Online marketplaces, already seen as convenient and cheap options for buying household goods, increased in popularity last year, with 58% of UK adults saying they would be using them for Christmas shopping, seeing them as an accessible and cost-effective option in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which meant that trips to High Street stores for buying gifts were not an option.
This year, with supply chain issues threatening Christmas deliveries and cautious attitudes towards returning to pre-Covid normality, shoppers are once again looking online in the search for those “must have” Christmas gifts and gadgets. Although we have seen a return to the High Street, marketplaces are still a popular option for what is seen as stress-free shopping, with 35% of UK adults saying they will be using them to buy electrical gifts this Christmas.
However, sellers of counterfeit or sub-standard electrical products exploit online marketplaces for the ease with which they can sell their goods to a mass market – it can be impossible to know what you are actually buying, with no guarantee that the product you receive will be genuine.
Not all fakes are this easy to spot. Find out what you should be looking out for when you’re shopping online: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/spotthefake