site. Energy Safety audited sellers of things like cellphone chargers and plug adapters.
That's fines averaging over $1,400 per person. But proving just how stupid some people can be...The government agency found 90% of professional traders on the popular auction website
failed to establish the safety of the products they were selling. A further 70% could not
produce any evidence that their products were safe.
Energy Safety subsequently cracked down on 23 users by dishing out fines totaling $33,000.
A further 15 traders were warned.
Within a fortnight of issuing fines and warnings to 38 TradeMe members selling chargers and
power supplies, Energy Safety found five were already back selling the same products.
And TM appear to have a new person heading Trust & Safety.
Trade Me trust and safety head Jon Duffy said users found selling unsafe or untested goods would
be warned or banned from the site.
"We don't want Trade Me to be seen as the place to sell dodgy electrical goods."
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