Shopping

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

Spectacles

Spectacles buying guide

A price war has broken out in the optical industry. CHOICE’s shadow shop will help you assess your next pair of specs – and save plenty.

2 Jul 2010 | Our price guide takes you through the confusing array of extras and options to explain exactly what you need to look for when shopping for specs.

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Bottleshop prices

Australia's liquor market is dominated by Coles and Woolies, demolishing competition and squeezing out the smaller players.

31 May 2010 | See our CHOICE price comparison of wine, beer and spirit prices at a number of different outlets.

Clive Peeters

Lessons from the Clive Peeters collapse

How you pay for goods will often determine whether you get your purchases when a company goes under.

28 May 2010 | Consumer Action Law Centre warns customers against buying goods from Clive Peeters unless they take them away on the day.

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CHOICE 50th anniversary

See the changing face of CHOICE over 50 years, as we roll back the decades.

23 Mar 2010 | From the sixties through to the noughties, CHOICE TV captures all the highlights.

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Know your rights

We look at nine common scenarios and show you how to assert your rights.

12 Jan 2010 | What can you do when you know you’re getting a raw deal, but don't know what to do about it? Read on.

Weddings investigation

Weddings - at what price?

Our investigation confirms higher quotes go hand in hand with the W-word.

10 Dec 2009 | This year Australian couples are expected to spend an estimated $3.7 billion on their big day - but can you be sure you're paying what you should?

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Best online shopping sites

CHOICE members nominate their favourite virtual stores.

10 Nov 2009 | We save you time and effort by bringing you a list of the best online sites for books and CDS, clothes, electronics, as well as as cosmetics and fragrances.

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Hidden fees in phone cards

CHOICE uncovers the hidden traps with international prepaid phone cards and what their blaring posters don’t tell you.

25 Sep 2009 | Extra costs, such as “service” fees that gobble up credit even when you’re not making calls are often not advertised on the posters or phone cards.

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Advertising tricks revealed

CHOICE reveals the latest tricks companies use to catch our attention and open our wallets.

26 Mar 2009 | In an average day – commuting to work, buying a coffee, exercising and so on – you’ll likely be exposed to as many as 5000 advertising messages.

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Cashbacks not always a good deal

Getting a partial refund for big ticket items may sound great, but not everyone is smiling.

13 Dec 2008 | Retail and manufacturing marketing execs are certainly onto a winner with cashback schemes, but consumer benefit is not as guaranteed.

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

  
14%
 
Interest-free
  
12%
 
Lay-by
  
10%
 
Lay-by and Interest-free
  
61%
 
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