Happy Christmas Shopping – but please take care!
The Christmas shopping season is well underway with Monday (‘Mega Monday’ as
it’s widely known) being the busiest day of the year for online purchases, with
tens of thousands of pounds being spent every minute.
For those of you who haven’t started your Christmas shopping as yet, plan on doing the bulk of it online and have an electrical item in mind as being the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, Home of the House Proud would just like to remind you to exercise caution when buying from unknown sources on the internet, especially if the source is outside of the EU. There are a lot of products from outside of the EU that not designed to be used in Europe and do not meet European safety standard as a result.
In a recent BBC article, an industry safety body says as many as one in ten items bought online can result in a fire (especially from outside of the EU) and highlights some of the things that you should look out for when you’re shopping for electrical goods, these are outlined below:
- Companies with a ‘.co.uk’ suffix may not be based in the UK, make sure that you can find a postal address for the website before you commit to making a purchase
- Try not to be drawn into cheap deals – there are always some great bargains to be had from trusted retailers, but if you see a very good deal and you know little about the retailer, make sure you do your research before committing to buy
- Stick to purchasing brands that you’ve heard of, if you’ve not heard of
the brand, make sure you do a little research using a search
You can read the original BBC article here