They’re going to release a press release if Aer Lingus do nothing. Straight from the horses mouth – Ann Fitzgerald on Joe Duffy, RTE1, 3pm.
NCA supports and takes it easy on big business yet again, at the expense of consumers.
According to the press release from Senator Brendan Ryan:
My advice is that the drafting flaw is fatal to the prosecution of the pyramid scheme offence in the District Court under the Consumer Protection Act, and would also appear to prevent the prosecution in the District Court of a number of other offences including misleading commercial practices; aggressive commercial practices; prohibited commercial practices; and contravening maximum prices order.
From their website, IrishFuelPrices.com is for sale. According to the text on the site:
IrishFuelPrices.com is for sale
Thank you for your support over the last 7 years. The great success of the site has been to make consumers more aware of prices but the site needs to be up to date and due to time constraints on our part, this is no longer possible.
Interested parties can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a big pity. I wonder will anyone fill their shoes – will the National Consumer Agency maybe take up the mantle and have a petrol price survey in the same way they do their grocery price comparison, or maybe the Consumer Association of Ireland fill the gap.
For Consumer Day, a Consumer Consultation Seminar will be held at the representation in Dublin, at which the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment will take part. In addition, a number of newspaper supplements will be published, with information on the ECC and shopping across borders. A press release will also be issued highlighting the advantages Irish consumers have by also being European citizens. The press release will take the form of a ‘story’ detailing a person’s day from morning to evening and all the things that occur where EU consumer legislation comes into play.
Anyone see any of this? I did see mention of the seminar mentioned above, but no sign of the press releases. If the National Consumer Agency wouldn’t keep republishing 200 odd press releases every night on their RSS feed, it might be easier to see if it was there. Nothing on their Press Releases link, nor on the ECC Dublin site either. Nothing on the Consumer Association of Ireland website either.
The National Consumer Agency (NCA) has published the findings of its survey comparing grocery prices between Ireland’s multiples, symbol groups, discounters and independents shops. Among its main findings, the survey found:
- Only 35 cent difference between Tesco and Dunnes Stores for basket of 61 branded goods
- Supervalu providing competition to multiples
- Real competition between Aldi and Lidl, providing an alternative in value to multiples and Supervalu for own brand products
- Independent butchers, fruit and vegetable shops can provide real value
So, 6 months later, they’re coming out telling us nothing new whatsoever. You can give me their budget of whatever number of million euro per year, and I’ll tell you nothing new either – damn it, I’ll take half their budget and I’ll tell you nothing new every month.
Seriously though – who’s fault is that? It’s hardly retailers fault that consumers don’t use gift vouchers presented to them? Or is it the retailers fault that a consumer gets a voucher and doesn’t bother making an effort to use it in the time period stated on the voucher?
Leo – cop yourself on! If I get a voucher that says I have three months to spend the cash, it’s my fault if I try to spend it in 4 months time, not the retailers.
If the terms and conditions on the vouchers are “unfair” or have the potential of “callously ripping off consumers” then isn’t it up to the consumers who purchase the vouchers to not actually buy them in the first place?
And as for your suggestion that there be a three year time expiry on vouchers, that’s nearly just as much of a gift to retailers as not using the vouchers at all.
In your proposed NCA supported fantasy world, giving a retailer €100 for a voucher now and allowing someone 3 years to spend it is the same as a 3 year interest free loan from the consumer to said retailer. And then take into account 5% inflation per year, the retailer only then has to hand over €85 worth of goods at the end of the loan period.
Shouldn’t you instead be encouraging consumers to use their vouchers as quickly as possible? It’s hardly good “enterprise or trade” to be encouraging consumers to be providing interest free loans to retailers with discounted repayment amounts?
Now, we know you’re only bringing this up because it was on Joe Duffy last week. He was talking about Muslims in Ireland today – when can we expect your press release on this?
Don’t you have anything better to be doing – like “marking” your counterpart who’s in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment at a time when we’re losing hundreds of jobs per week?