The panorama: Counterfeit wireless headphones from China are becoming a big problem, with US Customs seizing a shipment of 5,000 fake AirPods and another 1,372 fake AirPods Pro in five shipments that were inspected on July 7. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg – so far In 2021, the number of counterfeit wireless headphones seized at customs exceeded 360,000 units, which is expected to double the previous year’s figure.
Combined, the fake AirPods and AirPods Pro devices seized this month would have been worth around $ 1.3 million, if they were the real deal, which is what customers who bought these counterfeit products would have expected after all. After inspecting suspicious shipments on July 7, the Centers of Excellence and Experience (CEE) confirmed that the products violated Apple’s trademarks and stated that the shipments were seized a few days later.
Like most counterfeit goods, all five shipments came from the People’s Republic of China – the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) explains online that China remains the leading source of counterfeit and pirated goods.
The popularity of Apple’s AirPods is driving a huge increase in counterfeit wireless earbuds. Information reports that in the first nine months of fiscal year 2021, US Customs seized some 360,000 counterfeit wireless headsets with a retail value of $ 62.2 million.
Compare this to figures from last year, where 295,000 counterfeits with a retail value of $ 61.7 million were seized throughout 2020.
While many of us often hunt for a bargain, it’s easy to see why counterfeit AirPods are particularly easy to fall in love with. These fake earbuds may ship with genuine Apple serial numbers and may even be made from real Apple AirPods molds. Once out of the box, fake AirPods can be paired in the same way that genuine Apple ones do.
Clearly, we can all be more vigilant. To this end, CBP has an online guide designed to help potential customers detect counterfeit products.