Consumer News Round-up: Christmas shopping consumer tips, Geo-blocking, Pricewatch & gift vouchers
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 7th December 2018
Christmas shopping consumer advice from CCPC and ECC Ireland
To help you avoid any extra costs or nasty surprises when Christmas shopping, this Irish Independent article has brought together consumer rights advice from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and ourselves.
New EU rules aims to end unjustified geo-blocking
The new EU regulation on geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on nationality and place of residence started to apply throughout the EU from 3rd December. What’s all this about geo-blocking? These articles should shed some light.
Read the full articles here:
- ‘New geo-blocking rules come into effect today’, by Petula Martyn, RTÉ News, 3rd December 2018.
- ‘EU breaks e-commerce location barriers’, by Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 4th December 2018.
Pricewatch answers consumers’ questions on repairs, cash back deals & misleading sales signage
In this week’s Pricewatch article, Conor Pope examines a readers’ queries about how many times Apple can repair a part in a laptop before a replacement is provided, how to get out of completesavings.ie cash back deals, and misleading sale shop signage.
Read the full article here: ‘Pricewatch: Apple won’t replace MacBook Pro after two breakdowns’, by Conor Pope, 3rd December 2018.
TD expresses disappointment that gift voucher legislation not enacted in time for Christmas
Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD has expressed disappointment at the delay in enacting legislation that would mean a five year expiry date for gift vouchers.