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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Consumer

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# greek visit
Pope asks young people to resist ‘consumerist sirens’ as he ends Greece visit
He finished his five day trip to Greece and Cyprus today.
# Hot air
Ireland signs letter to European Commission calling for airlines to be allowed refund passengers with vouchers
A joint letter has called on the commission to temporarily change the law around airline refunds.
# Homelessness
Disney Store wants security gate at Grafton Street shop to prevent homeless sleepers
An application for installing the gates was lodged in October by The Disney Store Ltd.
# Consumer rights
House of Fraser won't be honouring or reissuing Irish gift cards (but it is reissuing British ones)
This is despite House of Fraser saying in August that gift cards could be replaced with the full value being honoured.
# Consumer
Dublin dad says family holiday in jeopardy due to 'misinformation' and delays getting baby's passport
Neil Curran says he was told different things by An Post and Passport Service.
# doors open
Going to the shops? Many stores and supermarkets are now open
Limited opening hours for some major supermarkets and local shops.
# Confidence
Irish shoppers more optimistic after bargain hunting in post-Christmas sales
“The survey may not be signalling a return of the boom but it does suggest a marked easing in gloom.”
# no spend
'We have to get a grip as a society': Could you stop buying clothes for a year?
We talk to a woman who did just that – and a woman who embraces the zero waste and minimalist lifestyles.
# fallback
What are you entitled to if a delivery company loses your stuff?
In light of last week’s raid on a Parcel Motel depot in west Dublin, we ask what customers of delivery services are entitled to when things go awry in transit.
# Consumer rights
Inspector says 'an awful lot' of bouncy castles haven't been safety-checked
Bouncy castles are one of many holiday-related items people are being warned to ensure they are safety-certified.
# sponsored by Consumer Help
Is your money going up in smoke? Here’s how you could save on your mortgage
It’s worth taking a look…
# feeling good
Irish consumers haven't felt this good for 10 years
The figures from the ESRI and KBC Bank Ireland show consumer sentiment at its highest point for ten years.
# the recession
Here's why poorer families were hardest hit by post-Celtic Tiger inflation
Inflation for low income households was above the average rate during the recession.
# smells grand
Irish shoppers like buying stuff that's about to go off...
Over a third of us visit supermarkets at the end of the day to seek discounts on products that are at the end of their shelf life.
# Up In Smoke
Are you burning money on car insurance? Premiums have shot up recently
The AA say they’ve gone up by more this year than any time in a decade.
# favourites
What's top of your county's shopping list?
Tesco has found what items pop up more in certain counties.
# total recall
Volkswagen recalls 1,256 cars in Ireland
If you have a Volkswagen Polo 1,2 TDI, you should definitely read this.
# baaaaa
Don't like lamb? Over €7 million is being spent to convince you otherwise
Sheep meat consumption and production has been down 20% in the last 14 years.
# wallet ninja
This 20-year-old inventor owns a Chinese factory
He’s the founder of Vante Toys.
# website warning
Booking a test or visa online? Don't get stung by an unofficial website
There has been a rise in complaints about unofficial websites offering tests or even travel visas.
# Dodgy Car Salesman
Car salesman convicted for selling previously-crashed, dangerous vehicles
He will be sentenced later this year.
# budget 2015
Let's bring in tax cuts worth €400 million, says business group
The ‘fear factor’ that that has long gripped consumers is now easing, says IBEC. The business group says the time is right to bring in a raft of tax cuts.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever made an official complaint about a company?
Over 56,000 complaints were made to the National Consumer Agency alone. Do you kick up a fuss when you’re not happy with a service?
# On Demand
Irish Netflix users: you could be in for another price hike
The video on demand giant has seen record revenues after a successful jump in prices for US subscribers.
# Cash down
The average Irish saver has over €20,000 on deposit
Despite large sums in the bank, many depositors aren’t earning a lot through interest.
# Lidl bit classy
Lidl will soon be stocking wine for €39.99 - but what can you usually buy there for that much?
The budget supermarket is going after wine snobs from this September.
Voices
Opinion: SALE! Why does this one word cause all logic to go out the window?
I can’t go into town at the moment. Don’t trust myself. It’s too dangerous.
# Going Green
We bought five times more electric cars this year...
…but don’t get too excited – that’s still only 124 out of 62,280.
# new kid in town
Confirmed: Carphone Warehouse will be the next mobile operator in Ireland
The operator has been selected to run a mobile network after competitions concerns following Three’s takeover of 02.
# On The Dotted Line
Consumer agency wants to make contracts fairer
Have you a contract that automatically renews or has unequal obligations? Then you should read this.
# Percentage Pint
Learning, cigarettes and alcohol: they're all getting pricier
Don’t fret, you’re going to pay less for clothes and food.
# Money Money Money
Ouch, my wallet: Prices went up by 0.5 per cent last month alone
Clothes and shoes went up by almost 6 per cent alone.
# running errands
"Cathedrals of consumption": A history of shopping in Ireland
A series of lectures and an exhibition will outline Ireland’s consumer cravings from Georgian Dublin to modern-day neon shopfronts.
# trendwatching
How to catch the consumer eye in 2014
Trendwatching.com has released 6 trends it reckons all businesses need to know
# Shopping
Today will be the busiest online mobile shopping day of 2013
A new survey revealed 22 per cent of Irish people are shopping from a mobile or smartphone for Christmas this year.
# new frills
Ryanair publishes complaints email address after NCA action
The carrier confirmed yesterday it was dropping a court action challenging the agency’s order.
# Money
Wexford Town to stop using 1c and 2c coins today
The rounding trial runs until November and the project is being run by the Central Bank.
# Consumers
Switching providers can save money - so why don't more do it?
People who switch providers can save an average of €15- €20 a month, said the National Consumer Agency.
Voices
Column: Does celebrity marketing actually work?
Hiring celebrities as spokespeople can create a lot of exposure for brands and stars alike. With all that added value, Judi Uhuegbu asks – do famous faces really sway our buying behaviour?
# Your Say
Poll: Have you been sold fake goods online?
A new report says that the number of fake products seized in Northern Ireland has rocketed in just one year.