Beware of online traps, warns consumer watchdog

March 14, 2012 Off By administrator

Beware of online traps, warns consumer watchdog
News from Herald Sun:

Consumer Affairs Victoria has revealed two in three shopping and trading disputes that head to conciliation involve online purchases. Source: Supplied

ONLINE shoppers are being urged to think before they click to avoid problem buys and refund wrangles.

Consumer Affairs Victoria has revealed two in three shopping and trading disputes that head to conciliation involve online purchases.

Trouble getting a refund, replacement or repair; misunderstandings about terms and conditions; products or services falling short of expectations and fake products are the most common gripes.

To coincide with World Consumer Rights Day, experts from CAV will today field reader questions about shopping rights and pitfalls.

CAV director Dr Claire Noone said customers still had basic rights if they bought from an online seller based in Australia.

”Under the Australian Consumer Law for example, it’s illegal for a trader to mislead or deceive you about your purchase. So, if you think you’re buying a diamond ring, and all you get is a diamante,…………… continues on Herald Sun

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Battle escalates over ballot measure on health premiums
News from Los Angeles Times:

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says doctors and hospitals… (Katie Falkenberg)

March 12, 2012|By Chad Terhune

California’s doctors, hospitals and insurance companies launched their campaign Monday against a proposed ballot measure seeking tighter regulation of health insurance rates and proponents quickly returned fire.

The proposed ballot initiative seeks to give the California Department of Insurance the same rate-setting authority over healt…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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