I have been increasing concerned about some very dubious practices I have encountered when trying to buy Genuine batteries on the internet. For example a Genuine Motorola BR50 battery I see is currently for sale on a competitive site for £2.31 including postage, with many more available for under £4. Even with a trade account and buying in quantities of 250 the lowest price I have ever been charged is £4.55 per battery plus VAT, to retail at £9.95. What is particularly worrying is that there is no way of telling a genuine battery from a non- genuine battery. I have spent time discussing the problem with Motorola and they agree. A trawl of the internet and youtube provides some interesting ideas all of which prove both unreliable and contradictory. Why does this matter? A non-genuine battery in full Motorola strip costs around 47p. At best has a dismal standby time and is unreliable. At worse it can over heat and split open - a rare occurrence but a worrying one. I have discovered only one way of sifting fact from fiction and that involves weighing batches of ten with scales more popular with dealers of another commodity.
Spot purchases of other popular batteries have revealed a similar story. My favourite was a battery which claimed to be 650mAh. When opened up it contained a tiny 450mAh hidden in a corner.
On a far more serious note, anyone buying a cheap "Genuine" charger should think carefully before doing so. Below is a picture of a fully branded fake charger that actually exploded.