OnePlus Buds seized as ‘fake’ Apple AirPods, Twitter users have a blast


LOS ANGELES – US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has seized thousands of what it said were “counterfeit” Apple Airpods at a JFK International Airport cargo facility recently.

The only problem? The wireless earbuds were actually clearly branded as OnePlus Buds, a popular China-based brand for budget smartphones and tech accessories.

The CBP said the seized shipment of 2,000 earbuds, which came from Hong Kong, should have been valued at $398,000 “had it been genuine”.

The tweet was met with derision from those familiar with OnePlus, whose products are also sold in the US.

However, the CBP on Monday defended its move, saying its import specialist “determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark”.

“A company does not have to put an ‘Apple’ wordmark or design on their products to violate these trademarks,” it added in a statement.

It is believed that CBP will hold the OnePlus Buds for up to 30 days before the courts will eventually decide if Apple’s trademark has been infringed upon.

Meanwhile, Twitter users were having field day with comments on CBP’s tweet. Here’s what some of them had to say.







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