By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
Stay clear of cheap fake items coming to a store near you during the holiday festivities as consumer groups are currently investigating many bogus and dangerous items on the market. Fake laptops and iPhones and games like Nintendo DSi handheld and Nintendo Wiis, iPads could actually electrocute those using them as overheating may occur. Websites like eBay and Amazon are inundated with many fake and dangerous items sold by oversees and local companies only interested in a quick buck without any care as to the hazardous effect that their products may present. The products range from cigarettes, alcohol, jewelry and toys as well and the consumer groups are presently working with eBay and Amazon to find the bogus products of their sites and ban them as well from selling them.
It is very easy to fall into the trap of looking for the cheapest yet latest gadget especially during these penny pinching days of the economy but you should really be weary of something that simply looks too good to be true.
This is really dealing with the paramount criminal business in today’s world as organized crime is basically all behind the majority of the bogus and toxic items sold cheaply throughout the world. Trading Standards Institute chief executive Ron Gainsford stated that, “In this difficult economic climate money is tight for many of us, but there could be a high price to pay for bargain presents that aren’t the real deal.” These cheap deals can also put your life at risk as regulation of fake products s hard to come by due to overabundance in volume of fake products and corruption.
Fake cosmetic items like hair straighteners may appear safe to use but the internal components may actually be substandard and ruin ones hair.
“The external appearance and packaging of electrical goods such as chargers and hair straighteners may be copied fairly well, but the internal composition and materials are likely to be substandard and could make the item very dangerous. Similarly toys, jewelry, alcohol and cigarettes might look the part but could turn out to be toxic. So make sure to check and double check what you’re buying and if in doubt ask the store salesman for assistance to verify if what your buying is the real deal.