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The Psychological Impulses That Make You Want To Spend Money

It’s always interesting to learn how our shopping behaviours are influenced. Sure, advertisers manipulate our habits, but our brains go with it because deep down, we have a desire to consume. There are a few natural impulses that make us want to spend more.

Why Genetic Testing Services Are Mostly Rubbish

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is urging Australians to exercise more caution when ordering direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits such as 23andMe, Navigenics and Family Tree DNA. Many of these companies are based overseas and may not meet Australian standards for quality and reliability for medical laboratory testing.

eBay Just Ruined Online Shopping By Adding Christmas Carols

One of the worst aspects of Christmas shopping is the insufferably “festive” muzak that blares from every storefront. For some reason, eBay has decided to replicate this unpleasant experience for online shoppers. No really. For a limited time, eBay customers will be able to play soul-sapping Christmas carols directly through the browser. Bah-humbug.

You Can Now Tell Australia Post Where To Deliver Your Parcels

MyPost Deliveries is a new service from Australia Post that lets you choose exactly where your parcels get delivered — be it your work address, parcel locker, local post office or the house of a family member. Best of all, the service is free.

'Eat On Time' Is A Westfield App That Lets You Cut Busy Lunch Queues

Westfield Sydney has introduced a new food app that allows customers to order and pay for their lunch via their mobile phones. Instead of wasting time in the queue and faffing about with their wallets, busy CBD workers can simply rock up to the front of the line and collect their pre-prepared meal. There is a slight catch, however.

How To Cancel Your 'Catch Of The Day' Account

Last week, Catch Of The Day admitted to a data breach involving the loss of usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords and credit card data. What’s more, it waited three whole years to disclose this information to customers. If you’re as annoyed with the company as we are, you’ll want to cancel your account. Here’s how.

Australia's Takeaway Habits Digested [Infographic]

Takeaway delivery site Menulog has released a fresh report about Australia’s ordering habits; from when we most like to eat takeaway to our favourite dishes. According to its data, Australia’s most popular takeaway item is Margherita pizza, followed by Pad Thai and Butter Chicken. Check out the infographic for other interesting morsels.

TV Buying Trends: JB Hi-Fi Is King, Harvey Norman Sheds Customers

Consumer research group Global Reviews has released a report analysing the experiences of Australians looking to buy 46-55-inch televisions online. It found that JB Hi-Fi is the most preferred online store due to a perception of having the best prices. Harvey Norman, meanwhile, has a hard time holding onto would-be customers, with the majority defecting to another retailer before making their final purchase.

Remember To Search For Online Discount Codes This Christmas

Are you still finalising your presents for friends and family this Christmas? If so, it pays to do more digging than simply picking the best price on eBay or Google Shopping. Here’s a simple online search hack that could see you save up to 70 per cent in a few mouse clicks.

CrowdBuy Is A Showrooming App That Scans Barcodes For Better Prices

‘Showrooming’ is the practice of checking out goods in a physical retail store before buying them online (much to the chagrin of shopkeepers.) Now the phenomenon has its own Android app that lets you scan product barcodes and instantly compare with the best online prices.

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