Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

December 5, 2008 -

Customs officials in the UK have cautioned consumers regarding the appearance of counterfeit Nintendo DS and DS Lite systems on the market.

As reported by pocketgamer uk, hundreds have been seized already. Most were purchased from Asian websites which advertised "genuine Nintendo products."

Beyond the fact that the systems aren't the geniune article, officials report that some are packaged with faulty electric adaptors which could catch fire.

Pamela Rogers, head of IP enforcement for HM Revenue & Customs, commented:

UK consumers must be vigilant when purchasing goods online. Buy from a reputable or regulated site and, if purchasing from outside the UK or a new website, research the site – check all the facts before you buy.

 

At best, these consoles would have led to disappointment on Christmas morning; at worst, they could have caused serious harm or injury. Counterfeit goods also cause considerable damage the UK economy by undermining genuine UK retailers and small businesses who are honest and abide by the rules.

While game publishers group ELSPA lauded the seizures, pocketgamer had a bit of a whinge over its perception that industry-generated system shortages may drive frustrated parents to look beyond normal retail channels for their holiday shopping:

It's hard not to raise a cynical eyebrow... ELSPA's comments actually highlight a difficulty that these console-shopping parents – who typically aren't as aware what they're buying in a jargon-saturated market – suffer from when manufacturers continually imply, and even are accused of deliberately causing, product shortages on the run up to Christmas.

When a website offers a solution that Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and others are unwilling to provide, it's hard to blame those parents for taking the chance at not disappointing their kids come Christmas morning.

Keeping a diligent eye peeled is always good advice, of course – we just recommend that eye is sometimes turned towards those big companies who appear to indirectly support the piracy industry through their own greed and attempts to play the consumers against the retailers. There, we've said it.


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Re: Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

Wow, the best part of this story is where it almost tries to justify people being careless in order to meet the demands of their children. What a world we live in.

Honestly, as gamers, don't we try to help our non-gaming friends when they ask for it? I know I help friends shop for their kids all the time.

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Re: Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

I wonder when the time will come when used hardware or non re "uncertfied" hardware  will become "infringment"... Of corse this case is something real and bad for all involved but corperate stupidty knows no bounds.


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Re: Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

There is no DS shortage.

And this is a further lesson of, "If it's the price is too good to be true, then it probably isn't."

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Okay, I've got a funny story about counterfeits.

My friend was buying an AIMPOINT Reddot scope, and found one (From CHINA) for 45 dollars.  He thought it was a bargain, and I was sure it was crap.  Sure enough, he got it and it was a chinese knock-off, couldn't be adjusted, and was overall of poor quality.  Of course, he spent 80 dollars on it all told (S&H), which made it even funnier to me.

Re: Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

Ya but I agree with the ELSPA, I put some of the blame on the company, like Nintendo. Lately they have been so underproducing game systems, i don't know what to think. The idea that the Wii has been out for 2 years and it is still hard to find in stores is ridiculous. The DS had been out quite a while and when I tried to buy one for my sister I couldn't track down a new one (I wasnt about to gift her a used one) for MONTHS and it had already been out for 2 years also. I just don't understand Nintendo these days.

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I don't understand perceptions of a DS shortage. I see them every time I go to a retailer. Any Retailer.

As for the Wii. That is a whole other ball game. They can't just magically open a new factory and start increasing production. They have to be sure that opening a new factory will not be added overhead once supply catches demand. If the cost of opening the new factory out weigh the benefit of catching up with demand, they will not open it and deal with what they have.

But they have been increasing the rate of supply. I believe when the Wii first came out, they were selling around 200k a month in the US and stripping the supply. Now they are selling around 400k a month and still stripping supply. Pretty soon demand will peak and supply will catch up. I have a feeling that after the holidays, demand will slow to a point where you will be able to just walk in anywhere and find a few.

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Re: Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

 Yeah I finally actually saw a wii in a store but DS's I doubt the cause for buying a fraud has anything to do with shortage it probably more has to do with the fake cost a crap load less.

Re: Brits Seize Counterfeit DS Systems

I agree, the Wii is hard to find (but Blockbuster seems to have them sometimes).  I don't see how you can't find a DS though.  I see DS's in walmart all the time, and I have 2 myself.

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I'd feel cheap if I gave somebody a fake DS for Christmas.

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