Electronics retailer fined for false description

An electronics retail shop was convicted and fined $5000 on Wednesday at Eastern Magistrates’ Court for supplying an alarm clock with a false trade description, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

The fine followed an earlier conviction and fine of $10,000 for the electronics supplier the retailer sourced the product from, on May 24.

Hong Kong Customs earlier received information alleging that an electronics retail shop claimed a type of alarm clock it sold via an online trading platform offered options of self-selected music, radio channel programmes and a buzzer as a wake-up alarm.

Investigation revealed that the supplier in the case claimed the function in the course of trade. However, the alarm clock did not have the function, which is different from the declared trade description.

Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO. Any person who supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business, or is in possession of any goods for sale with a false trade description, commits an offence.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.


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