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Shoppers warned against ‘fake and cheap’ gadgets that can kill

Published On: Thu, Dec 8th, 2011 | Tech Business | By BioNews

A consumer group investigating fake items in the market has warned that cheap, counterfeit consoles and other electrical goods flooding in from the Far East could kill a person.

Consumer group Which? found that dodgy wiring on bogus Nintendo Wiis could electrocute a child, while fake iPhones, laptops and Nintendo DSi handhelds were at risk of overheating.

Worryingly, sellers are even using reputable websites like Amazon and eBay to offload duff must-have gadgets and designer items.

“Don’t be tempted to buy fake goods this Christmas. Some of the products we tested weren’t just poor quality, they were dangerous,” the Mirror quoted Which? executive director Richard Lloyd as saying.

“Toys, jewellery, alcohol and cigarettes might look the part, too, but could be toxic,” Trading Standards Institute chief exec Ron Gainsford added.

Amazon and eBay have said that they were working closely with big brands and trading standards to stamp out fakes on their sites, and would ban anyone found selling them.

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