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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 30th August 2019

 

Paying in Euro on some UK retail sites may cost you 50% more

According to an article in the Sunday Times, Irish consumers are being charged almost 50% more on some UK retail sites when they pay in Euros.

Read the full article here: ‘Paying in euros? It’ll cost you’, by Fionnuala Walsh, The Sunday Times, 25th August 2019.

 

Consumers warned to prepare for new online banking rules

Consumers are being asked to prepare for the introduction of new online banking rules because of PSD2 (the second Payment Services Directive) which will come into effect from 14th September.

Read the full article here: ‘Consumers warned to act in advance of new online banking rules’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 26th August 2019. 

 

Buying from UK traders after no-deal Brexit will result in extra costs for online shoppers

Minister for State for European Affairs Helen McEntee and representatives from An Post, Revenue, and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission were out in force this week advising consumers that although contingencies were in place to avoid disruption to the delivery of parcels, buying from UK traders after a no-deal Brexit will result in extra costs for online shoppers because the VAT and customs duties. Consumers were also advised to check the final price displayed, where the trader is based, and read the terms and conditions.

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Irish supermarkets could struggle to stock up shelves within days of hard Brexit

The Freight Transport Association of Ireland has warned that supermarket shelves in Ireland could run bare within two days of a hard Brexit.

Read the full article here: ”Absolute chaos for months’ – Shoppers here ‘facing empty shelves within days of no-deal Brexit’, by Shawn Pogatchnik, Irish Independent, 30th August 2019.