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Government Report: Cease-And-Desist Letters Won't Stop Piracy

Would you freak out if you received a piracy warning letter? Apparently, most Aussies don’t seem to care. A new national survey released by the Federal Government has ranked infringement notices as the least effective method of preventing illegal downloads. Only 20 per cent of respondents said they would stop pirating if they received a cease-and-desist letter from their ISP; even if they were threatened with an account suspension.


Why 'Free Range Eggs' Are Usually A Con

Many people buy free range eggs because they believe the hens producing them have a better quality of life. A new investigation by consumer advocate CHOICE reminds us that the term “free range” is ill-defined and frequently misused, so it’s no basis for making shopping choices.


Why Paying To Reduce Your Rental Car Excess Is A Waste Of Money

If you’re renting a car, it seems prudent to pay to reduce the excess as well — who wants to be stuck with a huge bill if there’s an accident? However, you may well be better off relying on travel insurance instead.


Online Travel Insurance Is Designed To Rip You Off: CHOICE

Consumer watchdog CHOICE has released the results of an investigation into the online travel insurance policies offered by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin. It found that auto-selecting a policy when purchasing a plane ticket often resulted in a higher price tag and a raft of sneaky exclusions. Tellingly, most policies gave customers just ten minutes to review a 14,000 word document before the connection timed out.


Shonky Awards 2014: CHOICE Shames Australia's Worst Products

Earlier today, Lifehacker attended CHOICE’s 9th annual Shonky Awards, where Australia’s most misleading, shoddy and unsafe products are named and shamed. From rip-off bank accounts for kidds to self-disintegrating cosies, these are the dodgiest Australian products of 2014.


Thermomix 'TM5 Scandal' Tops 2014 Shonky Awards

The CHOICE “Shonky Awards” have named and shamed the dodgiest consumer products of 2014, with Thermomix “winning” the consumer vote by a landslide. The once-loved kitchen appliance received more nominations than any product in the award’s nine-year history. Hell hath no fury like a Thermo fan scorned.


CHOICE Doesn't Get The Difference Between Renting And Owning Media

Consumer advocate CHOICE has consistently argued that Australians get a raw deal when it comes to digital media. Unfortunately, the crux of its argument often consists of comparing entirely different products, which diminishes intelligent discussion on an important issue.


Study Confirms Mentioning Weddings Will Ensure You Pay More

A shadow shopping study by CHOICE has confirmed what anyone ever involved in planning a wedding has long suspected: merely mention the word “wedding” and the price will go up.


Aussie Gamers Are Still Being Ripped Off At The Checkout: CHOICE

Consumer watchdog CHOICE has launched a fresh investigation into local video game pricing. In a verdict that will surprise no one, it found that we’re still paying artificially high prices compared to the US, with some PS4 titles receiving markups of nearly 50 per cent. Here’s a look at some of the worst offenders.


Lowering The GST Threshold For Online Sales Would Cost Australians A Fortune

One of the main arguments against lowering the level at which GST is applied to online sales is that the cost of actually collecting that tax is likely to be higher than the amount of revenue collected from it. A new study by Choice confirms that, and suggests that the cost of some items might almost double.


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