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

All the hellish stages you go through when calling Customer Service
# Call Me Maybe
# 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?

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

Shopfronts of Dublin: a very lovely photo project indeed

Mar 4th 2014, 5:20 PM 36,716 Views 33 Comments

Independent stores, and the way they make you feel.

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

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

Feb 22nd 2014, 9:45 AM 10,249 Views 35 Comments

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

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

Car salesman convicted for selling 'clocked' car

Jan 22nd 2014, 7:20 AM 20,793 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.

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

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

Jan 20th 2014, 1:29 PM 9,799 Views 44 Comments

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

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

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

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

Jan 15th 2014, 10:02 PM 12,744 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.

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

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

Jan 13th 2014, 2:22 PM 13,426 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”.

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

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

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

Dec 12th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,129 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.

Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month
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# Consumers

Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month

Dec 3rd 2013, 12:24 PM 5,227 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.

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

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

Nov 26th 2013, 1:59 PM 33,699 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.

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

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

Nov 25th 2013, 10:28 PM 52,983 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.

Retail industry "still experiencing difficulties"
# Spending
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# 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
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# Shopping

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

Oct 29th 2013, 2:32 PM 7,175 Views 27 Comments

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

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

The 10 simplest brands in the world...

Oct 27th 2013, 5:00 PM 49,350 Views 60 Comments

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

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

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

Oct 24th 2013, 6:30 AM 11,836 Views 80 Comments

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

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

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

Oct 23rd 2013, 1:46 PM 16,496 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.

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

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

Oct 12th 2013, 11:30 AM 12,370 Views 51 Comments

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

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

Oct 11th 2013, 3:27 PM 17,194 Views 40 Comments

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

Gas and electricity prices increase from today
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# Household Charges

Gas and electricity prices increase from today

Oct 1st 2013, 6:45 AM 7,935 Views 84 Comments

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

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

France to look at laws curbing Sunday shopping

Sep 30th 2013, 8:30 PM 12,012 Views 41 Comments

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

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

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

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

Sep 21st 2013, 5:00 PM 26,038 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.

Turns out there are savings of up to €362 to be had in the home insurance market
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# 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 4,492 Views 6 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 4th 2013, 11:15 AM 7,355 Views 29 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 3rd 2013, 6:22 PM 7,307 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
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# Good News

New owners promise to honour old HMV gift vouchers

Sep 3rd 2013, 4:36 PM 7,386 Views 24 Comments

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

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

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Sep 2nd 2013, 11:21 PM 10,806 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
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# Energy Costs

Bord Gáis prices set to rise - again - next month

Sep 2nd 2013, 5:25 PM 3,984 Views 69 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…

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

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

Aug 26th 2013, 6:30 AM 46,941 Views 106 Comments

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

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

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

Aug 18th 2013, 8:00 AM 9,326 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.

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

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

Aug 14th 2013, 8:45 PM 5,390 Views 30 Comments

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

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

Consumer Association calls for EU legislation on mobile costs

Aug 7th 2013, 6:30 AM 3,701 Views 18 Comments

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

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

People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal

Jul 29th 2013, 1:45 PM 4,908 Views 25 Comments

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

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

Imported frozen berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

Jul 19th 2013, 12:44 PM 25,620 Views 64 Comments

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

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

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

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

Jun 21st 2013, 1:00 PM 277 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.

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