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Shonkys 2017

Presenting the 2017 Shonky Awards! We name and shame this year's shonkiest companies and products, including Viagogo, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mazda, Samsung and Westpac.

Since 2006, CHOICE has sought to uncover the dodgy, lowdown and often dastardly behaviour of businesses to give them the endowment that nobody wants to receive – a Shonky Award.

To qualify for this prestigious award, a product must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Flaws, faults or failed a standard
  • Lack of transparency
  • False claims or broken promises
  • Consumer detriment or confusion
  • Poor value for money
  • Has the propensity to outrage or amuse

From misleading conduct and deceptively confusing claims to selling outright unsafe products, there are many ways to earn a Shonky. But there's one thing all our 'winners' have in common: they're trying to get one up on Australian consumers. And that's something we won't stand for.   

Shonkys 2017 winners

viagogo ticketing
Viagogo

The Shonky Award for... Dodgy practices that tick off consumers

westpac bump savings account
Westpac Bump Savings

The Shonky Award for... Targeting unborn babies with a bad deal

samsung washer dryer
Samsung washer dryer

The Shonky Award for... A $3000 waste of time and water

pain erazor
Pain Erazor

The Shonky Award for... Dubious pain-relief claims

vitagummies kidsmart vitamins
Vitamin Gummies

The Shonky Award for... Claiming vitamin lollies are good for kids’ teeth

coles complete cat food can
Coles Complete Cuisine

The Shonky Award for... Poorly labelled treats that could harm your cat

cuddly sensitive fabric softener
Cuddly Sensitive fabric softener

The Shonky Award for... Performing worse than water while costing 3000 times more

car manufacturers airbag
Honda Toyota Lexus BMW Mazda

The Shonky Award for... Repeatedly failing to disclose a safety device that can actually kill you

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