Perhaps, a little inconvenient but if purchased through eBay, the buyer has considerable protection. More often than not, a seller will simply refund your money as it's not worth their while getting involved in returns, especially if it's under £10.bitman wrote:simple if it isn't working then i'm back at Halfords and they will sort you out. wish you lot of luck with your Chinese seller somewhere far east
Halfords and Maplin etc, are useful but as this thread was originally about poor QC and cheap Chinese products, I don't see how these stores are any better in that respect as that's exactly where their stuff comes from.
A point of fact, two years ago, I purchased a trolly jack from Halfords and it failed on me on its very first use. Luckily, it didn't damage me or the car but it didn't last a crack and I remember it was made in China so just because you buy from a local store, doesn't mean you get a good product.
Grant you, I know you can just go back to the store and argue the toss with them instead of email etc.