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.

Read the full article here: ‘How to stop the Grinch ruining your Christmas shopping spree’, by Louise McBride, Sunday Independent, 2nd December 2018.


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:


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 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.

Read the full article here: ”We keep coming across excuses’ – TD disappointed over delay of gift card rules’,, 3rd December 2018.