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Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity for the unscrupulous to scam consumers caught up in the festive spending spree. Last year, scams cost Australians $93m, plenty of which targeted holiday shoppers. We take a look at some of the worst offenders.
Two common scams involve e-greeting cards and parcels – things that may not seem suspicious when you’re in a festive mood.
(**Reported to WA Scamnet Christmas 2012)
8 Mar 2013
The fundraising industry says personalised pens, pad, and address labels are an effective marketing ploy for inspiring generosity, but potential donors tell a different story.
12 Sep 2013
Knock-off products are no longer easily identified by misspelled logos and shoddy craftsmanship. While the quality of counterfeit products appears to be improving, the counterfeiters are also getting smarter at marketing their products.
6 Nov 2013
Watch for short expiry dates if you're tempted by the convenience of a gift card.
4 Nov 2010
Buying direct from the charity is often a better way to get your money direct to the good cause.
9 Dec 2006
We recently asked CHOICE subscribers to rate how useful - or not - the small electrical appliances they own are.
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