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#Consumers

# consumers - Monday 24 March, 2014

Majority believe minimum pricing of alcohol won't curb consumption levels
# Survey Says
# Survey Says

Majority believe minimum pricing of alcohol won't curb consumption levels

Mar 24th 2014, 4:47 PM 8,476 Views 42 Comments

Only 22 per cent of those surveyed for Checkout Magazine believe minimum pricing of alcohol will impact on the level of those drinking.

# consumers - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

All the hellish stages you go through when calling Customer Service
# Call Me Maybe
From The Daily Edge
# Call Me Maybe

All the hellish stages you go through when calling Customer Service

Mar 19th 2014, 9:30 PM 21,593 Views 53 Comments

Who knew it could be so hard to speak to another human being?

# consumers - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Shopfronts of Dublin: a very lovely photo project indeed
# Some Front
# Some Front

Shopfronts of Dublin: a very lovely photo project indeed

Mar 4th 2014, 5:20 PM 36,701 Views 33 Comments

Independent stores, and the way they make you feel.

# consumers - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Open thread: How do YOU save money on banking fees?
# Consumers
# Consumers

Open thread: How do YOU save money on banking fees?

Feb 22nd 2014, 9:45 AM 10,247 Views 35 Comments

Did you switch banks, or do you take out large sums of money in one go? Tell us your tips.

# consumers - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Car salesman convicted for selling 'clocked' car
# Consumer Protection
# Consumer Protection

Car salesman convicted for selling 'clocked' car

Jan 22nd 2014, 7:20 AM 20,695 Views 31 Comments

The National Consumer Agency also issued compliance notices to Ryanair and Aer Lingus for failing to provide an email address on their website.

# consumers - Monday 20 January, 2014

Tesco's market share fell over Christmas while discount retailers saw a boost
# Supermarkets
# Supermarkets

Tesco's market share fell over Christmas while discount retailers saw a boost

Jan 20th 2014, 1:29 PM 9,797 Views 44 Comments

Supervalu attracted 40,000 more households over the festive period, helping it to push its market share above 20 per cent.

# consumers - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Thomas Cook Irish closure could impact on prices say travel agents
# Thomas Cook
# Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook Irish closure could impact on prices say travel agents

Jan 16th 2014, 6:37 PM 8,473 Views 23 Comments

The ITAA say that a reduction in capacity and an increase in demand will result from the closure and have encouraged travellers to seek best prices.

# consumers - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Apple to refund parents of children who bought Apps without them knowing
# Apple
# Apple

Apple to refund parents of children who bought Apps without them knowing

Jan 15th 2014, 10:02 PM 12,739 Views 32 Comments

The US Federal Trade Commission says that at least $32.5 million will be repaid to US customers after the children bough Apps without parent’s knowledge.

# consumers - Monday 13 January, 2014

More people are saving, but not because they think it's a good time to do so
# Saving
# Saving

More people are saving, but not because they think it's a good time to do so

Jan 13th 2014, 2:22 PM 13,424 Views 30 Comments

Despite an increasing in savings, attitudes towards it would seem to be contradictory with only 24 per cent of people believing that “now is a good time to save”.

# consumers - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Irish people optimistic about the economy...but not their own lives
# Survey
# Survey

Irish people optimistic about the economy...but not their own lives

Dec 28th 2013, 7:30 AM 9,936 Views 73 Comments

The AA carried out a major survey of 26,000 Irish people before Christmas.

# consumers - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Half will borrow to pay for Christmas as younger people look to moneylenders
# Christmas Cost
# Christmas Cost

Half will borrow to pay for Christmas as younger people look to moneylenders

Dec 12th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,128 Views 42 Comments

The 18-34 age bracket are the most likely to use a moneylender with 12 per cent say they will do so in 2013.

# consumers - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month
# Consumers
# Consumers

Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month

Dec 3rd 2013, 12:24 PM 5,226 Views 24 Comments

KBC Bank said the most recent survey seems to reflect a “broad endorsement of domestic economic policy” even if there is a sense that it will hurt household finances.

# consumers - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

Xtra-vision reverses policy on pre-ordered Xbox One consoles
# Game Change
# Game Change

Xtra-vision reverses policy on pre-ordered Xbox One consoles

Nov 26th 2013, 1:59 PM 33,689 Views 81 Comments

From today, any person who collects their pre-ordered XBox One will not have to purchase an additional game in order to receive their console.

# consumers - Monday 25 November, 2013

Anger as Xtra-Vision doesn’t honour Xbox pre-orders unless extra game is bought
# No Deal
# No Deal

Anger as Xtra-Vision doesn’t honour Xbox pre-orders unless extra game is bought

Nov 25th 2013, 10:28 PM 52,977 Views 141 Comments

This requirement was asked of pre-order customers even if they had already paid in full for the new Xbox One console.

# consumers - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Retail industry "still experiencing difficulties"
# Spending
# Spending

Retail industry "still experiencing difficulties"

Oct 29th 2013, 5:25 PM 7,774 Views 11 Comments

New CSO figures show that people spent less money in supermarkets and petrol stations last month.

People spent less on groceries in run-up to Budget announcement
# Shopping
# Shopping

People spent less on groceries in run-up to Budget announcement

Oct 29th 2013, 2:32 PM 7,173 Views 27 Comments

Tesco has seen a decline the amount of money people are spending there, while Aldi and Lidl are going strong.

# consumers - Sunday 27 October, 2013

The 10 simplest brands in the world...
# Consumers
# Consumers

The 10 simplest brands in the world...

Oct 27th 2013, 5:00 PM 49,348 Views 60 Comments

…And why that simplicity is one factor in their success.

# consumers - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Own-brand products 'allow retailers to bully their suppliers'
# Consumers
# Consumers

Own-brand products 'allow retailers to bully their suppliers'

Oct 24th 2013, 6:30 AM 11,812 Views 80 Comments

An Oireachtas committee has expressed “serious concerns” about the increasing use of own-brand products by supermarkets and retailers.

# consumers - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Call for below-cost selling of milk and bread to be banned
# Loss Leaders
# Loss Leaders

Call for below-cost selling of milk and bread to be banned

Oct 23rd 2013, 1:46 PM 16,474 Views 91 Comments

An Oireachtas Committee has also called for a code of conduct in the groceries sector that would be enforced by a supermarket ombudsman.

# consumers - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Budget 2014: What could be this year's Wine Tax Factor?
# Crisps With Notions
# Crisps With Notions

Budget 2014: What could be this year's Wine Tax Factor?

Oct 12th 2013, 11:30 AM 12,369 Views 51 Comments

Yes, the distracting levies that put the WTF in the Budget announcement.

# consumers - Friday 11 October, 2013

Poll: Do you haggle to get a better price on purchases?
# Sponsored By Rabodirect
# Sponsored By Rabodirect

Poll: Do you haggle to get a better price on purchases?

Oct 11th 2013, 3:27 PM 17,178 Views 41 Comments

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re all concerned about the impact on our wallets. What do you think about haggling?

# consumers - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Gas and electricity prices increase from today
# Household Charges
# Household Charges

Gas and electricity prices increase from today

Oct 1st 2013, 6:45 AM 7,933 Views 84 Comments

Gas customers of Bord Gáis, ESB Electric Ireland and Airtricity will see higher prices in their next bill.

# consumers - Monday 30 September, 2013

France to look at laws curbing Sunday shopping
# France
# France

France to look at laws curbing Sunday shopping

Sep 30th 2013, 8:30 PM 12,010 Views 41 Comments

Under French law, Sunday is a mandatory day off – but critics say it’s putting the nation at a competitive disadvantage.

# consumers - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Advertisers can now use mobile phone signals to track shoppers
# Placed
# Placed

Advertisers can now use mobile phone signals to track shoppers

Sep 24th 2013, 2:45 PM 5,984 Views 21 Comments

By tracking the movement of individual shoppers, advertisements can take advantage of location-based ad campaigns.

# consumers - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Store figures out how to stop people 'borrowing' clothes for event and returning them later
# Wardrobing
# Wardrobing

Store figures out how to stop people 'borrowing' clothes for event and returning them later

Sep 21st 2013, 5:00 PM 26,013 Views 23 Comments

Bloomingdale’s in New York has come up with a new tag that is so visible, you can’t possibly wear the clothes out until you remove it.

# consumers - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Turns out there are savings of up to €362 to be had in the home insurance market
# Shop Around
# Shop Around

Turns out there are savings of up to €362 to be had in the home insurance market

Sep 19th 2013, 6:15 AM 4,491 Views 6 Comments

Huge differences have been found in quotes offered by insurance companies, in a survey carried out by the National Consumer Agency.

# consumers - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Switching providers can save money - so why don't more do it?
# Consumers
# Consumers

Switching providers can save money - so why don't more do it?

Sep 4th 2013, 11:15 AM 7,347 Views 29 Comments

People who switch providers can save an average of €15- €20 a month, said the National Consumer Agency.

# consumers - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

First Bord Gáis, now Electric Ireland: Gas prices to rise by 35 cent per week
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

First Bord Gáis, now Electric Ireland: Gas prices to rise by 35 cent per week

Sep 3rd 2013, 6:22 PM 7,306 Views 48 Comments

Electric Ireland is to increase the price for residential gas by 2 per cent from the start of October.

New owners promise to honour old HMV gift vouchers
# Good News
# Good News

New owners promise to honour old HMV gift vouchers

Sep 3rd 2013, 4:36 PM 7,385 Views 24 Comments

HMV on Henry Street will reopen this week with a performance from The Strypes.

# consumers - Monday 2 September, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
# News Fix
# News Fix

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Sep 2nd 2013, 11:21 PM 10,805 Views 4 Comments

Everyone’s talking about Pat Kenny versus Sean O’Rourke and the funeral of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

Bord Gáis prices set to rise - again - next month
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

Bord Gáis prices set to rise - again - next month

Sep 2nd 2013, 5:25 PM 3,984 Views 71 Comments

Prices are set to rise by 2 per cent – although Bord Gáis had originally asked for an increase of more than 7 per cent…

# consumers - Monday 26 August, 2013

Revealed: The 10 biggest selling brands in the Irish grocery market
# Shopping
# Shopping

Revealed: The 10 biggest selling brands in the Irish grocery market

Aug 26th 2013, 6:30 AM 46,513 Views 106 Comments

The best-selling brand has topped the list for 9 years in a row…

# consumers - Sunday 18 August, 2013

The plastic bag levy has raised over €200 million since 2002
# Bag Tax
# Bag Tax

The plastic bag levy has raised over €200 million since 2002

Aug 18th 2013, 8:00 AM 9,232 Views 55 Comments

Figures from the Department of the Environment show a fall in plastic bag usage and therefore the amount of tax taken in recent years.

# consumers - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Consumer confidence is up, but disposable income is down, says report
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

Consumer confidence is up, but disposable income is down, says report

Aug 14th 2013, 8:45 PM 5,387 Views 30 Comments

Credit card debt is in decline, property transactions on the increase but new car sales continue to struggle.

# consumers - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

Consumer Association calls for EU legislation on mobile costs
# Competition
# Competition

Consumer Association calls for EU legislation on mobile costs

Aug 7th 2013, 6:30 AM 3,700 Views 18 Comments

Figures from the EU commission show that Irish consumers pay five times more than the cheapest EU rates in Lithuania.

# consumers - Monday 29 July, 2013

People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal
# Horse Meat
# Horse Meat

People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal

Jul 29th 2013, 1:45 PM 4,899 Views 25 Comments

The Food Safety Authority said that people are spending more time reading labels after the scandal.

# consumers - Friday 19 July, 2013

Imported frozen berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak
# Berry Bad
# Berry Bad

Imported frozen berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

Jul 19th 2013, 12:44 PM 25,607 Views 64 Comments

The Food Safety Authority issues warning as Ireland and Italy both hit by same strain of virus.

# consumers - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Everything's looking rosy... if you live in Germany
# GUTEN TAG
# GUTEN TAG

Everything's looking rosy... if you live in Germany

Jun 26th 2013, 8:45 PM 7,664 Views 22 Comments

New poll there finds consumers confident about pay levels and the health of their economy.

# consumers - Friday 21 June, 2013

Column: It's summer sales time – consumers, know your rights
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: It's summer sales time – consumers, know your rights

Jun 21st 2013, 1:00 PM 274 Views 8 Comments

Summer sales season is upon us again and bargains beckon – but consumers should be aware their rights and be careful not to impulse buy, writes Fergal O’Leary of the National Consumer Agency.

# consumers - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Under 50s stop saving as they struggle to pay off mortgages
# Saving
# Saving

Under 50s stop saving as they struggle to pay off mortgages

Jun 13th 2013, 8:47 AM 6,149 Views 18 Comments

It is thought that the deadline for property tax registration may have triggered this.