Does this look like counterfeit AirPods? I mean… don’t answer that. OnePlus
Even the best of us find it hard to see the difference between AirPods and their many lookalikes. But when customs and border protection touted on Twitter After seizing a packet of 2,000 counterfeit AirPods, internet detectives quickly pointed out that the “counterfeit AirPods” are in fact OnePlus Buds, with the OnePlus branding, in OnePlus packaging.
Updated on 09/14: It looks like US Customs is doubling down on their decision to seize the OnePlus Buds package. In a statement to The edge, a CBP spokesperson clarified that the OnePlus Buds were seized because they “infringe Apple’s configuration mark.” 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 AirPod lookalikes on Amazon, it’s safe to assume that CBP is just making up an excuse to cover up incompetence.
We will continue to follow the story as more information is released.
US Customs mistook legitimate (and clearly labeled) OnePlus Buds for counterfeit AirPods. Photos included in the agency’s September 13 Twitter post show a set of OnePlus Buds inside and outside of their retail packaging. CBP shared additional photos of the ‘counterfeit’ buds with FOX5 NY, including a photo of at least 20 OnePlus Buds. (By the way, did CBP intentionally chew on this earpiece shown to the top of the FOX5 article?)
Hey, give them back! 🙃
– OnePlus USA (@OnePlus_USA) September 14, 2020
CBP’s New York City Division initially tweeted about its “Counterfeit AirPods” September 11th. The organization claimed that profits from counterfeit products could “potentially subsidize criminal or terrorist activities.” Good to know, but not a single CBP employee involved in this story took the time to check out Google’s “OnePlus Buds”.
In case you were wondering, CBP hasn’t deleted its tweets or rewritten its Press release. We don’t know if the OnePlus Buds are still stuck at customs, but they’re worth around $ 158,000 in total, if that makes a difference.
Source: CBP NYC