- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials seized the OnePlus Buds.
- He claimed that the audio accessories were counterfeit Apple AirPods.
We’ve seen many versions of true wireless headphones in recent years, following in the footsteps of Apple’s AirPods. Some companies have looked a bit too much like the appearance of the Apple product, and it looks like this could have had some unintended consequences for OnePlus and its OnePlus Buds.
The United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued a press release late last week announcing that it had seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods at New York City’s JFK Airport. The shipment was from Hong Kong and authorities said they were valued at $ 398,000 “if they had been genuine” AirPods.
The only problem is that the images attached to the CBP announcement and the following tweet show that the earbuds seized are in fact OnePlus Buds, which are genuine, legitimate wireless earbuds. Check out the manufacturer’s announcement and reaction below.
Hey, give them back! 🙃
– OnePlus USA (@OnePlus_USA) September 14, 2020
It’s a shame CBP didn’t realize that the OnePlus Buds were a legitimate product from a top brand, as a few seconds from Google would have shown. But that perhaps highlights the problem with AirPods clones, suggesting that the average consumer might not be able to tell the difference by comparing actual products side by side.
OnePlus isn’t the only culprit in this regard, as several other top brands also offer true wireless earbuds that look a lot like Apple’s AirPods. So I hope we will see more original designs from all of these companies in the future.
We reached out to CBP for comment on the seizure, while reaching out to OnePlus for more. We will update the article if / when both come back to us.
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