Warning over ‘dodgy’ hair clippers sold on eBay and Amazon that can burn or scald – The Sun

BLOKES determined for a haircut are risking an in depth shave after shopping for ‘dodgy’ clippers on web sites together with eBay and Amazon.

Excessive avenue shops reminiscent of Argos, Boots and John Lewis have offered out of clippers resulting from excessive demand as hairdressers stay closed till at the very least July.

Blokes desperate for a haircut are risking a close shave after buying ‘dodgy’ clippers on websites including eBay and Amazon


Blokes determined for a haircut are risking an in depth shave after shopping for ‘dodgy’ clippers on web sites together with eBay and AmazonCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty

However well being and security officers have now issued a warning after dozens of sad clients ended up in a furry state of affairs.

One man claims his dodgy £16 clippers virtually caught hearth, regardless of being branded a ‘Skilled Barbers Set’ on eBay.

The chap stated: “Hearth hazzard [sic]! Purchased with out studying evaluations and out of desperation resulting from lockdown.

“By the tip of the primary all-over lower, [they had become] too scorching to carry and will additionally really feel the warmth on my scalp. Burning scent additionally.”

One eBay buyer said the quality of a hair clipper was "likely to kill people"


One eBay purchaser stated the standard of a hair clipper was “more likely to kill folks”
While another said he could "feel the heat on my scalp"


Whereas one other stated he might “really feel the warmth on my scalp”

One other, who paid 15 quid for his, claimed he might virtually stick his finger on a reside connection.

In a evaluate, the person wrote: “The standard and construct is more likely to kill folks.

“The set i acquired didn’t have a producers title however had a CE mark – NO WAY ought to these be used. because the mains cable, moulded plug (the place you’ll be able to bend the pins), and the poorly assembled housing (if tried you could possibly transfer the components and put your finger on a reside connection) make the product harmful to make use of!”

A 3rd stated: “Make a bizarre noise like they’re about to explode and I’ve simply tried to chop my hair they usually do not even lower, they simply rip chunks of hair out!”

An angry Amazon customer said the hair clippers exploded after five minutes of use


An indignant Amazon buyer stated the hair clippers exploded after 5 minutes of use

Comparable clippers on Amazon, described as ‘Excessive-Efficiency Hair Clipper Trimmer’, are priced at £22.99.

However one buyer warned: “DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!

“I used it for the primary time immediately and After 5 MINUTES of use, whereas my son was chopping my hair the clippers exploded in his hand and began smoking.

“It is a severe hazard and he might have gotten badly damage, even electrocuted.”

The merchandise, that are offered by third get together sellers, is probably not as much as UK security requirements.

Robert Chantry-Worth, lead officer for product security on the Buying and selling Requirements Institute, has warned males to develop their hair slightly than cube with demise by utilizing counterfeit clippers.

Another Amazon shopper said the product was "absolute rubbish"


One other Amazon shopper stated the product was “absolute garbage”

He says: “It is rather regarding to listen to that fairly a variety of clippers purchased on eBay are overheating.

“Many are battery operated that have to be charged on the mains and, in the event that they had been near a towel and overheated whereas on cost, they might catch hearth.

“They’re actually harmful. In the event you reside in a flat they usually caught hearth, we might find yourself with one other Grenfell catastrophe, which may be very worrying certainly.”

Mr Chantry-Worth provides: “Purchase a revered make, reminiscent of Wahl or Remington, a revered provider, reminiscent of Argos or John Lewis.

“And if they’re offered out, there’s a easy reply; don’t go for the dodgy ones.

“It’s finest to simply have longer hair whilst you await them to come back again available on the market.”

Ashley Martin, from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has additionally informed determined Brits to keep away from bogus clippers.

He says: “Verify that your equipment is made to related security requirements, that it’s produced and offered by a producer and retailer that you simply belief, and that you’ve learn evaluations which have been independently verified as real.

“Discontinue use instantly you will have any considerations.”

In the meantime, the charity Electrical Security First has analysed 15 separate listings {of electrical} clippers, hair elimination kits and different magnificence salon gadget on the market on eBay, Amazon and Want.

The charity deemed all of them 15 to be “significantly harmful to the consumer”.

Martyn Allen, technical director for ESF, says: “What we’ve discovered is an instance of third get together sellers placing customers in danger by means of merchandise which might be of specific curiosity right now.

“We might urge customers to solely purchase electrical gadgets from respected retailers and for the Authorities to proceed to offer severe thought to higher regulating on-line marketplaces.”

When contacted by The Solar On-line, an Amazon spokesman confirmed it had eliminated the ‘Excessive-Efficiency Hair Clipper Trimmer’ from sale pending an investigation.

He added: “Security is a prime precedence at Amazon. We require all merchandise supplied in our retailer to adjust to relevant legal guidelines and laws and have developed industry-leading instruments to forestall unsafe or non-compliant merchandise from being listed in our shops.”

A spokesperson for eBay stated: “We’re reviewing these things and can take motion in opposition to any that breach our insurance policies.

“The security of eBay customers is our precedence and we work with organisations world wide together with the EU market surveillance authorities and Buying and selling Requirements.

“If any of those authorities informs us {that a} product is harmful, we ban it on all our marketplaces globally and inform and educate sellers on the ban.

“eBay has measures in place to restrict these kinds of gadgets being listed. Between March 2019 and March 2020, our filters routinely blocked 4 million listings from getting into {the marketplace} on product security grounds.

“We take enforcement motion in opposition to any vendor discovered to be in breach of our insurance policies, which might embody account suspension.”

Want, in the meantime, stated: “The entire retailers on our platform are required to stick to native legal guidelines and security requirements wherever their items are offered.

“Within the uncommon occasion the place a product falls beneath these requirements and ample proof is supplied, we take the suitable motion to take away the gadgets as swiftly as attainable.

“In some circumstances, we additionally apply sanctions to retailers who’ve deliberately circumvented our insurance policies and security requirements.”

Hairdressers will solely open for Brits once more as soon as the UK passes 5 assessments.

Ministers have beforehand feared that hairdressers will have to stay shut for six extra months, as scientists have discovered no protected means for salons to reopen.

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