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FAKE PRODUCT - WARNING
on 11 November 2011
I bought 3 of these.
TWO were fulfilled by AMAZON themselves, if I only bought one I would not be any the wiser, other to think it was a foreign one, it looked like a real one, but Hong Kong code version (see below).
The first thing that made me suspicious was there was no CE safety mark on the item, nor on the box, but as it had the Hong Kong code, I was annoyed it was not made for the UK, but as a lower cost slightly would have put up with it, as Amazon would have had to guaranteed them.
BUT when I opened the 2nd, it had the identical serial number!
I rang Sony; they said it was definitely a fake. I rang Amazon, they were useless, had to contact several times, only said send it back for a refund. The problem being, by then they had increased in price and as they would not just replace, I had to pay more for the new ones I required. That was really unacceptable as they had send out dodgy counterfeit goods. Amazon didn't care either they were fake, returned in the end for a full refund and bought elsewhere.
The 3rd came from a Marketplace seller. This one was a genuine Sony, which was good, but had a unfortunately had a code of: CECHZC2H - which the last H means it is made for Hong Kong (should have an E on the end for Europe/UK) - it works fine, but Sony said no guarantee in the UK if it goes wrong, other than through the seller themselves, which was a small seller on Amazon, so hope it doesn't go wrong!
This one also did not have the CE safety approval label on it like the UK ones do, although I'm sure as it is Sony made it is ok, it is still illegal to sell it in Europe without the safety CE label. The CE means that the electrical components and battery when charged will not blow up or injure you etc, as they are tested and approved by the maker before sale to the specification for safety in an EU directive. In Hong Kong, they do not have those rules, so even larger Companies do not have to conform to those rules when they sell in those Countries, hence why grey imports like these are not good, and at least should not be mixed in with genuine UK ones, who can tell which are which by these listings!
My suggestion ensure from the Company you are buying from (email them and wait for a reply!) that the item is designed for EUROPE/UK and has code CECHZC2E - and if buying more than one, check the serial numbers are not identical! (You won't know it's a fake of course if you only buy one, as the package looks identical to the genuine ones, really well copied fakes)