CHOICE
03/23/2017 at 08:15. Facebook
A review of home pregnancy test kits conducted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) resulted in 14 products taken off shelves and 3 being recalled: [ Goo.gl Link ]

The review found that some kits weren’t sensitive enough to give an accurate or reliable reading. But TGA hasn't released the full data.

Would you like to know the names of the products that have been pulled off the shelves?
CHOICE
03/22/2017 at 23:54. Facebook
CHOICE is currently reviewing nappies and we want to hear from you.

What do you look for when buying nappies? Do you always stick to the same brand? Is price a major factor in your purchase?

Tell us in the comments below.
CHOICE
03/21/2017 at 23:20. Facebook
Four batches of EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline have been recalled following reports of its auto-injectors failing to activate correctly: [ Goo.gl Link ]

The affected batch numbers are 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652, and 5FA6653, with an expiry date of April 2017.

Do you have the recalled EpiPen at home?
CHOICE
03/20/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
A recent blitz on illegal 'no refunds' signs conducted by Fair Trading found one in five NSW businesses to be breaking the law: [ Goo.gl Link ]

Under the Australian Consumer Law, retailers are not allowed to post blanket 'no refund' signs in the shops or on receipts. This is because it implies a refund is not possible even when a product is faulty.

Have you seen these signs in-store or on...
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CHOICE
03/17/2017. Facebook
CHOICE taste-tested six hot cross buns brands ranging in price from $2.99 to $7.15 to see which buns are the best: choice.com.au/hotcrossbuns

Our blind tasters scored Coles' hot cross buns the highest (7 out of 10), while Aussie Farmers Direct scored the lowest (3 out of 10).

Which hot cross buns do you buy?
CHOICE
03/15/2017. Facebook
Have you had the aircon going 24/7 during this year's summer heat?

Are you worried about your next electricty bill or has the price of keeping cool hit you in the hip pocket?

Let us know in the comments below.
CHOICE
03/14/2017. Facebook
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has issued a warning after a pair of battery operated headphones exploded mid-flight, while she was asleep: [ Goo.gl Link ]

ATSB believes the batteries caught fire, leaving the woman suffering from burns.

The model of the headphones and battery has not been revealed.

Have you had a problem with batteries overheating?
CHOICE
03/14/2017. Facebook
Did you know that it takes almost nine hours to read Amazon Kindle’s terms and conditions? choice.com.au/consumerlaw

As part of World Consumer Rights Day, CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to stop companies from forcing consumers to accept tens-of-thousands of words of complex requirements just to use a product.

Join the campaign here: choice.com.au/consumerlaw

#BetterDigitalWorld
CHOICE
03/13/2017. Facebook
How long would it really take to read Kindle's terms and conditions?

Have a guess in the comments below.

(Answer will be revealed tomorrow)
#betterdigitalworld
CHOICE
03/13/2017. Facebook
What do you think takes longer, reading all of the Kindle's terms and conditions or watching all 4 Indiana Jones movies?

Answer in the comments below.
CHOICE
03/09/2017. Facebook
Did you know most travel insurance doesn’t cover claims made on mental health grounds?

In our last review, we found only 2 out of 35 insurers cover any kid of claims relating to mental illness: [ Goo.gl Link ]

A Queensland mum who contacted CHOICE said her family is $15,000 out of pocket after her son had a mental health breakdown for the first time while traveling.

Do you read your travel...
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CHOICE
03/09/2017. Facebook
Do you read the Terms & Conditions document before signing up to an online service?

#BetterDigitalWorld
CHOICE
03/08/2017. Facebook
The ACCC is taking car manufacturer Audi Australia to court over its diesel vehicle emission claims: [ Goo.gl Link ]

ACCC alleges that between 2011 and 2015, Audi engaged in misleading conduct by installing software that caused certain cars to produce lower emissions when tested in the lab.

The cars affected by these proceedings are listed here: [ Goo.gl Link ]

Do you have one of the...
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CHOICE
03/07/2017. Facebook
The Federal Court has fined Jetstar Australia $545,000 and Virgin Australia $200,000 for misleading ‘drip pricing’ practices: [ Goo.gl Link ]

In 2015, the ACCC launched legal action against the airlines arguing they failed to disclose booking and service fees that made flights more expensive than the advertised price.

The maximum penalty handed down for making false or misleading...
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CHOICE
03/07/2017. Facebook
A CHOICE investigation has found buying tickets from reseller websites such as Ticketmaster Resale and viagogo can see you over-paying, having your ticket cancelled by the venue and facing significant fines: [ Goo.gl Link ]

We found Viagogo was the worst offender when it comes to dodgy pricing practices cheap ticket claims.

CHOICE has referred the findings of the investigation to the...
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CHOICE
03/07/2017. Facebook
Following a CHOICE investigation, the ACCC has fined Hoyt's Foods with a $10,800 penalty for selling adulterated oregano: [ Goo.gl Link ]

Hoyt’s has also agreed to change its supply arrangements and indicated it would test its oregano products in the future.

Last year, CHOICE revealed a number of popular brands selling oregano tainted with olive and sumac leaves, with one product containing...
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CHOICE
03/06/2017. Facebook
CHOICE research has found the banks' failure to pass on the official interest rate cuts has cost credit card customers a staggering $3.49 billion: [ Goo.gl Link ]

Instead of falling in line with the cash rate, since mid-2011 the average credit card interest rate has hardly moved from 17.41% to 17.35%.

If you're tired of being ripped-off by the big banks, join our campaign for a fairer...
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CHOICE
03/06/2017. Facebook
CHOICE has tested 38 toilet paper products and the results might surprise you: [ Goo.gl Link ]

When it comes to the best value, Coles' toilet tissue wiped the floor scoring 80% and costing just 17 cents per 100 sheets.

It was a mixed bag for Kleenex with one product topping the test but four bottoming out.

Do you look at unit pricing, such as cost per sheet, when purchasing products?
CHOICE
03/06/2017. Facebook
There's only ONE DAY left to let Federal Senators know what you think of the poor practices in the banking and insurance industries.

Whether it's the many rip-offs, dodgy practices or unfair treatment, it's time to have your say: choice.com.au/banksenateaction
CHOICE
03/03/2017. Facebook
An investigation into the hearing aid industry has left the ACCC concerned that patient care is coming second to sales and profits: [ Goo.gl Link ]

Hearing aids can cost between $1,500 and $15,000 per pair, and clinicians are taking commissions as large as 15%.

Would you trust a clinician if you knew they were earning commission?