U.S. Customs is seizing a record number of fake AirPods
What you need to know
- U.S. Customs is seizing a record number of fake AirPods this year.
- The agency has confiscated over 360,000 counterfeit wireless headphones over 9 months.
- The value of the headphones has surpassed $62 million.
Fake AirPods have always been on the market since Apple launched the wireless earbuds back in 2016. However, U.S. Customs has never seen the level of counterfeits being shipped into the country as it has in the last nine months.
As reported by The Information (opens in new tab), over 360,000 fake wireless headphones have been seized in the last nine months with a total value of over $62 million. The agency says that, in comparison, it had only seized about $3.3 million worth of counterfeit headphones just a coupld of years ago.
Apple's AirPods quickly became the most popular wireless headphones in the entire headphone market soon after they launched. Today, Apple's AirPods line is so sucessful that it would be a Fortune 100 company if it was a separate company from Apple itself.
The AirPods lineup now includes the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and recently released AirPods Max over-ear headphones. The company is expected to reveal the next generation of AirPods later this year.
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