Buyer Beware – RTE 1 Thursday 8pm

New consumer affairs coming tonight on RTE1 – without Eddie Hobbs this time strangely enough. According to the blurb on

Presented by Philip Boucher Hayes of RTÉs Radio Investigative Unit, Buyer Beware! uncovers the business dealings and practices that have prompted complaints from disgruntled consumers throughout the country.

In this new consumer affairs series, our reporter follows up these complaints as he travels around Ireland and further afield, in pursuit of individuals and both large and small businesses who have left unhappy customers in their wake.

On tonights first show in the series:

Philip Boucher Hayes looks at a gutter replacement company with poor quality control and investigates midnight raiding of charity clothing bins

Given the current climate of declining advertising revenue and the resultant necessary cutbacks within the organisation, I guess it’ll be unlikely that we’ll see the spotlight turned on the bigger Irish companies (and RTE advertisers) who are ripping off consumers on a regular basis.

Can we expect exposés on Bank Of Ireland, AIB, ESB, Quinn Direct, Vodafone, O2, Hibernian Insurance, Ulster Bank, Eircon, First Active, Axa Insurance, Meteor, VHI, Irish Life, NTL, permanentTSB or BT Ireland,  or any of the other companies who’ve overcharged hundreds and thousands of Irish consumers by hundreds of millions of euros in the past 4 years?

We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes. Review to follow.

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2 Responses to Buyer Beware – RTE 1 Thursday 8pm

  1. Anne November 21, 2008 at 00:05 #

    Congratulations Philip and Researchers on your very good programme, keep up the good work.
    perhaps you would consider doing a programme on ‘seller beware’ for e.g. where a ‘small plant hire business’ cannot get paid for work done for ‘big business persons’
    What avenues are open to him legally ? or What are his rights in trying to get paid ????

  2. paddy July 27, 2009 at 14:01 #

    i think you should investigate store vouchers, these are a great idea but when some one loses them and they go back to the shop even with a receipt for the voucher the shop sometimes won’t honour them.

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