The following article is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

If you have specific questions regarding a particular item, you should contact a local electronics retailer.

For information on how to purchase electronic goods online, please visit the National Electronic Stores Association’s Electronic Retailer Guide, available at

If purchasing from an online retailer, please be aware that some of their items may be illegal.

For instance, if you are ordering an electronic appliance that has been altered to look like a cell phone, you may be breaking state or federal law by using it as a phone charger.

Also, if the product you are purchasing is a battery charger, you are breaking the law by buying it as part of a package.

If an item has been mislabeled, the seller may be liable for any damage caused by the mislabeling.

For more information, please see the following resources: Electronic Stores and Home Depots: What to Know Before You Buy: