European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!


Consumer News round-up – week ending 2nd February 2018

New anti-tout measure tested out for Elton gig

Anyone trying to get a ticket for Elton John’s Dublin concert will first have to go through a Verified Fan screening system via Ticketmaster. Writing in The Sunday Times Ireland edition, Valerie Flynn, says that this new technology will be used for the first time in Ireland and is an attempt to defeat the touts.

Read the full article: ‘Elton fans sacrifice data in anti-tout test’, by Valerie Flynn, The Sunday Times Ireland, 28th January 2018.


Tips about sensible shopping and how it could save you €2,000 a year

If you want to save a bit of extra cash while doing your household shop then this Making Cents article in the Irish Examiner by Grainne McGuinness may be of assistance. It features tips from marketing expert Ken Hughes on how putting in a bit of effort could result in savings.

Read the full article: ‘Making Cents – Sensible shopping can save you up to €2,000 a year’, by Grainne McGuinness, Irish Examiner, 30th January 2018.


Retailers calling for legislation to make online market place liable to collect VAT and duties

RTÉ News online reported this week that retailers are calling for legislation to make online market places liable to collect VAT and duties, to counteract the level of spend that is leaving the country.

Read the full article: ‘Retailers want online market places to pay VAT and duties’, RTÉ News online, 31st January 2018.


Taxi fares to be increased

It was announced this week that taxi fare increased by 3.2% as of 1st February. Sarah Burns writes in The Irish Times that the increase was passed by the National Transport Authority at a board meeting last September due to rising costs of running a taxi.

Read the full article: ‘Taxi fares increase of 3.2% comes into effect’, by Sarah Burns, The Irish Times, 1st February 2018.