Customs Officials Warn About Counterfeit Consoles

Customs Officials Warn About Counterfeit Consoles

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UK customs officials have warned consumers to be on their guard after seizing hundreds of potentially dangerous Nintendo handhelds.

Shoppers in the UK thought they were getting a great deal when they purchased Nintendo DS and DS Lites online for less than half the normal price. The deal has turned out to be rather too good to be true however, as the goods turned out to be poorly made fakes, which may potentially pose a fire threat.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers say that they have seized hundreds of units shipped with dangerous power adaptors, which apparently can get hot enough to melt the plastic casing on the wires or even catch fire.

HMRC officials advised consumers to exercise caution when buying electronics over the internet. Pamela Rogers, HMRC's head of property rights, suggested consumers "Buy from a reputable or regulated site, and if purchasing from outside the UK or a new website research the site, check all the facts before you buy."

Consumers who have received counterfeit goods are advised to contact either the company that sold them the goods or their local Trading Standards office.

Source: BBC

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Id be surprised if alot of customers genuinely didnt realise there was something dodgy about buying a DS so cheap. Sadly fakes are getting so good these days I wont be all that surprised when dodgy goods like these start showing up in highstreet electronic stores. Its already happening with other products

What idiot buys a cheep DS? Just buy it from a store or use one of the big websites, how is that so hard?

AHM GONNA GIT A DEAL CAUSE DEESE GUYS HAVE A FACTORY CONNECTION AN DEN IT FELL OFF THE BACK OF A TRUCK!

No, your going to lose your credit card information. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

TsunamiWombat:
What idiot buys a cheep DS? Just buy it from a store or use one of the big websites, how is that so hard?

AHM GONNA GIT A DEAL CAUSE DEESE GUYS HAVE A FACTORY CONNECTION AN DEN IT FELL OFF THE BACK OF A TRUCK!

No, your going to lose your credit card information. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

QFT

TsunamiWombat:
What idiot buys a cheep DS? Just buy it from a store or use one of the big websites, how is that so hard?

AHM GONNA GIT A DEAL CAUSE DEESE GUYS HAVE A FACTORY CONNECTION AN DEN IT FELL OFF THE BACK OF A TRUCK!

No, your going to lose your credit card information. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

We ought to hit these people with mallets. That'd teach 'em. Plus, how "fake" exactly? I mean you could have asked the seller "Why is it made of foam?"

" Tugs nervously at collar. , Save on weight?"

"-.....- OK, I'll take four."

Delta4845:
Not my Vii!!!

Yeah, China did that. It's how we roll.

Speaking of which, whilst in Shanghai I stopped by a game store and bought four Xbox games for 32RMB (which is about five bucks for Australians). Imagine my lack of surprise when none of them worked.

Was your surprise like this? -__________-

 

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