While there will be many great memories of 2015, one of the most enduring images or times for many people actually relates to something that happened a long time ago. Or did it? This is because in October of 2015, the day that the Back To The Future films actually went forward to in the future arrived and this meant that there was a great deal of nostalgia. Or present day thinking, it is hard to keep up with the time-travelling element of the day!
Of course, this was an opportunity for quick-thinking companies to promote their goods and services while linking to the day and the film series. Some of the companies who had products featured in the film, such as Pepsi and Nike, made the effort to really connect and engage with their audience. Given that social networking platforms provide businesses with the ideal opportunity to engage and connect with their fan base and customer base these days, there was a genuine opportunity for sales to be made and cool items to be listed.
Who wouldnâ€™t love a hover board?
Sadly though, the one item that most people were looking out for were conspicuous by their absence. There will be a few disappointments that people take from the year 2015 but the biggest let-down may be the fact that hover boards havenâ€™t made it to the general public in the way that the film promised. There are plenty of businesses and innovators who claim that they are not far away from achieving hover board products but by and large, no one has been able to create the sensation of flying and gliding that was achieved in the film.
This is why there will have been double disappointment at the fact that over Â£300,000 worth of dangerous Christmas presents, including a selection of hover boards have been seized at an airport in the United Kingdom.
East Midlands Airport was the airport where the confiscation took place with UK Border staff acting upon instructions that the goods were not safe. This move came on the back of Trading Standards officers deeming cosmetics, toys and jewellery to be unsafe. It was believed that these goods would be sold by online retailers in the run-up to the festive period. All of the goods have now been crushed, just like the way that people hoped we would be using hover boards by now have had their dreams crushed!
Safety has to come first
This seizure forms part of a larger operation which has been carried out by the National Trading Standards Safety team and the UK Border Force officials. Trading Standards have issued instructions and guidelines advising consumers to only buy from known retailers and to make sure that they are buying reliable and reputable goods.
While a lot of people no doubt added hover boards to their Christmas list after seeing the excitement around the Back To The Future films, not every firm who sells these items are able to comply with the safety standards expected in the EU and in the UK.
There has been an increase in the number of electrical goods arriving in the United Kingdom with the National Trading Standards Board saying that many of these items are unsafe. AT this time of year you can see why there is an influx of these items. Businesses want to make a profit and there will be plenty of consumers who cannot afford the big brand names for their Christmas but who will still want to give a great range of gifts to their loved ones.
It is difficult to find the balance at this time of year but unfortunately, safety must always be the most pressing issue and aspect. This is why these bodies have to be vigilant with respect to the products that are being brought into the country.
There will no doubt be some people saying what the harm is but if a child is injured, made ill or is even fatally hurt due to a defect in any of these products, it will be an unbelievable price to pay.
The businesses involved with this trade will no doubt feel aggrieved and they may want to take further action against the professional bodies. However, they could face prosecution themselves. This is why it is best to call on the services of an experienced defence solicitor who has an understanding of working alongside Trading Standards.
Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn’t sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.