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Social shopping network to beat 'Oz tax'

Local crowdsourced startup Cuzin aims to help consumers get around geoblocks.

11 Dec 2014 | A community of buyers and sellers will alert other users to savings and sales from all around the world.

Movie Release Dates 2

Government's anti-piracy plan to hit all internet users where it hurts

Do you want to foot the bill for a dud policy? Anti-piracy laws could leave you out of pocket as your internet bill goes up.

10 Dec 2014 | If the government introduces its planned “anti-piracy” policies to protect big business, you’ll end up paying the cost via higher internet charges. If you disagree with this and want affordable internet, sign our petition.

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The good, the bad and the Financial System Inquiry

What's in the Financial System Inquiry for consumers?

10 Dec 2014 | The inquiry's final report recommends some strong consumer protections, but it falls short in a few key areas.

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CHOICE survey shows most pirates are willing to pay

High prices and lack of access continue to drive illegal downloads.

9 Dec 2014 | Most Australians don't download, stream or watch pirated TV shows or movies, but about a third of us have illegally downloaded or streamed content online.

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Honey not on the money

Importer fined for selling fake Australian honey.

5 Dec 2014 | 'Hi Honey' importer pays penalty to ACCC for passing off Turkish sugar syrup as Australian honey.

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Petrol price cycle project launched by ACCC

Prices can vary as much as 30 cents per litre in Sydney and Melbourne.

3 Dec 2014 | Following a dramatic drop in wholesale fuel prices, the ACCC has launched a new initiative to help consumers find the cheapest petrol.

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Comparison websites under the microscope

ACCC releases a report on the industry in Australia

2 Dec 2014 | The ACCC has released a report into comparison websites in Australia.

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Electricity disconnections on the rise in NSW

Nearly 33,000 households had their electricity disconnected over the past year.

1 Dec 2014 | There's been a marked increase in the number of NSW households being disconnected by electricity retailers, despite laws to protect people experiencing financial hardship.

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Cash back offers in spotlight over compliance concerns

Fair trading bodies uncover problems with 'cash back' offers.

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.

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Aussies lose two digital music services

Samsung and Telstra announce plans within a week of each other to pull the plug on Music Hub and BigPond Music by end of year.

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.

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