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Analysis Topic: Consumer Watch

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Very Bad MPG Fuel Economy! Real Owner's Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's my first full week update of owning an Approved Used Land Rover Discovery Sport of what to expect if your considering buying. For it takes at least a week before one is fully aware of what one needs to know BEFORE buying one as the various flaws become apparent, such as the pretty feeble plastic trim that tends to surround Discovery Sport, the knocking sound from again poor quality trim for though the Discovery Sport looks great and general drives well. However, in many respects my 11 year old Zafira was better! And what's worse of all is Land Rovers sales pitch of 53mpg fuel economy that in no way matches real world driving experience as my latest video in this buying and owning a Land Rover series illustrates.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Buying a Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Black - Interior Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Thinking of buying a Land Rover? New or what about used? Well in this series I cover the real customer experience of what to expect when buying an approved used land rover. In today's video shot on day 1 of owning a 15 month Discovery Sport HSE Black we take a look at what to expect in terms of interior and what to check out for when viewing to buy.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, January 07, 2018

SMIGGLE Pencil Cases and Water Bottles Craze Parents Nightmare! / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: Anika_Walayat

SMIGGLE must be commended for being an A1 first class business, for their marketing and product line very strongly appeals to children. However, SMIGGLE's success comes at a price, and that price is paid for by parents. Our latest video illustrates how the SMIGGLE craze manifests itself that has gone far beyond pencil cases and stationary. Even the ordinary water bottle has turned into an must have accessory for parents to pay for, and not just one bottle but the crazy situation of the need for multiple bottles!

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Used Vauxhall Zafira B 7 Seater MPV 2005-2014 Comprehensive Buyers Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's what you need to know if your considering buying a Vauxhall Zafira B that came out in 2005 and ceased production in 2014. This comprehensive review us from someone who has owned and driven the Vauxhall Zafira for near 10 years! So any prospective buyer will get the real run down of what to expect when owning a Zafira and how to deal with the various issues that will tend to come up such as resetting of the service lights, or ensuring the under car spare wheel carrier does not rust etc...

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Vauxhall Zafira 10 Year Owners Review - Top 10 Tips and Points for Buyers / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Your not going to get a more comprehensive review than one from someone who has owned and driven a Vauxhall Zafira for nearly 10 years! So here it is my near 10 year review of what any prospective Zafira buyer needs to know of what to expect when owning a Zafira and how to deal with the various issues that will come up such as resetting of the service lights, or ensuring their under car spare wheel carrier does not rust etc...

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, December 29, 2017

Land Rover Approved Used Warranty Folder Contents - Real Customer Buying Experience / ConsumerWatch / Land Rover

By: N_Walayat

Thinking of buying an Approved Used Land Rover car? Well here in this series I cover the real customer experience of what to expect. In this video we take a look at the two folders that customers get handed towards the end of the buying process. Exactly what do these two folders contain and what could likely be omitted, find out as we compare Land Rovers Approved Used sales pitch against real customer experience of buying from a Land Rover dealer.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Virgin Media Ruins Boxing Day Online Sales - Broadband Down ALL DAY in UK Wide Failure! / ConsumerWatch / Internet

By: N_Walayat

Virgin Media broadband has become progressively less reliable during 2017. With today's outage being the icing on the cake of a year of failures! At the very peak of the years sales frenzy season, Boxing Day that will have seen over 10 million of Brit's surfing online for sales Bargains to grab. Unfortunately not for Virgin media customers, where an early morning outage of a few hours has turned into a day long outage with no end on site of when virgin media broadband will start to work for its customers.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Curry's Leads High Street and Online with Early Sales Big LED 4K TV's Discounts / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: N_Walayat

Sales for most of Britain's big retailers started Christmas Eve, however the giant household electrical's retailer Curry's / PC World got off to an early start to the holiday sales season by promoting deep discounts across its range of its household electrical goods such as Big Screen 4k LED TV's. Though many if not most had been cut in price earlier in the year for instance for Black Friday 26th November, following which prices reverted higher to once more be cut on the 23rd of December.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Samsung 64GB EVO 100mbs Micro SD Card Speed Test for Galaxy Smartphone's / ConsumerWatch / Samsung

By: HGR

Here is a speed test for a popular micro SD card, the 64gb Samsung EVO that is rated as operating at upto 100mbs that many smartphone users in the Samsung Gallery range tend to aquire for their S6, S7 and S8's. However, are smartphone users wasting their money by paying extra for a fast 100mbs card? Find out in my speed test review of exactly what performance is likely to be achieved when used in a smartphone.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Best Time / Month to Buy a Used Car From a UK Dealer / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: Nadeem_Walayat

So far 2017 has not proved to be a productive year in terms of my traditional market analysis i.e. stocks, commodities and derivatives, as I tend to analyse that which grabs my attention rather than following a pre-set schedule, and for this year my attention has been on non traditional markets such as politics, where we had BrExit rammed down our throats to exhaustion point, culminating in the June 8th election disaster and its aftermath. Nevertheless my market analysis has continued this year, unfortunately it's been in non traditional markets such as the local city housing markets rather than national or international, and in this analysis of the UK near new Used car market of 2017 so as determine the best time of year to buy a Used Car of less than 3 years age from a UK dealer.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Land Rover Discovery Sport Fuel Tank Litres Capacity Test / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: HGR

There is conflicting information online on the capacity of the Land Rover Discovery Sport's fuel tanks, which tend to range from as high as 70 litres to as low as 50 litres, so we undertook a test by filling up a HSE Black to confirm the actual fuel capacity of these cars as the video illustrates.

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, December 15, 2017

SanDisk Ultra 128gb 100mbs Micro SD Card for Smartphone's Speed Test / ConsumerWatch / Mobile Technology

By: HGR

Here is a speed test for currently one of the most popular micro SD cards on the market, the 128gb SanDisk Ultra that is speced to operate at upto 100mbs that many smartphone users such as for those in the Samsung Gallery range, the S6, S7 and S8 are opting for. However, are smartphone users wasting their money by paying extra for a fast 100mbs card? Find out in my speed test review of exactly what performance is likely to be achieved when used in a smartphone.

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, December 07, 2017

B&M Stores Cheap Products Review - £4 Wooden Shoe Rack / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: HGR

BM Stores tops the list of where to shop for a bargai with its low cost products that tend to be significnalty cheaper than similar producuts at the more traditional retailers. So in this video we take a look at a typical low cost product, a self assembly wooden shoe rack that costs just £4! See whether we grabbed ourselves a bargain or if it proved to be a false economy.

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, December 01, 2017

Online Accounts Risks, One of Largest Brokerages Halts Online Trading After “Glitch” / ConsumerWatch / Cyber Crime

By: GoldCore

– ‘Technical issue’ at Fidelity temporarily blocks access to online accounts and halts online trading
– Fidelity is 3rd largest brokerage by client assets: $1.7 trillion at the end of 2016
– NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank  have experienced online banking “issues” in November
– Clients left without access to funds & failed payments & little to no recourse
– Social media exposing the banks’ and online trading platforms’ shortcomings
– Reminder that online accounts can be rendered non-viable and vulnerability of absolute dependence and digital cash, digital gold etc

Editor: Mark O’Byrne

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nabru Sofa Condition After 3 and 5 Years of Use Long Term Review / ConsumerWatch / Reviews

By: HGR

It's now 5 full years since we bought and assembled a large 7 seater corner Nabru sofa, so find out what to expect condition wise after relatively light use, i.e. what are the Nabru sofa's strength and weaknesses after a number of years as we compare the condition at the 3 and 5 year marks.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sky Box Planner Rebuild Fix Technical Fault 7 (33) To Try and Fix Hard Drive Error / ConsumerWatch / How to Guides

By: HGR

If you suddenly get the technical fault 7 (33) or (30) error messages on your recordings, usually listed as partially recorded, which basically means the hard drive in your sky box is dieing that manifests itself in stuttering, freezing recordings that are near impossible to lost. However all is not lost because you can buy yourself some time to decide what to do next, upgrade or buy a replacement box as this video illustrates.

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Fireworks Dangers Safety Tips for Kids, School Children on Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night 2017 / ConsumerWatch / Health and Safety

By: Anika_Walayat

It's going to be bonfire night again soon and already groups of teens can be seen roaming the streets letting off fireworks in all directions. So here is a timely reminder that fireworks can be VERY DANGEROUS if not handled correctly even for adults, which is why children should never handle fireworks!

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Amazon Frustration Free Packaging Memory SD Cards vs Retail Packaging / ConsumerWatch / Amazon

By: HGR

Here's a test to see what's the difference when buying memory SD cards from Amazon of the difference between frustration free packaging and normal packaging. As in this test purchase from Amazon we bought 2 SanDisk Micro SD cards.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Emerging Megatrends Hurting Consumers / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: Rodney_Johnson

I think Dilbert is hilarious. The comic strip’s creator, Scott Adams, has incredible insight into everyday life.

More than a decade ago, he showed the cartoon’s title character in a grocery store. A clerk asked Dilbert, a white-collar, micromanaged engineer by day, if he wanted to sign up for the store’s loyalty card so he could save on purchases.

His reply went something like this: “So you want my personal information, which you’ll then use to track me and market to me, and in return I get the manufacturers’ rebates that I’ve always received? And if I don’t give you my data, then you keep the money?”
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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Virgin Media Broadband Down, Catastrophic UK Wide Failure! / ConsumerWatch / ISP's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Up until a month ago you would have found me singing the praises of Virgin Media broadband for being by far the fastest and most reliable service providers out there, definitely many times better than the garbage service offered by BT and those that rely on the BT network. But unfortunately over the past month the reliability of Virgin Media's broadband service has been diminishing in reliability. It started off with being down for a couple of hours every other day to becoming a near daily occurrence that come around 4pm to 5pm the network would go down for a few hours.

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