11 May 2010

Consumer warning over stereo systems being sold from trucks and boots of cars

THE office of Fair Trading has warned south-east Queensland consumers to be wary of traders selling stereo equipment off the back of a truck or from the boot of cars.

State Member for Mt Ommaney, Julie Attwood said recent reports indicated a large shipment of poor quality audio visual equipment had arrived in Brisbane.

"OFT believe the goods are made in China, shipped into Sydney or Melbourne and then brought into Queensland from interstate which makes it hard to determine exactly where the shipments are coming from," Mrs Attwood said.

"It's believed this equipment has been falsely labelled using authentic brand names such as ProTechnik, Deutsch Akustik, Oracle, Icon and Pro-Optics, but in reality the systems are low-grade imitations.

"These traders are also putting $3000 and $4000 price tags on their merchandise and then offering to sell them at supposedly discounted rates, when the real value of the products is very low."

Mrs Attwood said Fair Trading inspectors occasionally received reports of stereo equipment being sold in shopping centre car parks around Queensland.

"These transactions have a very literal 'off the back of a truck' feel about them," Mrs Attwood said.

Anyone concerned should contact the Office of Fair Trading on 3115 1783.

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