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Consumer - Christmas Trolley Watch- Munster

Monday, 14 December 2009

Today is our second week of the Christmas Price Comparison Items called Christmas Trolley Watch, a price comparison consumer study of the main supermarkets in Ireland. We will be checking the prices in Supervalu, Dunnes, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi. We will also as usual inform viewers of the price of TAS shopping trolley in a supermarket up North. This week we will compare with Sainsburys in Northern Ireland.

Please be aware that there will be some variations in weight, quality and nutritional value between all the supermarkets goods. We were looking solely for the cheapest price in each item.

According to a study commissioned by the NCA:

Price remains the key influencing driver for consumers in choosing where they do their main grocery shop, followed by convenience.

34% of grocery shoppers are buying less

3 in every 4 people now shop around


Tina Leonard, Consumer Expert

Today is the second week of three where we will check the price of 10 Christmas Items that are typically bought this time of year in the leading supermarkets.

Concept of Christmas Basket Watch

The Afternoon Show Christmas Basket Watch is filled with 10 items consumers typically buy at this time of year.

THIS SURVEY IS BASED SOLELY ON PRICE ALONE. WE ARE NOT COMPARING QUALITY OR NUTRITIONAL VALUE. THEREFORE IF YOU WALKED INTO A SUPERMARKET WITH THE TAS SHOPPING LIST YOU WOULD FILL YOUR SHOPPING BASKET WITH THE CHEAPEST BRAND OF EACH ITEM. THE MEASUREMENTS OF ITEMS MAY VARY FROM STORE TO STORE.

Each Monday we will compare the cost of 10 Christmas items and this week we are going to Tesco, Lidl, Supervalu, Dunnes Stores and Aldi in Munster. This will allow us to compare the cost of the items in different shops and also will allow you to see where you can get the cheapest price for TAS Shopping Basket. (NOT WHERE YOU GET THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY).

This week we will not be comparing in Superquinn as there are only three branches in Munster.

So where did you go to this week?
This week we were in Munster and next week we will be in Connacht.


Special Offer Websites:
. www.cheapeats.ie
. www.mydeal.ie
. www.smartshopper.ie
. www.valueireland.ie

Consumer Headlines:

Headline 1

Garda alert on 'shoulder surfing' pin number scam
The Irish Times, Thursday 10th December 2009

Shoppers are being urged to be more vigilant when paying for goods this Christmas.

The warning comes after gardaí arrested three people in connection with the theft and use of debit and credit cards at Dublin Airport yesterday.

The arrests came after gardaí launched an undercover investigation into the practice dubbed "shoulder surfing".

The incidents typically involve an individual closely observing shoppers and noting their pin numbers when they are paying for goods in shops.

Shoppers are then followed and approached in car parks where they are distracted while their cards are stolen and then used elsewhere.

Most incidents involve theft from women's shoulder bags.

Gardaí say there is a marked increase in shoulder-surfing cases - customers are being encouraged to cover keypads when putting in their pin numbers and to be alert if you suspect you are being targeted.

Headline 2

3,000 AFFECTED GAS COOKERS STILL NOT LOCATED
The National Consumer Agency

The National Consumer Agency (NCA) today issued a further appeal to locate over 3,000 gas cookers which, in certain circumstances, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

For specified makes and models of gas cooker, with a separate oven and grill, operating the grill with the grill door closed can cause extremely dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to be produced, which can cause serious injury or death.

Arising from a media campaign on this issue in October, considerable progress has been made with almost 2,500 additional cookers located. However, 3,000 cookers, representing 40% of affected cookers sold, have yet to be located.

Ann Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the NCA, said: "Despite strenuous efforts by the Agency and the cooker companies, almost 3,000 affected cookers sold since 2003 have not been located. There have been at least six deaths to date in the UK and Ireland linked to this issue and we remain very concerned that so many affected cookers have not yet been located.

"There is a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the grill is operated while the door is closed. Particularly with the approaching Christmas period, with many people using cookers more than normal, we are again appealing to consumers to check their cookers today. People owning or staying in holiday homes / mobile homes etc are also reminded to check their cookers.

Anyone who might have one of these cookers should immediately contact the manufacturers to arrange for a modification to be made which is free of charge. It is essential that people use the cookers in accordance with manufacturers' instructions, do not use the cookers as heaters or for any other purpose than cooking.

Of those cookers which have been located, the cooker companies continue to experience difficulties in making arrangements to call to some consumers and make the required adjustment to affected cookers. The Agency urges all consumers with an affected cooker to take this issue seriously and make arrangements to have the refit carried out. People who may have concerns can also contact the NCA for information

The NCA is urging all consumers with gas cookers, including landlords and letting agents to:

. Check if their cooker is one of the makes / models affected (list attached)
. If so, contact the relevant manufacturer helpline numbers listed below to arrange for a FREE modification
. Under no circumstances operate the grill with the grill door closed - it must always be in the open position.
These appliances are designed for cooking purposes only and must not be used as a space heater or for any other purpose.

Further information and contact details of the manufacturers can be found in the Product Recalls section of ConsumerConnect.ie or call 1890 432 432.

Models affected:


Beko:
. Model number DCG8511WLPG
. DCG8511PLW
. DG581LWP

Flavel:
. DCGAP5LS
. AP5LDWP
. AP5LDW
. AP5LDSP

Leisure:
. CM10NRK
. CM10NRC

New World:
. 50TWLM SV LPG
. 50WLM WH LPG
. 50WLM SV LPG
. 50TWLM WH LPG

Arrange for a free safety inspection and modification:
. For Beko, Flavel and Leisure cookers, freephone 1800 25 29 25 (9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday)
. For New World cookers, freephone 1800 569 569 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday)


TAS Shopping Basket

Products:

1. Xmas Pudding (Approx 750gr)
2. Mince Pies (6 pack)
3. Xmas Crackers (12 pk)
4. Biscuits for Cheese (Approx 200gr
5. Fully Iced Xmas Cake (Approx 1200gr)
6. Box Wrapped Chocolates (Approx 400gr)
7. Wrapping Paper (Approx 5M)
8. Irish Country Cream Drink (Approx 70cl)
9. Mulled Wine (Approx 70cl)
10. Smoked Salmon (Approx 200gr)

Tina Leonard
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