Consumer News Round-up: Consumer confidence up, ROI shoppers’ grocery spend €64.5m in NI, Black Friday tips, Spice Girls tickets touts & extra cost of mobile phone insurance
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 23rd November 2018
Consumer confidence up as spending overtakes Celtic Tiger peak
Apparently, consumer confidence is back and we’re spending more than we did during the peak of the Celtic Tiger. In fact, our spending is set to skyrocket to €105 billion.
Republic of Ireland shoppers spent €64.5 million on groceries in Northern Ireland over past 12 months
Yes, you read the headline correctly. According to the latest Kantar Worldpanel supermarket shares figures, shoppers from the Republic have spent €64.5 million on groceries in Northern Ireland over the past 12 months, the highest in five years.
Gardai issue tips for shoppers about avoiding scams
Ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, An Garda Síochána issued a warning and advice to shoppers about how to avoid scams.
Read the full article here: ‘Gardai issue warning about online shopping scams’, by Carl Kinsella, Joe.ie, 21st November 2018.
CCPC advice on refunds, bidding to buy, custom duties, and scams
Here’s a great article featuring consumer rights advice from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) covering refunds, using online auction sites, custom duties when buying from traders based outside the EU, and of course online shopping scams.
Tips to avoid falling for Black Friday marketing tricks and buyer’s remorse
The Irish Examiner carried this article this week which focuses on the marketing tricks that retailers use coming up to and during the Black Friday sales and how many consumers suffer from buyer’s regret or FOMO.
Touts snap up Spice Girls tickets and sell for €450
It took less than two hours of the much anticipated Spice Girls Dublin concert to sell out. However, as predicted, touts also got their hands on tickets and started selling them for as much as €450 each.
Mobile phone insurances often causing confusion and extra costs for consumers
According to Central Bank research, consumers often forget to cancel their mobile phone insurance and don’t know what it really covers, which causes confusion and extra costs.