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Edison to Bayonet adaptors cannot be sold on Trade Me

Lamp Blog Image Edited

Ladies and gentlemen, today I thought we could all take a moment to appreciate one of the most underrated household items: lamps.

I’m not out to convince anyone, but let me ask you – how great are lamps!?

Steve Carrell sure hit the nail on the head when he delivered that infamous one liner, and I couldn’t agree more.

I love lamp.

But here’s the thing about lamps: lamps, as it turns out, can be dangerous.

You’re kidding, lamps?

I know what a bummer, it was a bit of a wakeup call to me as well to find out that lamps aren’t as perfect as they seem.

Sure we’ve come a long way from the oil burning, genie dispensing kind. And if I’m honest, I never really thought it was worth the risk to rub hot metal with my bare hands (I’m sensible like that).

Nevertheless, certain lamp attachments are still a bit risky.

Let’s talk about conversion

Want to bring that art deco sconce into the 21st century? Well, the good news is you can buy something for that. It’s called a lamp holder adaptor. They serve a very useful purpose, but also fall under Energy Safety regulations.

Here’s the guff:

Old school bayonet to the more modern Edison (screw) light fitting adaptors can legally be sold. However, they will need to have a recognised approval and an SDoC (see more about these on our previous post on SDoCs).

The reverse, Edison to bayonet adaptors, cannot be legally sold because they do not comply with the relevant Energy Safety standard in New Zealand.

Yeah, I know, sorry lamp lovers. Bayonets are on the way out.

Think of all those ‘how many ____ does it take to screw in a lightbulb?’ jokes you couldn’t make if we went back to those dark days though. Tragic.

You’ve lost me, where does the Genie come in?

If you’re selling an adaptor that converts bayonet fittings to Edison (screw) fittings, and have the recognised approval and SDoC to back it up – you’re good to go.

If you don’t meet that criteria, best not to try and sell them on the site or in New Zealand for that matter.

Consumer Power!

Consumerman -purchase -woman

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Consumer Protection team has launched a new campaign that will empower consumers to buy and transact with confidence.

Trade Me totally supports and welcomes consumer heroes, Consumer Man and Purchase Woman!

Take it away Consumer Protection:

‘Together, our caped crusaders will help deliver our public information programmes - guiding consumers to help and information: whether identifying that they have a consumer protection issue, equipping them with the information they need to take action, and assisting them to resolve common issues.

New Zealanders are often unaware of their consumer rights and don’t have the confidence or knowledge to know how to deal with problems.

The first campaign will inform on what to do when you bought a faulty product or service and how to buy safe online.’

By knowing your consumer rights you can manage tricky situations like:

Check out this introductory video from featuring Purchase Woman and Consumer Man!

This campaign is not a one off shot in the dark but a sustained programme to ensure that all New Zealand’s consumers, including Trade Me users, are fully able and armed to exercise their consumer rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act.

You’ll see Consumer Man and Purchase Woman featuring in print and digital ads and on social media with general messages about consumer awareness, as well as more targeted advice in specific areas like buying a motor vehicle, understanding the Consumer Guarantees Act and identifying frauds and scams.

10 online safety tips on Safer Internet Day 2017

tips to stay safe online

Do you remember the days of internet dial up when the modem would screech as it connected to your ISP and you would be ‘going online’?

20-odd years later, we’re now always online. Our phones send information about where we are, to goodness knows who, and our video game consoles check in with the ‘mothership’ every day.

Being more connected than ever means everyday New Zealanders are exposed to websites, apps and technology that exist solely to take advantage of us. Sophisticated online attacks on your money, data or identity are, frustratingly, becoming the norm.

To help promote Safer Internet Day, we were stoked to contribute to Netsafe’s ‘Stay Safe Online’ Reference Guide which features a whole bunch of tips and tricks to keep you and your family safe online.

Here are 10 of the best:

  1. On social media sites like Facebook, restrict public access to your profile and be careful accepting friend requests from people you don’t know.
  2. Make your passwords long and include phrases and a mix of letters and numerals. Use a different password for your accounts.
  3. Don’t share your passwords; even with ‘trusted’ friends.
  4. When your operating system seeks permission to update itself, let it. Software companies are often doing fixes to close off any loop-holes.
  5. If you feel like you’re being bullied online, Netsafe provides a service to get help with stopping abuse and harassment.
  6. If you ever need to use a public computer, make sure you log out of your accounts. You wouldn’t leave your purse in your drive way –always log out of your internet banking!
  7. If you’re making online shopping purchases, never send money overseas by instant money transfer services like Western Union.
  8. Ask yourself, who are you buying from? Are they reputable with an established history? Do they have good feedback?
  9. Be wary what you choose to post online. Do you want your mum to read it? Consider how other people may use what you post. Have you shared private details of another person?
  10. Keep up with what your young ones are doing online. Sites like YouTube and Facebook have settings for young folks to help shield them from adult content. 

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