Customs Confiscates Counterfeit Ear Buds That Turn Out to Be Real

There’s no doubt that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has a tough job. They are constantly trying to find needles in haystacks as they search cargo for counterfeit and illicit goods.

Recently the agency thought they’d scored a major victory when the found a shipment of 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod earbuds from Hong Kong that, if real, would be worth almost $400,000.

Troy Miller, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, said:

“The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily.”

That statement might be true, but it doesn’t reflect on the CBP in the way Miller would like. As it turns out, the earbuds are a legitimate product offered by the company OnePlus… which is exactly what it says on the box in which they were shipped, and on the product boxes themselves.

OnePlus is a bona fide maker of wireless earbuds which, like many others, offers its product in a case that is similar to Apple’s Airpods. But OnePlus wasn’t trying to fool anyone. The product didn’t say “Apple” anywhere.

When asked about it, CBP tweeted “THAT’S NOT AN APPLE.”

To which the correct response is, “EVERYONE KNOWS THAT, SO WHY DID YOU TAKE THEM?”

At least OnePlus seems to be having fun with it. The company tweeted, “Hey give those back!” and “Seize the Day. Seize the Music.”

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