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Analysis Topic: Consumer Watch

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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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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How I Broke My Hand on Alton Towers Dangerous Rides! / ConsumerWatch / Theme Parks

By: N_Walayat

It's SCAREFEST October at Alton Towers again when Britain's most popular theme parks stays open until late, well past nightfall. Just becareful on the rides especially in the dark because it is very easy to get injured if one lets ones guard down. For instance even going into a ride such as the HEX could prove dangerous as was my experience, going in all smiles, coming out with a fractured hand!

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ConsumerWatch

Monday, October 16, 2017

SCAREFEST 2017 - Take Care on Alton Towers Dangerous Rides! / ConsumerWatch / Theme Parks

By: N_Walayat

It's SCAREFEST October at Alton Towers again when Britain's most popular theme parks stays open LATE, well past nightfall. Just becareful on the rides especially in the dark because it is very easy to get injured if one lets ones guard down. For instance even going into a ride such as the HEX could prove dangerous. Of course not on par with the catastrophic failure of the Alton Towers SMILER ride a few years ago. But nevertheless injuries sustained can ruin the day and take several weeks to recover from as this video illustrates.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, October 08, 2017

PassMark Bench Mark of OVERCLOCKERS UK Custom Built Gaming PC (5) / ConsumerWatch / Technology

By: Adnaan_Walayat

Just how well built are custom built gaming PC's by OverClockers UK. For whilst the component specs on paper may be great and the machine looks all spanking brand new on delivery. However the only real test is how the PC performs. Where the starting point for such evaluation is to run a bench marking software on the system so as to reveal any bottlenecks due to a poorly built PC, i.e. cutting corners on internal cabling etc. So here with the system up and running for the first time having booted into Windows 10 we ran the popular PassMark benchmarking software.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Used Car Buying From UK Dealer Top Tips, CarMotion.co.uk Real Customer Experience / ConsumerWatch / How to Guides

By: N_Walayat

Here are my top tips for buying a used car from a UK dealer based on experience and lessons learned from my last purchase from CarMotion.co.uk that proved valuable in terms of lessons learned for next time, mistakes I don't intend on repeating for my next purchase of a USED car in the region of between £20k to £30k.
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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why Walkers Crisps Pay Packet Promotion is RUBBISH! / ConsumerWatch / Freebies and Comps

By: Anika_Walayat

I bet most of you who have been buying hundreds of packets of walkers crisps trying to win from £5 upwards in their pay packet promotion will not have had any success. So here we stand having bought near 600 packs of crisps and with a big fat zero of wins, which brings us to the conclusion that this promotion is RUBBISH! About as good as their 2016 promo for winning 1 of 20,000 holidays that only resulted in about 800 holidays being won. And so I suspect we will see the same for Walkers Pay Packet promotion i.e. the total won is nowhere near the £2 million promoted prize fund. Anyway we shall see, but in our experience this walkers promotion is rubbish, so you should stop wasting your time and money in the remaining weeks because your not going to win anything!

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Walkers Crisps Pay Packet Cheats, Shoplifters and Staff Conning Customers / ConsumerWatch / Freebies and Comps

By: Anika_Walayat

Unfortunately the Walkers Crisps Instant Cash Win Pay Packet £2 million promotion is bringing out the worst in people who would normally be law abiding. It looks like the temptation to cheat, steal and con ordinary shoppers is proving too great. From shoplifters ripping open multi-packs in stores to super market staff rather than working spending their time feeling packets for the fiver sachets, which amounts to conning customers into buying packs of crisps that have already been processed of winning fivers by members of staff!

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, May 12, 2017

Walkers Pay Packet Instant Win Morrisons 17% Price Cut After 50% Price Hike! / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: Anika_Walayat

It looks like Morrisons cunning plan of hiking the price of Walkers crisps multi-packs by 50% to ride on the coat tails of Walkers latest Pay Packet £5 to £28k instant win promotion has FAILED. As Morrisons has now cut the price of Walkers crisps multi-packs from £1.50 to £1.25 though barely 3 weeks ago they were being sold for £1. Find out more in our latest video in the Walkers crisps saga.

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ConsumerWatch

Monday, May 08, 2017

Tesco Crisis - Dangerous Finger Cutting Trolleys Customer Warning Alert! / ConsumerWatch / Tesco

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Tesco customers are not only having to watch out for sharp practices whilst shopping such as fake shelf prices that don't convert at the checkouts as the February 2017 BBC Investigation revealed, but also have to watch out for sharp pieces of metal sticking out from trolleys that can result in cut fingers as this unlucky customer experienced (Sheffield).

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Walkers Crisps Pay Packet Instant Win Odds of Winning a Prize / ConsumerWatch / Freebies and Comps

By: Anika_Walayat

The Walkers Crisps pay packet promotion has now been running for over a month, and so far we have bought over 200 packets of crisps but won no prizes. So we decided to calculate the odds of winning the prizes on offer that range from £28k to £5. So check out our odds analysis so that you are fully aware of how likely you are to win a cash prize.

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