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Deceptive walkie-talkie range claims ripping off buyers...

Postby m0lsx » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:43 pm

http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/news/opinion/columnists/you-and-the-law-deceptive-walkie-talkie-range-claims-ripping/article_0552f89c-855d-11e3-8ed0-0019bb2963f4.html


Have you purchased a pair of walkie-talkies which claimed in bold, large print on the package a range of anywhere from 6 to 50 miles, taken them home, charged the batteries and then discovered that these radios barely let you talk a couple of blocks from your house?


In our legal opinion and the opinion of telecommunications experts from England and the U.S. who we have interviewed, a massive — and hugely profitable — fraud is being waged, industrywide, by manufacturers of consumer two-way radios.


A statement can be technically correct, yet still misleading, when it implies far more about a product’s performance than the typical user would realistically see, leaving a false impression which leads to a buying decision.


Only one manufacturer would speak with us, but when asked, “Why, with your 5-watt commercial radios using correct length antennas do you not make range claims?” at first there was silence.

And then, static.
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