LAHORE - The sale of cheap and low-graded Chinese power generators have monopolised the local market owing to the unannounced load-shedding, which hit the country during hot and humid weather. The importers and traders, however, are happy with the load-shedding switched on for more than 16 hours by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). Talking to The Nation the power generators traders said that unannounced load-shedding pushed the customers to get the generators at their earliest as these generators are attracting more customers on account of their low prices. The importers estimates that the sales of power generators increased by 54 per cent this season for the reason that these are cheap power generators massively being imported from China with the potential of capturing the biggest part of the market. The Chinese generators have been remarkably improved there quality over the past three years and 'I do not see any trouble from the units being supplied this year," said Shahzad. On the question of quality and to increase sales, some shopkeepers have started offering a six-month extensive guarantee for the 1 KW category of generators. "Four stroke generators that can be converted to gas fuel system too are being sold at the cost of Rs 6,500 to Rs 9,000," said Dilawer Hussain, generator mechanic at Brandth road market. "But I do not see a massive increase in sales of this category of generators as most of the users already have Japanese brands, which are more reliable and known for their good service." High imports in the Brandrth road market have some 55 showrooms and half of them are importers, who are importing the generators from China. This year the number of generators being imported from china has been increased to 40,000 generators. Last year some 15,000 to 20,000 generators were imported from China. The performance of these generators has proved successful, the storeowners say.