All that glitters isn't gold – pitfalls of importing cheap products from low cost production areas
There can be significant risks both to business and to end users when importing products from low cost manufacturing centres, particularly those intended for the consumer market.
Third party testing isn’t mandatory and even when it’s used quality and consistency can vary wildly. Combined with increasing cost and timescale pressures from consumers and retailers we can end up with very cheap, hastily assembled and radically cost reduced products that are barely fit for purpose yet alone safe.
Every year we perform testing and screening checks on thousands of electrical products intended for consumers with many of them failing the basic requirements. Low cost imports may look attractive but you need to be fully aware of the pitfalls that can arise.
Luke Kington, Retail Laboratory Expert at TÜV SÜD Product Service, explains what makes these products dangerous and gives you tips for helping to spot the safe products from the next newspaper headline!
EXPERT PROFILE: Luke Kington
Luke Kington is a Retail Laboratory Expert at TÜV SÜD Product Service. He has over 10 years experience in testing and quality management, previously working for Gold Medal and Great Star