In the nine months to July, U.S. customs officers seized a false value of $ 62.2 million AirPods and other forged wireless connections according to the data he obtained Information. About 360,000 units were seized during that period. The agency said seizures of counterfeit wireless headphones have increased by 50 percent in the last five years “because products like Apple AirPods have gained popularity.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 295,000 sets of counterfeit headphones worth $ 61.7 million during the government’s previous fiscal year (starting in October), and more counterfeit headphones appear to be flooding the U.S. market than ever before. The value of the fake headphones seized by agents in 2019 was relatively small at $ 3.3 million.
These numbers are probably just a drop in the ocean compared to the number of fake ones dragging across borders. It’s almost impossible to know the exact numbers, but estimates by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2016 suggest officials seize only 2.5 percent of counterfeit goods worldwide.
Given this assessment, Information suggests that counterfeit AirPods alone could cost Apple billions in lost sales in the U.S. this year, assuming customers would otherwise pick up the original models. Customs agents are fake AirPods on at least a dozen occasions across the U.S. in recent years. The products seized in four of those seizures would have been worth about $ 13 million had they been genuine Apple products, officials said.
There are, of course, other brands that counterfeiters copy, and it’s not clear what percentage of fake headphones are confiscated by customs agents only from AirPods. Counterfeit headphones aren’t exactly new, but if they have heavy attack numbers, it’s emphasized how ubiquitous they are. So again, when even customs agents believe , the scope of the problem may not be too clear though.
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