HMRC issue Yuletide warning over Nintendo imitations
Has the bare-chested MILF wrestling begun in HMV yet? Are folk fighting to get their hands on Wii products or not? I've no idea - as a smug and vaguely well organised gentleman I bought mine a month ago, so I haven't had to suffer the meat market of punters shuffling through shopping centres.
A word of warning if you do end up empty handed, or if the credit crunch is leading you to consider a cheaper alternative; HM Revenue & Customs has warned that the numerous counterfeit games consoles in the market fail to meet UK health and safely standards, and that buying such products could be putting consumer's lives in danger.
Hundreds of imported counterfeit Nintendo hardware products were seized at UK freight depots, having been sold from Asian websites as genuine, and were found to have been supplied with "potentially dangerous power adaptors". Crumbs. Remember your youth, when the only risks posed by rogue presents were rusty spikes and lead poisoning? Good times.
"At best, these consoles would have led to disappointment on Christmas morning; at worst, they could have caused serious harm or injury," said HMRC spokesperson Pamela Rogers. But who are these rapscallions attempting to pass off second rate Nintendo imitations? More importantly, what do they look like?
Oh yeah, I remember now.
EDIT: We've just received the following email from someone who wishes to remain anonymous...
"HM Revenue & Customs claiming these are counterfeit and illegal. In fact, they are lying to the public, these are Japanese/Chinese domestic market import Nintendo DS consoles, supplied with an additional UK charger (which might not be tested to UK standards, granted). In fact, parents need only buy a new charger in the UK and be perfectly safe. The ones the BBC and HMRC are claiming are fake, are actually iQue branded Nintendo consoles, designed for the Chinese market.
They are claiming that by buying these, people are funding terrorism. Nothing like a scare story, huh?"
Make of that what you will, although we like the line from HMRC spokesperson Clare Merrills in this story - she says, "When you buy these goods, you're not funding our economy, you're actually funding criminals in these far off places and it could be linked to terrorism."
Ooh, shadowy criminals in far-off places! Must be terrorists then.