U.S. customs seize 2,000 OnePlus Buds pairs in hilarious accident

Ruben Fields
September 15, 2020

Unfortunately for CBP, based on the photos it shared, the items are OnePlus Buds, which are a legitimate product.

Late last month, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 2,000 earbuds at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY, but the seizure is rather embarrassing for CBP.

It is, of course, easy to see where the CBP is coming from, and it seems OnePlus "will have many opportunities through the adjudication process to provide evidence that their product does not violate the relevant recorded trademarks".

The tweet linked out to a full press release that bragged its agents took custody of the 2,000 counterfeit Airpods at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport on August 31.

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"CBP Officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis", said Troy Miller, Director of CBP's New York Field Operations.

"If the merchandise were genuine", the press release said, the earphones would be worth $398,000 (£310,000) or $199 a pair. However, OnePlus Buds retail for $79, valuing the entire haul of 2,000 units at $158,000.

The Independent has reached out to OnePlus and US Customers and Border Protection for comment. "Hey, give those back!" the company's US representative tweeted, with an upside-down smiley face emoji. Border Protection's own photos (below), though small and slightly pixelated, clearly show OnePlus branding on the red-and-white packaging, as well as the distinctly shaped carrying case.

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