The U.S. Customs and Border Protection put out a press release on Friday:
On August 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the merchandise were genuine, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $398,000.
“CBP Officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis,” said Troy Miller, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily.”
This is amazing for everyone involved. The CBP looks silly for siezing what they thought were counterfeit products, but in fact were legitimate headphones from one of the biggest up-and-comers in the US smartphone market.
And OnePlus looks really bad for making a product so clearly ripping off AirPods that they are getting a government agency to try to block them coming into the country because they so obviously look like AirPods knock offs.