Consumer News Round-up: Pricewatch queries, single-use plastic ban, music fans scammed out of €8k, Booking.com accused of using misleading pressure-selling tactics
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 20th September 2019
Pricewatch queries: Old credit card debt and wedding ruined by cancelled flight
This week’s Pricewatch in The Irish Times features two interesting consumer complaints. The first is about the plight of a couple who fear that an old credit card debt could jeopardise their future plans. The second is about how a wedding party struggled to get home after a flight was cancelled.
Read the full article here:
- ‘Couple fear ‘future has just vanished’ over small debt’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 16th September 2019.
- ‘Our Italian wedding was ruined by a cancelled Aer Lingus flight,’ by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 16th September 2019.
Ban on single-use plastics and levy for non-recyclable plastic packaging
The Government announced this week that plastic straws, cups, cutlery and other single-use plastics are to be banned. There will also be levy charged for non-recyclable plastic packaging on food and other goods but if that doesn’t work to reduce waste then this could be banned as well. Consumers have expressed some concern that they could end up bearing the cost.
Music fans scammed out of €8,000 for non-existent Electric Picnic, Ariana Grande and Hugh Jackman tickets, court hears
Ennis District Court heard how an online fraudster scammed 26 music fans out of almost €8,000 worth of non-existent concert tickets for a number of events including Electric Picnic.
Read the full article here: ‘Fraudster who duped fans of almost €8k for non-existent Electric Picnic, Ariana Grande, and Hugh Jackman tickets’, by Gordon Deegan, Irish Independent, 18th September 2019.
Which? UK finds Booking.com continues to mislead consumers with pressure-selling tactics
Consumer group, Which? UK, carried out spot checks on an number of accommodation websites and found that Booking.com continues to mislead consumers by using pressure-selling tactics, for example, giving the impression that only one room is available.