Customs and Border Protection (CBP officers working at the Port of Houston have seized thousands of counterfeit Apple AirPods and Nintendo video game consoles ahead of Christmas.
The shipment of counterfeit electronics is said to have a national value of over $ 2.6 million and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of over $ 6.5 million, had they been genuine, according to the agency.
Officers found the counterfeits in a shipment of goods from China, which was selected for inspection. When they opened the shipment, they discovered suspected fake AirPod packages, an opinion that was confirmed after being reviewed by CBP electronics import specialists.
Following the verdict, CBP seized the shipment containing 50,000 fake AirPods and 920 fake Nintendo video game consoles for intellectual property rights (IPR) and trademark infringement.
Based on images provided by CBP, the fakes appear to be Apple AirPods 2 lookalikes, rather than direct copies, and. They are available in different colors, while Apple devices are only available in white. At the time of writing, similar models were widely available for sale online for as low as $ 10-20.
In fiscal 2020, CBP officers seized more than 3,000 consumer electronics devices with an MSRP of over $ 162 million.