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Fake Britain 24/06/13

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    Posted by Professor Digital (U15772410) on Monday, 24th June 2013

    It was interesting to see the amount of 'fake' chargers there are especially for iPhones. The fault I believe falls with the major companies like Apple who charge ridiculous prices for the accessories. If the sold them at a fair price then people would not be so tempted to buy the fakes. Even after your program how many people are going to choose to pay £25 for a charger from Apple or £2.99 from a shop or online? Manufacturers need to have a strong look at their massive profit margins. Can they ever make enough money? It is their greed that is putting people at risk!

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Monday, 24th June 2013

    Interesting - I think many companies price themselves out of the market too. I suppose they would come back with all the time invested in product development etc costs a fortune.

    I always reckon if you price reasonably you will sell more than if you make products out of most people's reaches.

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    Posted by st3ph3n (U13643748) on Monday, 24th June 2013

    Interesting - I think many companies price themselves out of the market too. I suppose they would come back with all the time invested in product development etc costs a fortune.

    I always reckon if you price reasonably you will sell more than if you make products out of most people's reaches. 
    Same argument applies to the price of ink cartridges for printers.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Monday, 24th June 2013

    How about one generic charger for all phones etc, something that was mooted to be happening across a range of electrical goods.
    It probably got shelved as it would hit profits.

    There really is no excuse for all the individual and different types of charger that seems to come with every piece of electrical equipment nowadays.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Harris (U15203245) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    I agree - although the program highlighted safety issues on the sample "fake" goods, they didn't show the same tests being applied to the authentic items. The fan that the lady bought was not labelled as a "Dyson" so difficult to see how that is a "fake". Also did not demonstrate the difference in price between the wedding dresses and the differences in materials etc. As far as the chargers were concerned, again did not show the difference between the authentic charger and the "fake" one. Did not show the Trading Standards staff in a very good light in their effort to trace the source of the fake chargers. The shopkeeper says he bought them from an unknown person over the counter and as it happens his total stock of 3 or 4 are under the counter and readily produced. Seems a bit "iffy" to me and not much effort shown in trying to identify the "source".

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Same argument applies to the price of ink cartridges for printers. 

    What is charged for printer catridges must the one of the biggst rip offs:

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    visual.ly/printer-in...

    www.news.com.au/mone...

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    Posted by sweetspanishfly (U6119839) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Whilst I agree that the dangerous items should be cleared from the market, I think the program was getting a little mixed up with 'Fake' and 'Compatible'.

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    Posted by Hampton Owl (U12068729) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    How about one generic charger for all phones etc, something that was mooted to be happening across a range of electrical goods.
    It probably got shelved as it would hit profits.

    There really is no excuse for all the individual and different types of charger that seems to come with every piece of electrical equipment nowadays.

    smiley - friedegg 
    I'm sure I read that the mobile phone manufacturing companies had agreed to have a generic charger that fits all their phones.This was a while ago though and I do not know what became of it.

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    Posted by BooBoo2 (U1168789) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    When I saw that Matt Alwright was presenting the programme my heart sank. I expected Mr Comedy to torture us with his wisecrack delivery but, to my pleasant surprise, and despite a twing of stupidity with the Dyson fans, he managed restrained himself. There was throughout a buttock clenching tension in expectation he might surrender to his failed aspirations of comedy but thankfully this did not materialise. Perhaps he could now adopt the same delivery on Watchdog? Here's hoping..........


    But for every word of praise........ did they really need to break-up the Dyson story to retain viewers?

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    Posted by st3ph3n (U13643748) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    A similar thing happened to us. My wife uses Braun hair-tongs which work from a small gas cartridge that heats the wand. They have stopped making the cartridge as new models are different now.
    She bought some from Ebay which were described as " refills for Braun tongs". When they arrived, they fitted but didn't work and did not have the Braun name.
    I had to explain to her that they were NOT Braun refills (brand-name). The wording implies that they are Braun but they are not.

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