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Counterfeit electronics pose a safety threat

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posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 06:36 PM

ConsumerMan: Are holiday lights a hazard?
Counterfeit electronics pose a safety threat, especially around the holidays
By Herb Weisbaum
updated 4:11 p.m. ET, Wed., Dec . 2, 2009

All counterfeit products are illegal. But counterfeit electronics are not just illegal, they are dangerous.

“These things can kill you,” says Brett Brenner, president of the Electrical Safety Foundation, an industry-funded organization based in Roslyn, Va. "A counterfeit purse or a CD isn't going to hurt you. But a counterfeit electrical product will hurt you.”

The danger with these copy cat electrical items isn’t obvious. In many cases they look just like the original. But because they are not made to the same standards and are not tested for safety, they might start a fire or electrocute someone.

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I had not heard of this. Buy safe, be safe.

posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 06:40 PM
Had a friend who bought what he thought was a first line stereo amplifier. It was a counterfeit. His house burned to the ground cause by a short circuit in that amp. No one was injured but he is not alone. Others have been killed and seriously injured by these knock offs. Electrocutions and fires are quite common!


posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 09:53 PM
I was trying to find the parts to build a custom charger for a old battery system a few years ago and found many of the companies that sold electronics parts for home project builders have gone out of business because they could no longer trust there suppliers.

Even many ham radio operators are finding they can not trust the internet for parts to repair the ham radios.

The strangest one i have seen was one a ham operator found when he tried to repair a old tube ham radio(emp proof)
He got a new tube and installed it only to find the tube did not glow like the original one. it did not even get warm but the radio worked.

He found someone had hollowed out the Bakelite base of the tube and put in modern IC electronics.(not EMP proof)

90% of the fake electronics parts come from china and many electronics repair shops have gone out of business because they can no longer get repair parts because of all the fake repair parts being sold.

Never trust FleaBay as they are the biggest source of these fake parts.

Maybe because they crack down on many counterfeit products that people try to get there old ones repaired and find you have a whole new set of counterfeiters.

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