Shopping

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One cent and penny auction investigation

We delve into the murky world of one cent or penny auctions.

15 Apr 2014 | CHOICE looks into reports of dodgy dealings in online penny auctions, where you seemingly win items for low prices, but may end up paying more than you bargained for.

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Buying cheaper clothing online

Why pay the Australia tax when shopping online for clothes?

28 Mar 2014 | Blocked from shopping at your favourite overseas online clothes store? There are ways to get around it.

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The problems with ticketing

No matter the event, you’ll likely be slugged a whole lot of extra charges for tickets.

28 Mar 2014 | We investigate the problems associated with buying tickets through agents, cinemas, and from scalpers.

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Wine and coffee mark-ups

Why are you charged so much when you buy your wine in a restaurant or coffee from a cafe?

26 Mar 2014 | When you choose a bottle of wine in a restaurant you could be paying up to 250% more than if you BYO. How do restaurants justify this price hike?

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Fit for purpose?

From swimming costumes you can’t get wet to see-through exercise pants, CHOICE looks at what you can do about products that don’t meet your expectations.

16 Dec 2013 | Consumers buy products that don’t do what they should on a daily basis, so what are your rights when it comes to getting what you paid for?

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The five scams of Christmas

Falling for a scam or trap at Christmas time can dampen your festive cheer. We help you navigate the silly season safely

4 Dec 2013 | Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity to scam consumers out of their money. Scams cost Australians $93m last year, plenty of which targeted holiday shoppers. We take a look at some of the worst offenders.

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Shopping centre design

Ever wondered why you lose track of time and space in a shopping centre?

3 Dec 2013 | CHOICE investigates the tricks of the trade behind shopping centre design, and how these are encourage you to stay longer and shop more.

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Consumer law and extended warranties

Salespeople at Australia’s major electronics retailers have a lot to learn about consumer law.

27 Nov 2013 | A CHOICE shadow shop reveals that sales staff at Australia’s biggest electronics retailers have a limited or no understanding of their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.

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Interest-free shopping offers

We find interest-free deals can slug you with hefty fees.

18 Nov 2013 | Long-term payment deals can cost you hundreds of dollars in fees alone, even if you pay everything off within the interest-free period.

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Sustainable shopping bags

Sticking with your reusable polypropylene bags is the most sustainable choice - the one that makes a difference.

6 Nov 2013 | The latest in the war on plastic.

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Have you used the following payment methods in the past 12 months?

  
15%
 
Interest-free
  
13%
 
Lay-by
  
11%
 
Lay-by and Interest-free
  
60%
 
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