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Lowest price and price-match guarantees

A “lowest price guarantee” isn't necessarily good for your bottom line.

1 Sep 2014 | In many cases, a lowest-price guarantee isn't actually guaranteeing the lowest price.

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The cost of weddings

Do higher quotes go hand in hand with couples planning to wed?

28 Aug 2014 | CHOICE investigates if couples planning a wedding get quoted higher prices than other consumers, for exactly the same thing.

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Unit pricing rules not always followed

Consumers need to look closely to get the best deal.

14 Jul 2014 | Tricky packaging and labelling are a big part of how businesses sell products these days. Unit pricing is supposed to help you look past the marketing to compare prices and find the best value for money.

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Discount diva: how to live it up for less

One CHOICE journalist makes her dollars go further.

2 Jul 2014 | Want to save money while still enjoying the finer things in life? CHOICE journalist Zoya Sheftalovich is a discount queen for a week.

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Selling and trading your things online

Check out this CHOICE guide to selling, giving or swapping.

4 Jun 2014 | We've all got stuff we no longer want, need or use taking up space around the house. So how do you get the most of your useless junk?

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Buying cheaper clothing online

Why pay the Australia tax when shopping online for clothes?

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

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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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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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