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 19th July 2019


Lizzo fans criticise Ticketmaster over platinum €140 tickets

Ticketmaster was under fire recently from Lizzo fans who were unable to get tickets for the singer’s Dublin gig in the Olympia when they went on general sale on Friday 12th July. Within minutes it was clear that the majority of tickets had already been snapped up in the presale leaving only ‘platinum’ tickets priced at €140 – this compares to the initial price of €44.45.

Read the full article here: ‘Fans criticise Ticketmaster over ‘platinum’ €140 tickets for Lizzo Dublin gig’,, 12th July 2019.


How much can you save by switching utilities?

Conor Pope examines how consumers can save around €400 this year by switching or negotiating a better deal with utility providers. Interested?

Read the full article here: ‘Would you like to save €400 this year and every year? Here’s how…’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 15th July 2019.


Google suspends Viagogo as an advertiser amid tout claims

It was revealed this week that Google has suspended Viagogo as an advertiser after claims touts resell tickets at inflated prices on the site. This comes at a time when the Competition and Market Authority in the UK is also seeking to take the ticket reseller to court for doing enough to change its business practices.

Read the full article here: ‘Google suspends ticket site Viagogo from advertising’,, 17th July 2019.


Irish spending down due to Brexit concerns and wet weather

The Visa’s Irish Consumer Spending Index reveals that Irish spending, in shops and online, is at its lowest point for the past five years and that Brexit and wet weather could be to blame.

Read the full article here: ‘Shoppers spend less as wet weather and Brexit worries dampen the mood’, by Shawn Pogatchnik, Irish Independent, 18th July 2019.