Would you buy a pair of AirPods knockoffs that don’t actually play any sound? It sounds crazy (and, frankly, it is), but that’s exactly what one company is selling; cashing in on the fashionable status of Apple’s wireless earbuds.
Fashion e-tailer Asos is selling the $12 “faux headphone earpiece in silver tone” as a piece of jewellery. Because it’s 2019 and this is what people do.
To the credit of the AirPods knockoffs “faux headphone earpiece,” there’s no pretence that they are selling actual earbuds. That makes it quite different from the scams in which, for instance, scam artists sell a brick or some Play-Doh in an iPhone box instead of an actual iPhone.
The AirPods knockoffs are also far from the only company to try and cash in on the success of Apple’s AirPods. Everyone from Samsung to Amazon have debuted their own versions of the AirPods. However, as far as I’m aware this is the only version that is explicitly advertised as being for fashion purposes only.
It’s an interesting reminder of how the AirPods are perceived by some customers. To me (and, presumably, most readers) AirPods are about the sound first and foremost. But for a certain demographic, they’re status symbols — like owning the white EarPods that came with the iPod were back in the day.
With Apple’s fashion ambitions for the Apple Watch having faded, it seems the company has stumbled upon its hot fashion item after all!