Counterfeit items are ‘time bombs’



MADINAH: Abdulaziz Al-Enizy

Published — Saturday 9 March 2013

Last update 10 March 2013 2:44 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

The poorly manufactured and unsafe electronic products that have saturated the Saudi market are “time bombs” just waiting to go off, said the western regional director of Mutabaqah — the laboratory testing arm of Saudi Customs.
A study conducted by Mutabaqah, found that 80 percent of electronics available in Saudi markets are “shoddy” and that some 33 percent of home accidents involving electrical appliances yearly are a direct result of the poor quality of these appliances.
Adel Al-Ghamdi, western regional director of Mutabaqah, said that markets are flooded with such unsafe merchandise. He characterized the inundation of low quality and counterfeit products as a by-product of a large and vibrant economy that has led to unscrupulous manufacturers and vendors targeting it.
Electronics is not the only sector affected by poorly manufactured and unsafe products. The proliferation of so-called “two-riyal stores” has led to counterfeit cosmetics and other household items being sold at low prices.
“There is now stiff competition between these stores and the other stores that sell brand names at high prices,” Muhammad Harbi, an economist, told Arab news. “People tend to go to the two-riyal shops because the other stores hiked their prices unreasonably.”
Counterfeit cosmetics, in particular, can present a threat to users, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Food and Drug Administration are coordinating efforts to recall harmful products from discount stores.
Although consumers flock to the discount stores to save money, fake and low-quality products are a drag on the economy. Mutabaqah’s Al-Ghamdi estimated that the local economy loses some SR 41 billion because of shoddy and unsafe merchandise.
“These losses are incurred by everybody involved, but consumers make up the largest percentage of victims by far,” Al-Ghamdi said. “They incur financial loss when they pay for the product, and they are exposed to its hazards when they use it, and are psychologically traumatized after falling victim to it.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

Arab News Editor in Chief Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi hosted a banquet for editors in chief of local print and online publications, Shoura Council members, representative of the Ministry of Culture and Information, prominent writers and columnists in Je...
JEDDAH: Health workers from Riyadh’s National Guard hospital would not be allowed to perform Haj this year, or work at the holy sites, the Ministry of Health has announced.Hail Al-Abdali, head of the ministry’s infection control unit, was reportedly...
JEDDAH: The Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh has introduced new legislative amendments to allow voters to produce a range of identity documents so that they can register for the upcoming elections.Al-Asheikh amended Art...
RIYADH: Construction on the multibillion-riyal Riyadh Metro is well under way with several giant drilling machines working overtime to ensure that underground tunnels for the project are completed on schedule.The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)...
JEDDAH: Officials from the Saudi Ministry of Haj have been holding meetings with their counterparts from Arab and South Asian nations in preparation for this year’s pilgrimage.Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Nafei, assistant deputy minister of Haj and in char...
RIYADH: Four polling stations in Tabuk have stopped registering voters for the Dec. 12 municipal elections in the region.Ibrahim bin Ahmed Al-Ghabban, undersecretary at the Tabuk municipality and member of the local committee for the election of a mu...

Stay Connected

Facebook