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#268008 23-Feb-2020 07:03
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took a closer look at the packaging box in photo and realized it was....a fake!  lol

 

 

 

Confirmed by Google:

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new purchase ticks all the right boxes:

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2425735 23-Feb-2020 07:42
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Report this rubbish to Trademe and attempt to get your money back.





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  #2425739 23-Feb-2020 08:27
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One thing that might make it easier is whether the AC adapter is obviously not NZ approved. Fake or not TM do have specific rules about power supplies being NZ approved type not needing adapters.

 
 
 
 


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  #2425742 23-Feb-2020 08:37
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Trademe have buyer protection if goods are not as described -- but, you need to meet several conditions on the purchase too -- they are pretty basic conditions, you could well qualify. 


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  #2425746 23-Feb-2020 08:51
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Does its work and what does it get recognised as ? 

 

 





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  #2425747 23-Feb-2020 08:54
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Where was it bought from?


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  #2425770 23-Feb-2020 09:52
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There’s a few days of these on trademe: https://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/media-streaming/chromecast/auction-2544313426.htm

But it’s not listed as or called a chromecast asides from the photo of the box in the listing.
Was it listed as a chromecast on the listing?

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  #2425777 23-Feb-2020 10:14
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xpd:

 

Does its work and what does it get recognised as ? 

 

 

 

yes and all his google are belong to me


 
 
 
 


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  #2425778 23-Feb-2020 10:20
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The 2544313426 listing describes it as a MiraSCast device that won't play Netflix or Disney apps but the packaging is obviously passing it off as a Chromecast. TM also ban that. For $25 what do you expect, the real deal?

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  #2425781 23-Feb-2020 10:33
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Buying items like Chromecasts from Trade Me is just a fun way of playing russian roulette with your money. You could try to follow up for refund etc, but given how little you would have paid for it, is it really worth your time and effort?

 

I always enjoy looking a fakes. What always amuses me is that they often go to so much technical effort to pull something off, yet fall over at the last hurdle with simple spelling mistakes on the packaging!

 

I didn't realise until recently that some fake watches (Rolex, Omega) are now so good they are almost impossible to tell apart from genuine - they have come a long way from the $7 cheapies you could buy in Hong Kong.


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  #2425825 23-Feb-2020 10:45
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With that TM auction, the first image shows clearly the Netflix logo, so unless you properly read the description.

(Further photos also show “Mac” under the windows logo, and the Mac classic logo with “Windows” under it.

Also, the photos claim no power supply is included.

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  #2425846 23-Feb-2020 12:30
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Clear breach of the Fair Trading Act.
Report and demand a refund.

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  #2425847 23-Feb-2020 12:30
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When you're ready to purchase the real thing (hopefully once you've got your money back), I suggest you keep a look out on 1day for refurb units; at least then you know you'll have a legit product, and an easy returns process if things go wrong.

 

I've bought a few Chromecast Audios from them, as well as a Chromecast Ultra more recently, and they've been fine; Ultra is currently $60, and there are often purchase discounts (eg spend $50 save $10) available to bring it down further. 

 

https://www.1-day.co.nz/s/chromecast

 

 


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  #2425849 23-Feb-2020 12:33
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Only issue with 1 day is they are returns from other markets, so you don't get the actual power brick with the Ethernet port on it. Ive found that once stuck behind a metal TV the wifi is bad enough on them that its really needed to have the Ethernet in order to not have them take forever to start playing things and have glitches all the time on 4k stuff and then fall back to a lousy stream.





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  #2425853 23-Feb-2020 12:35
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Things may have changed; as discussed on another recent thread when I asked a question about this, 1day is supplying at least the Ultra with a split power cable which includes an Ethernet port, and it works perfectly (I have mine hard-wired.)


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