CBP tweeted final night time that its officers had “not too long ago seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398K had they been real.”
Hey, give these again! 🙃
— OnePlus USA (@OnePlus_USA) September 14, 2020
The tweet additionally linked out to an official press release that praises CBP officers for “defending the American public from numerous risks every day,” including “the interceptions of those counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and dedication to mission success by our CBP officers day by day.”
Primarily based on the accompanying images, nonetheless, the seized merchandise are literally reliable OnePlus Buds, as clearly described on the earphones’ boxing. Whether or not the two,000 seized models had been all OnePlus Buds is not instantly clear, however on condition that the CBP tweeted “That is not an [Apple emoji]” in direct reference to the OnePlus bins suggests that is all an embarrassing mistake.
As well as, and as famous by The Verge, the CBP’s valuation suggests they’ve been mistaken for AirPods, as a result of at $79 every, 2,000 OnePlus Buds can be value $158,000, not $398,000. In line with the CBP press launch, which makes no point out of the OnePlus branding, the models originated from Hong Kong and had been headed to Nevada, however had been seized at JFK on August 31.
To be honest, the OnePlus Buds bear a powerful resemblance to Apple’s stick-like earphones, and there isn’t any doubt that the market is awash with AirPods knockoffs. However OnePlus is a widely known model, and there isn’t any scarcity of different reliable manufacturers that “pay homage” to the shape issue and iconic aesthetic of Apple’s AirPods with their very own true wi-fi earphone choices.
Whether or not the seizure was certainly the results of a cock-up or simply poor communication on CBP’s half, OnePlus has clearly seen the humorous aspect: Its official USA Twitter account replied to the CBP tweet with “Hey, Give these again!” accompanied by an the wrong way up smiley emoji.