Shopping

Independent and trusted investigations and guides to your rights when shopping in retail stores and online.

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Selling and trading your things online

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

22 Mar 2012 | 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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Unwanted Christmas gifts

We take a look at Christmas presents that don't hit the mark.

21 Dec 2011 | Our survey finds, a whopping 21% of items purchased as Christmas presents fall short on performance.

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In the dark on interest-free deals

A CHOICE shadow shop of major retailers reveals lack of disclosure of interest rates, fees and conditions.

20 Dec 2011 | CHOICE looked at some interest-free payment offers available with six major retailers, and sent a shadow shopper to the stores.

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Christmas gifts for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

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Christmas gifts for the keen cook

These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.

29 Nov 2011 | CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.

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Excess package

As online shopping takes off, so does the amount of packaging in the system.

24 Nov 2011 | The amount of packaging material in the postal system is piling up as more and more people do their shopping online.

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Christmas gifts for the gadget fan

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

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Christmas gift guide 2011

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

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High postage paid

Why does sending a parcel from Australia cost so much compared with sending it to Australia?

22 Aug 2011 | Australians appear to be paying more than consumers in NZ, the US, UK and further afield for staple services such as international postage.

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Retailer tricks of the trade

Despite the lure of online shopping, bricks-and-mortar stores still have a strong pull on consumers.

2 Aug 2011 | Online shopping is often quicker and cheaper, but bricks-and-mortars retailers have a few tricks that keep us coming back.

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Polls

 
 

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%
 
None of these
  • 45 votes

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