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That’s Not An Apple: US Customs Mistakes OnePlus Buds For Knock-Off AirPods

In an embarrassing bungle, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized 2000 OnePlus Buds earbuds, mistaking them for “counterfeit” Apple AirPods.

CBP officers confiscated the Nevada-bound shipment from Hong Kong at New York’s JFK airport, claiming in a press release that “had they been genuine”, the earbuds would have been worth $398,000 USD.

“CBP Officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis. The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily,” said Troy Miller, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.

The only problem – while they looked similar to AirPods, these were genuine earbuds: specifically, OnePlus Buds, which retail for $79 USD and were released this year alongside the Chinese manufacturer’s OnePlus Nord smartphone; this makes the actual value of the shipment $158,000 USD.

OnePlus USA was quick to respond to CBP’s tweet announcing the “bust”.


OnePlus Buds retail in Australia for $129, while second-generation AirPods sell for $249.

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