US Customs Seized OnePlus Buds, Claiming They Had been AirPods Knockoffs


While the AirPods were mocked when they were first launched, they have since gone on to become a pretty hot commodity, so much so that many companies have since adopted a similar design and concept. So much so that the US Customs and Border Protection tweeted that they had seized “counterfeit Apple AirPods” from Hong Kong.

The only problem was that the devices they seized weren’t knockoffs. As you can see in the tweet below, these are clearly not AirPods, and neither are they counterfeit products. They are none other than the OnePlus Buds, which are OnePlus’ answer to the Apple AirPods and true wireless earphones.

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CBP officers at JFK Airport recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398K had they been genuine.

Details via @CBPNewYorkCity:

— CBP (@CBP) September 14, 2020

The government agency claims that the 2,000 units seized were worth almost $400,000, which would have been true if these were AirPods. However, given that they are the OnePlus Buds, the seized estimates would have been about $158,000. Some have questioned the seizure since these were clearly marked as a different product.

Hey, give those back! ????

— OnePlus USA (@OnePlus_USA) September 14, 2020

Seize the day. Seize the music. #OnePlusBuds

— OnePlus (@oneplus) September 14, 2020

However, the agency claims that they seized them due to how they allegedly violated Apple’s “configuration trademark”. We’re not sure what OnePlus is doing behind the scenes to attempt to rectify this, but in the meantime, the company’s social media decided to have a bit of fun by posting out a couple of tweets of their own.

Filed in Apple >Audio >Gadgets. Read more about AirPods, Headphones and OnePlus. Source: theverge


Katherine Clark