Just a note to point out that FastTech has removed "UltraFire" wrappers from their site.
I sent FastTech a memo about my concern and got this reply:
*Your “UltraFire” branded battery wrappers have been noticed by the flashlight forums. Carrying this product calls into question the integrity of FastTech. Forum members are now questioning what could be hidden beneath the wrapper of the Panasonic and Sanyo branded batteries they have just purchased from FastTech.
I do not believe that the minor profit realized by selling this product can outweigh the damage it is doing to FastTechs reputation.**
Reply From FastTech:
Thanks for reminding.
We've removed the item from our website already, we will also pay more attention on this.
Thanks again for your kind reminder, we really appreciate it.
This simple act of FastTech means they are conscious of customer feedback and is sign of a business with good social responsibility awareness… My hat’s off to FastTech. You are fast becoming the darling of online shoppers.
If they are to become the best electronics retailer that operate from China, then one thing that can totally blow their reputation is selling counterfeit items or parts that could help to make up such items.
Battery wrappers being one of such items.
Im glad they removed it, if they want to play fair and be legit, there was no other way for them but to remove such item.
The few times I’ve done business with FastTech, I’ve been pleased. That said, doing the right thing after the fact still means you didn’t do the right thing. And don’t anyone say that maybe they didn’t realize what they were selling - they knew exactly what they were selling. Cutter, Mouser, Digikey, Illumination supply, etc. would not have had those sleeves on their website to begin with.
This speaks well of FasTech and the point of not being the one that sells counterfeits is important. There is still a problem product on their site. I am letting them know about it to see what they will do. It is not a flashlight or battery.
They are a Chinese company. Different ethics, different beliefs, different business practices. They have no obligation to follow our practices. There’s a whole world out there, everyone’s different. What is wrong for some, is right for others. The fact that they did take them down at least shows that they do respond to customers. “Neither the twain shall meet” comes to mind when dealing with China. If their ethics do not fit ours, then simply don’t use them.