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Mobility scooters

02 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.  More »

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2009 Bloopers

17 Dec 2009 | Some of the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) highlights from our 2009 CHOICE videos.  More »

Washing machine recall

15 Dec 2009 | See the list of washing machines that are being recalled.  More »

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Maclaren stroller recall in USA

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.  More »

Costco opens in Australia

17 Jul 2009 | Thousands of shoppers were up early to throng the store, about three times the size of a large supermarket, to check out the hype of low prices and unusual product offerings such as grandfather clocks, diamond rings and king crab legs from Russia.  More »

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

03 Jul 2009 | The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.  More »

Beware digital gold diggers

06 Nov 2009 | Unscrupulous types are selling over-priced set-top-boxes door-to-door with empty promises of Government reimbursement.   More »

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

04 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.  More »

Children's snack bars unhealthy

31 Jul 2009 | Children’s snack bars can be as fattening as some chocolate bars, according to new research by Australian parents and a leading nutritionist, who are calling for better food labelling on the snacks.  More »

Phony SMS identity theft scam

23 Nov 2009 | Identity thieves are posing as bank officers to get your personal and financial details via SMS.  More »

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Cash back offers in spotlight over compliance concerns

27 Nov 2014 | Pay $1000, get $100 back. Why not just get a 10% discount? Cash back offers are under fire after a compliance blitz found many with problems.   More »

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Aussies lose two digital music services

27 Nov 2014 | Samsung has announced plans to shut down its Music Hub streaming service, and Telstra will close its downloadable music store, BigPond Music, at the end of 2014.  More »

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Apple gets behind (RED) campaign to fund AIDS research

26 Nov 2014 | Proceeds from the promotion will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.  More »

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Private education and training sector to face Senate inquiry

25 Nov 2014 | Regulator of registered training organisations (RTOs) found only 20% of those audited were fully compliant in 2013-14.  More »

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How many Australians actually watch Netflix?

24 Nov 2014 | New research from CHOICE has found an increasing number of Australians are dodging online geoblocks and purchasing movies and TV shows directly from overseas.  More »

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How trustworthy are Google's Trusted Stores?

21 Nov 2014 | Google offers a free, opt-in purchase protection up to $1000 on purchases made in its Trusted Stores, but what are the caveats?  More »

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UPDATE: senate vote saves FoFA

20 Nov 2014 | In a historic day for consumer protection, senators have indicated they will strike down changes to FoFA that watered down consumer protections against bad financial advice.  More »

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Chemist Warehouse hits spotlight for pricing practices

20 Nov 2014 | Two major pharmacy organisations have referred chemist chain’s pricing practices to the ACCC for assessment.  More »

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Netflix coming to Australia

19 Nov 2014 | Popular on-demand online movie and TV streaming service has finally announced it's launching an Australian and New Zealand service after many months of speculation.  More »

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Does food allergy labelling drive you nuts?

19 Nov 2014 | Precautionary allergen labelling can be confusing and unhelpful. We look at how allergy warnings on food labels can be improved.  More »

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