If you were to guess one of the worst home hazards for the holiday season- what would you think? Too much egg nogg? Falling off the ladder when decorating the Christmas tree? Spoiling your kids?
And they’re hitting our store shelves at alarming rates. Consumer electronics were the top category of seized goods
by Customs and Border Patrol in 2011, representing one-third of all infringing products (fake purses, DVDs, clothing, etc..).
On the eighth day of counterfeits, we rhymed about how bogus batteries in your electronics could sizzle, malfunction, and ruin your new Christmas present. While batteries are bad, electrical devices are worse. Imagine what would happen if something plugged directly into your home’s electrical system malfunctioned.
These fakes aren’t just duping consumers, they’re tricking store owners as well. With counterfeiters affixing fake safety labels onto complex electrical products, it seems that the best line of defense against this dangerous crime is to shop at well-respected and trusted stores.