The temptation to deal seek can be very strong in all of us – especially if it is our job to get things at the cheapest possible price, or if we are buying things for our own business.

When deal seeking, it is important to always remember to buy from a reputable supplier. If you do not, you could be risking your company’s reputation or putting people in serious danger.

Things that you should be especially wary of are cheap lithium batteries and counterfeit chargers for electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops.

What’s worse, is these cheap products actually look near enough identical to their genuine counterparts. The practice of cheaply reproducing genuine looking devices has become very profitable as people search online, or in their local markets, to get a better deal. These imitation products can cost as little as a third of the price of the genuine product – hence the attractiveness to bargain hunters.

“This week, a father told how his daughter’s iPad charger exploded in his hand giving him a massive electric shock.

  • Tim Gillooley, 34, said he was thrown across the room and left with blackened fingers when he reached down to unplug the device at his mother’s house in Widnes, Cheshire. He believes his eight-year-old daughter Chloe would have been killed had she touched it.
  • The incident in Cheshire comes after two in China, leaving one person dead and another in a coma. Chinese air stewardess Ma Ailun, 23, was reportedly killed by an electric shock in July when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was recharging.
  • Earlier this year in New York, a woman claimed her iPhone 4S spontaneously melted, oozing acid that destroyed the handset. Then in February this year, fire crews in Oregon blamed an apartment blaze on an overheated MacBook battery which had been placed on a mattress. In 2011, two iPhone 4s on opposite sides of the world caught fire and self-combusted.
  • The first happened on a plane over Australia and the second in Brazil when its owner was awakened by the smoking device on his bedside table.”

Source – Daily Mail

This kind of practice could easily get businesses into hot water if their purchasing department or IT Support Company tries to cut costs by ordering items which are cheaper and possibly counterfeit, from suppliers who are not reputable.

At Netstar, we will never order cheap parts or components to increase our own profit margins, and you can always be sure that anything we supply will be the genuine article.

We have been awarded the internationally recognised ISO 9001 accreditation for quality management systems – so you can be sure that every aspect of our business holds up against rigorous and independent quality standards.