counterfeit AirPods”; are actually OnePlus Buds, with OnePlus marking, in OnePlus packaging.
Updated 9/14: It seems that US customs are doubling their decision to seize the package with OnePlus Buds. In another statement The border, a CBP spokesman clarified that OnePlus Buds were seized because they “violate Apple’s configuration brand.” In other words, they look too much like AirPods.
No, Apple has not taken legal action against OnePlus. When you consider the unlimited number of AirPods lookalikes on Amazon, it is safe to assume that CBP is just an excuse to cover for incompetence.
We continue to keep track of history when new information comes out.
US Customs mistaken for legitimate (and clearly labeled) OnePlus Buds for counterfeit AirPods. Pictures included in the agency’s Twitter post on September 13 show a set of OnePlus knobs inside and outside their retail packaging. CBP shared additional images of “fake” buds with FOX5 NY, including an image of at least 20 OnePlus buds. (By the way – did CBP deliberately chew up the earpiece shown at the top of FOX5’s article?)
Hi, give them back! 🙃
– OnePlus USA (@OnePlus_USA) September 14, 2020
CBP’s New York City division originally tweeted about its “fake AirPods” caprice on 9/11. The organization claimed that proceeds from counterfeit goods could “potentially subsidize criminal or terrorist activity.” It’s good to know, but not a single CBP employee involved in this story took the time to Google “OnePlus Buds.”
If you are wondering, CBP has not deleted its tweets or rewritten its press release. We do not know if the OnePlus knobs are still stuck in customs, but they are worth a total of about 158 thousand dollars, if that makes any difference.
Source: CBP NYC