Buying Electrical Appliances
Overseas on eBay or Other Similar Sites
you are about to purchase is a specialised piece of equipment,
either for your profession or home use. What you should consider
before commiting to such a purchase is:
• Is this item for home or bussiness use or both
• How often will it be used and by whom.
• Australian made, home made, or imported
• New or second hand
• Availability of parts
• Longevity and durability
• Cost (value for money)
• Warranties and guarantees ( Where do I go if it is faulty
or breaks down).
• Resale value
But it’s also important not to overlook safety. Any
other electrical appliance, that
if it has been
deemed acceptable for Australian Standardsdoes not necessarily
its approved by the Electrical Safety Authority for use in Australia.
This particularly applies when purchasing some machines directly from
overseas, and if an advertised electrical item seems too good to be
then its probably worth looking into further.
* Buying from somewhere Overseas -
Buying within Australia is safer and there are more protections in
place. However, issues are now cropping up where consumers within
Australia are buying electrical items from overseas through websites or
online auction sites such as ebay.com.au.
In some cases overseas
products that are claimed to comply with Australian Standards actually
do and the purchaser is satisfied. If the item is safe and in working
order and complies with our standards it is fine to use it and enjoy
hatching with it. It is, however, a case of 'Buyer Beware.' Ask
the seller for proof of compliance to Australian Electrical Saftey
Standards and if no proof available DO NOT BUY THE ITEM.
When dealing with internationally based companies, you may not be
protected by Australian law. It is important that you read any
contractual terms that apply to your purchase, and ask the seller what
policies or procedures they have in place if things go wrong. Product
standards in the country of manufacture may be different to Australia
and there is always some risk that the item will arrive in an unusable
If a purchaser in Australia receives
an electrical item that is
non-compliant, it is illegal to plug it in even if it is in working
condition. It may be unsafe. You can communicate with the
seller in an
effort to have the appliance changed or returned, but that may not be
You can take the incubator to a local registered technician
who can check the unit over, effect any necessary changes and tag the
unit as compliant with Australian Standards.
A basic check and tag
might cost between $20 and $50, but cost of any changes would be
additional to that.
So by the time
you buy that cheap unit from overseas, it might turn out not so cheap
after all as you may have to spend a considerable amount of money on
making your purchase safe for use in Australia.
is not only illegal to purchase a
non-compliant electrical item, it would
then be illegal to sell it to anyone else. In addition, if you
and a fire or other accident resulted, your insurance would be void.
* Buying inside Australia is the safest option
* Buy products compliant with Australian Standards
* Preferably buy products labelled as such
* If buying overseas, check the 'Buying from Overseas' Tips Below
* Ask for proof that your product is Australian Standards compliant
* Consult with an expert if you are not sure