Well, this is embarrassing: the Customs and Border Patrol appears to have seized 2,000 OnePlus knobs, thinking they are fake Apple AirPods.
It sounds hard to believe, but a CBP press release (via The Verge) describes the facts quite clearly.
“On August 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 fake Apple Airpod earplugs from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air freight facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the goods were genuine, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) would have been $ 398,000.” it is stated in the press release.
The problem is that the release contains two images of what appears to be genuine OnePlus Buds.
CBP’s caption below one of the images clearly states that these are “fake Apple Airpod Earbuds seized.”
CBP also proudly tweeted the performance with the caption: “That’s not an (Apple emoji).” Erm, no, it obviously is not.
“The eavesdropping of these fake earplugs is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success of our CBP officers every day,” said Troy Miller, director of CBP Field Operations in New York, in a statement.
An error of some kind has clearly been made here. Yes, OnePlus Buds look a lot like Apple’s AirPods, but they are not counterfeit goods. If anything, the buttons shown on CBP’s image may be fake OnePlus Buds, not AirPods. Or has a completely wrong image been used? It’s a mystery.
However, OnePlus has some fun with the situation.
Mashable has contacted CBP to find out more; we will update the post when we hear back.