Counterfeit wireless in-ear headphones are being seized at a record number at the U.S. border

The number of wireless in-ear headphones seized by the U.S. border business in 2021 has already exceeded last year’s – report Information. It’s a sign of how eager the manufacturers of these drops want to continue the continued popularity of headphones like Apple’s AirPods as well as Samsung, Jabra, Bose, Sony and other companies.

According to the report, “approximately 360,000 counterfeit wireless headphones, valued at $ 62.2 million, were grabbed in the first nine months of 2021. That’s well over 295,000 pairs that were seized for the entire 2020 tax year. Just yesterday, US Customs and Border Control reported a large seizure In Cincinnati.

About 80 percent of counterfeits entering the United States come from China, and their manufacturers see a huge opportunity: Strategy analysis predicted global sales of Bluetooth headsets to exceed 300 million by 2020, and the actual wireless in-ear headset market grew by 90 percent. Apple still has a dominant market share lead, even though the crowded field has been cut into this dominant position. Research firm Canalys estimates that Apple took at least $ 16 billion from AirPods sales last year Information report. The introduction of the AirPods Pro in 2019 allowed fraudsters to try to raise even more money from unknown buyers.

Seized AirPod fakes.
Picture: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

OnePlus had to deal with an awkward dispute last September after U.S. Customs and Border Security seized the shipment from the company’s in-ear headphones and described them as fake AirPods. There are design differences between the two, but the blatant AirPod clones are getting closer to the real thing.

Some counterfeit in-ear headphones are suspected to have been created “using genuine molds stolen from factories working with Apple.” Others can mimic the AirPod pairing process on iPhone and display the correct Apple serial number. But even in these situations, there are still subtle reports (such as the wrong firmware version) that expose the product to fraud.

Highlighting potential security risks, Apple says it has a global effort to tackle the problem of interruptions and is working with law enforcement and e-commerce sites to prevent customers from cheating whenever possible.

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