5 Tips to Avoid Counterfeits Only purchase from trusted sources. Check electrical manufacturers’ websites to find authorized retailers and dealers. Only purchase items that have been tested and marked. Only use licensed, insured, and bonded contractors that will stand behind their work. Products and packaging with typos and misspellings have a high likelihood of being counterfeit. […]
Whether you need a replacement or just want an extra phone charger, sometimes it’s tempting to purchase an off-priced option rather than the expensive charger provided by the manufacturer. However, purchasing a bargain charger could have disastrous consequences not just for your phone, but for your safety. With this short video, ESFI and UL are […]
While they may save you money in the short term, you could end up paying a serious price for bargain extension cords. ESFI is reminding consumers to beware of counterfeit electrical products, including extension cords. Be sure to check out our library of resources to help identify and avoid dangerous counterfeit electrical products.
The saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.” should come to mind when you find electrical products that are far below competitor prices. But electrical products are uniquely hazardous when impersonated. They have not undergone testing by an independent laboratory, likely do not comply with industry safety requirements, and since its […]
Jointly produced by ESFI and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), this 8-minute DVD feature contains footage of some examples of dangerous counterfeit electrical products and outlines specific recommendations for manufacturers, distributors, government officials and consumers.
Fighting back starts with awareness. Manufacturers need to make people aware of the issue of counterfeit electrical parts and components, and how serious it really is. Manufacturers have a multi-pronged approach to fighting counterfeiting. But the only way to stop this problem is to make it harder for counterfeit electrical products to enter the supply […]
Counterfeiting is a global problem, and it’s going to require a global solution – and that means governments working together to end counterfeiting and protect the safety and security of their citizens. Every nation needs to be very serious about deterring counterfeiting. Not only because it protects their local industry, but because – most importantly […]
Counterfeits can kill. Practical guidelines and recommended best practices for distributors, suppliers, and installers to ensure compliance with industry standards and protect against counterfeit electrical products. You can make a difference.
Wherever money can be made, you’ll find counterfeit products. Bootleg movies, music, auto parts, electronics, jewelry, clothing and accessories, just to name a few. But now, authorities are busy dealing with a different kind of counterfeiting – counterfeiting that can bring tragedy to unwitting consumers. With alarming regularity, counterfeit electrical products are making their way […]
Counterfeit electrical products are threatening the safety of communities everywhere. These fraudulent devices can cause fires, explosions, shocks, and electrocutions. ESFI offers important tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers posed by counterfeit electrical products. Features anti-counterfeiting expert Frank Abagnale, the subject of Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You […]
Whatever your budget, it’s tempting to purchase less expensive products, including extension cords. Often these below market cords are counterfeit and unsafe. Use these tips from ESFI to help you identify and avoid counterfeit electrical cords.
Whether you need a replacement or just want an extra phone charger, sometimes it’s tempting to purchase an off-priced option rather than the expensive charger provided by the manufacturer. However, purchasing a bargain charger could have disastrous consequences not just for your phone, but for your safety. With this short video, ESFI is reminding consumers […]