The alarming popularity of Apple AirPods are taking the world in a storm. It has clearly led to an increase in the number of counterfeit headphones entering the global market from Asia. Moreover, the US Customs and Border Protection cracked down on the import of counterfeit headsets. Also we come across the released statistics about their interesting seizures.
Apple released the original AirPods in 2016. Since then the wireless earbuds market has achieved great success. Unfortunately, some dubious merchants try to enrich themselves by illegal means. Moreover, at the expense of others by selling counterfeit products of expensive wireless earbuds. Statistics released by the U.S. customs agency confirm this worrying trend. And it keeps increasing in an alarmingly high rate.
According to a report by The Information, 360,000 wireless headsets have been seized at US border checkpoints since October 2020. If they enter the market, the value of these products will exceed $ 62 million. The amount of property seized in fiscal 2021 surpassed the record number in fiscal 2020 in just nine months. The statistics further show concrete details. We see that after the launch of Apple AirPods, the number of professionals seized by US Customs skyrocketed in 2019. Amazon sells for $ 197. That year, the value of all seized wireless headphones was more that we ever thought, around $ 3.3 million.
As a result, the value of all confiscated counterfeit earphones has doubled twenty-fold in just three years. However, the agency did not provide specific model information of the affected headphones. But most of the counterfeit products are likely to be replicas of Apple’s most expensive AirPods and AirPods Pro.