The 2010 Shonky Awards

Once again, we name and shame the shonkiest rip-offs and scams.
 
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01 .The shonkiest products

With the Shonkys now in its fifth year, the contenders for the gongs continue to roll in. While you’d think most companies would be doing their best to keep their heads low and travel the well-worn path of the straight and narrow, it sometimes seems they’re begging for a lemon gong.

The number of companies charging customers for the privilege of paying – when you’re charged for using a credit card, yet no other form of payment is accepted  – seems to be growing. And those mobile phone companies offering ‘capped’ plans where you pay more than the cap have also flown under the Shonky radar (just) – ditto those $50 printers that can cost thousands of dollars to run over a couple of years. So, as they say in the media circus, on with the show!

Read CEO Nick Stace's blog about today's event.

Video: Shonkys 2010 – Award Show Highlights

Highlights from this year's Shonky Awards, where we highlight some of the worst offenders for 2010.



Shonky fornurofen pain in the hip pocket...

Nurofen

Got a headache? Backache? Neck ache? A trip to your pharmacy or supermarket reveals there are specific painkillers for all sorts of pains: back pain, tension headache pain, migraine pain, period pain, osteoarthritis pain, neck pain, little toe pain … Panadol has a few pain-specific products, but Nurofen has more, with a range of caplets for migraine, back, tension headache and period pain. Yet a closer look at the ingredients shows they’re identical from product to product.

So does the back pain version somehow magically go straight to your back – and only your back – as soon as you’ve swallowed it? Could you, say, choose to treat only your back pain while keeping your headache? If you want to treat both, do you need to take a dose of each? The answers are no, no and definitely no. When you take these painkillers, the active ingredient spreads through your whole body, attacking whatever pain it comes across, wherever it is. Filling up your medicine cabinet with different painkillers for every type of pain is unnecessary, not to mention wasteful, should they expire before you’ve used them all. But the shonkiest aspect of this type of marketing is that the fast-acting painkillers labelled for specific pain types are more expensive – costing almost twice as much in some stores we surveyed – than their “all-pain” fast-acting equivalent, Zavance caplets, which contains a comparable fast-acting form of ibuprofen. Our advice? Stick with Zavance – and see your doctor if pain persists. See the video.

 

Shonky forrope hanging by a thread...

Medalist

With rock climbing all the rage these days, these colourful braided ropes look very much like proper climbing ropes to many people. However, if one reader’s experience is anything to go by, they’re anything but.

Leo Riters’ nephew bought such a rope to hang from his oak tree for his young sons to climb on. One day it simply snapped, dropping a surprised child a couple of metres. It turns out the braided exterior hides the tissue-like filaments of the interior, which couldn’t really be expected to carry much weight.

There are several brands of this sort of rope, but we’ve given the Shonky to Medalist because it specifically recommends “outdoor recreational use” on its packaging – and what could be more recreational than monkeying around in an old oak tree? See the video.

 

Shonky forolive_oill being only a little bit virgin...

(Some) olive oil Brands

CHOICE tested 28 brands of extra virgin olive oil this year and found half were not as ... well, virgin, as they should be. The majority of the least chaste came from Italy and Spain, and even supposing they’d left their respective countries with their virtue intact, their cherries had been well and truly popped before they made it into our shopping trolley.

Some manufacturers vigorously defended the goodness of their progeny, presenting all manner of documentation to prove their integrity and ultimately blaming poor storage for the corruption uncovered. But the fact remains that consumers aren’t always getting true extra virgin quality at the point of sale, despite paying a premium.

A voluntary standard is currently being drafted, and while this is a step in the right direction, CHOICE wants “extra virgin” to be regulated under the Food Standards Code, with mandatory requirements that all olive oils labelled “extra virgin” meet basic purity and quality standards for the duration of their expected shelf life, as well as carry a suitable date so that consumers are able to choose the freshest oils.

Unless or until that happens, though, a consumer’s best bet for finding a true virgin is to go for the home-grown oils.

 

Shonky forwrist_band stronger, bendier, dumber...

Power Balance

With some reluctance, we highlight the inherent shonkiness of the Power Balance bracelet – reluctance, because when Australian Skeptics demonstrated on Today Tonight that it patently didn’t do anything, subsequent sales skyrocketed: apparently any publicity is good publicity after all.

The Power Balance band is basically a rubber band bracelet with a plastic hologram in it. Sorry – a “surgical grade silicone wristband” embedded with a hologram “based on the idea of optimizing the body’s natural energy flow, similar to concepts behind many Eastern philosophies. The hologram is designed to respond to the natural energy field of the body. The Mylar material at the core has been treated with energy waves at specific frequencies…” etc, etc. All this, and backed by a money-back guarantee.

But seriously: “surgical”, “specific frequencies”, “Mylar”, “Eastern philosophies”… What’s not to believe?

We CHOICE sceptics did our own testing under controlled laboratory conditions – after all, you can’t believe everything you see on TV – and verified the Skeptics’ findings. The money-back guarantee, however, did work. The only power this bracelet seems to have, placebo effect notwithstanding, is in tipping its distributor’s bank balance well and truly into the black – they’re reportedly raking it in. So, if a fool and his money are soon parted, there are apparently plenty of fools out there – and they’re all conveniently identified with a rubber band bracelet. If you see one, offer to sell them a bridge.

This just in: the ACCC exposes Power Balance as fake.  

 
 

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21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

     

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    2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

       

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      3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

         

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        4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

           

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          4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
          I do not regret spending it.

             

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            4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

               

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              5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

              I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
              http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

              The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

              Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                 

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                21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                   

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                  2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                     

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                    3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                       

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                      4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                         

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                        4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                        I do not regret spending it.

                           

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                          4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                             

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                            5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                            I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                            http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                            The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                            Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                               

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                              21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                 

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                                2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                   

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                                  3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                     

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                                    4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                       

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                                      4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                      I do not regret spending it.

                                         

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                                        4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                           

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                                          5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                          I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                          http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                          The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                          Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                             

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                                            21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                               

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                                              2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                                 

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                                                3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                                   

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                                                  4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                                     

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                                                    4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                                    I do not regret spending it.

                                                       

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                                                      4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                                         

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                                                        5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                                        I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                                        http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                                        The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                                        Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                                           

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                                                          21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                                             

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                                                            2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                                               

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                                                              3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                                                 

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                                                                4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                                                   

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                                                                  4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                                                  I do not regret spending it.

                                                                     

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                                                                    4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                                                       

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                                                                      5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                                                      I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                                                      http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                                                      The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                                                      Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                                                         

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