The growth of counterfeiting in consumer electronics

Counterfeiting in the consumer electronics industry has become a common affair. From LED’s to music systems, washing machines to steam irons and many other products are being counterfeited. Fake consumer electronics has become an issue for both consumers and manufacturers.

According to the Hindu “The present size of counterfeit products in India is five per cent of the overall market size and growing at a rate almost double of that of genuine products which are worth over Rs. 2,500 crores and is likely to grow to Rs. 5,600 crores in next year,”

As per experts, these counterfeit electronics contain notoriously high levels of lead, cadmium and chlorine. Counterfeit electronics are sold because the margins are very high and profit revenues generated are huge. Not only this, counterfeiting also supports child labour and terrorism.

The counterfeit electronics before entering the market do not undergo stringent safety testing and therefore, there are high chances of them functioning abnormally.

The counterfeit parts used in electronics can be anything from wires, chips, semiconductor devices, circuits etc. Any faulty part in the product can lead to serious damages to the device and to the users.

Recently, there have been many cases of fires and blasts due to counterfeit mobile phones, batteries, microwave ovens and other daily utility electrical appliances.

When one uses a counterfeit electronic, they should remember they are not only putting their lives at risk but also of people around them. Counterfeited Electricals can cause physical, material and financial damage to great extents.

The most important step to prevent the purchase of counterfeit electronics is that one should always purchase articles from authorized dealers with a proper bill. On using the product for a few days, if you feel something is wrong, return it immediately or get it exchanged before it can do severe damages.