More than three years ago, I was given a present, a Canon IXUS 860 IS digital camera, in Hong Kong. It was, at the time, a somewhat expensive item.
Recently, the rechargeable battery was not holding its charge and even someone who is not savvy with high tech stuff like me knew that the battery probably had to be replaced. This is what the battery looks like:
When I showed the battery to a very good friend of mine, he told me that the battery is not a Canon original. I told him it came with the camera and it must be original. Well, my friend who is more tech savvy than I am told me firmly that he has quite a few Canon digital cameras and what I showed him was definitely not the real deal. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that this friend is also very rich.
Anyway, I was somewhat upset that my present, although given to me three years ago, probably suffered some monkey business at the hands of some dishonest merchant in Hong Kong!
As you can see from the photo above, the original from Canon, which I bought from Canon's showroom at Vivo City recently looks quite different from the battery that came with my camera. Price: S$89.00.
Dishonest merchants are everywhere. I ought to warn my friend in Hong Kong who bought this camera for me not to buy anything from that shop again, wherever they are.