Feature Articles 2017

29/11/2017 10:07:32 Choose Ethical Lawyers

Not everyone can be legal experts hence, when ordinary consumers want assistance related to legal matters, they seek the services of legal practitioners

29/11/2017 10:03:42 Tenants and their responsibility

The Consumer Council of Fiji has innumerable times spoken out on issues pertaining to landlord and tenancy.

29/11/2017 09:58:57 Understand what you sign - Hire Purchase Agreements

Purchasing household items is no longer a far-fetched dream for consumers as Hire Purchase (HP) companies tend to offer lucrative deals with affordable interest rates.

14/11/2017 12:56:01 Part 2- Response to Mr Narube’s article on the E-Ticketing System

This article is a continuation of the council's response to Savenaca Narube's article on "Poor carry the cost" published in The Fiji Times on 21/10/17.

14/11/2017 12:52:31 Part 1- Response to Mr Narube’s article on the E-Ticketing System

The Consumer Council of Fiji would like to respond to the article by Savenaca Narube on “Poor carry the cost” published in the Fiji Times on 21/10/17. From his article it is very clear that Mr. Narube is ill informed and his analysis lacks depth.

14/11/2017 12:51:32 Unscrupulous Mechanics

Majority of mechanics are good, but everyone’s heard a story or two that can make leaving your car with a mechanic a scary ordeal.

14/11/2017 12:49:19 Health Insurance Woes

How would you feel if despite undertaking a Health Insurance policy and paying all the required premiums, you are unable to claim it when the need arises? To make it worse, you do not have any options to take any action against the insurance provider.

14/11/2017 12:47:31 CHASER HABITS

'Taki', 'mix' and 'baby mix' are some common words used by kava drinkers in Fiji. Consumption of kava is seen as a mode to relax after a hard day's work and to socialise with friends and family during social gatherings.

14/11/2017 12:46:56 Airbnb Complaint

Vacation is the time of the year which people tirelessly plan to ensure that their vacation takes place without any hassle. Planning in advance not only provides peace of mind, but also saves money, making it a lot easier to enjoy.

14/11/2017 12:43:58 Vehicle Number Plate Dilemma

Buying a vehicle brings a sense of pride to the owner. They know that a vehicle will make their travelling easier and ultimately fetch a good price when it is sold off. Hence, when purchasing a vehicle, consumers pay attention to factors which will ensure their vehicle is marketable in the years to come. No consumer wishes to invest thousands of dollars on a vehicle which will not have a resale value few years down the line.

14/11/2017 12:40:52 Scrutinise loan interest rates

Is it worth taking a loan that charges 30 percent interest rate?

14/11/2017 12:40:25 Importance of spare car key

Buying a vehicle is one of the most important financial decision a person can make in his or her life. However, consumers when purchasing vehicles, tend to overlook significant aspects of the product.

14/11/2017 12:31:29 Scrutinise your Driving School

Knowing how to drive and having a license is an essential requirement in people’s life. Whether it is for business or personal use this often involves seeking the services of a driving school.

18/08/2017 08:39:36 Placing Orders Online

Nowadays, consumers prefer online shopping when it comes to purchasing goods simply because it is convenient with the click of a button. Whether you are looking for a holiday package, air tickets, pair of shoes, kitchen and home wares, clothes, specialist food items or the fairy tale bridal dress for wedding - you can buy them all online without having to visit shops and malls.

11/08/2017 08:36:18 Buying Second Hand Electronic Goods

Purchasing a second-hand or used electronic good can be risky. This is due to the simple reason that the item has gone through considerable wear and tear by the previous users and the consumer may not know whether they are paying a high price for the used item.

04/08/2017 08:32:59 Entertainment Facilities Must Be Safe

Leisure time means family time and in order to spend quality time with loved ones, consumers tend to pick on activities which give them enjoyment. It is a fact that cinema is a common and growing form of entertainment. Fortunately, there are numerous cinema outlets in towns and cities which consumers can resort to for quality family time and entertainment.

28/07/2017 16:52:35 Refund of rental bonds

Urban drift has caused significant pressure on residential housing in urban areas of Fiji over the years. There is an insufficient supply of houses in the market to meet the increased demand for accommodation. Consequently, housing prices have increased to such an extent that it is no longer possible for many people to purchase their own home. Instead, people resort to renting suitable accommodation, causing rental charges to also increase significantly.

21/07/2017 14:48:16 Need for Effective Monitoring under Restaurant Grading System

It is common practice for consumers to eat out in restaurants when visiting towns and cities. Every individual enjoys having a hot plate of authentic dishes ranging from Chinese, Indian or i-Taukei dish from restaurants time and again

13/07/2017 15:30:38 Baby Car Seat Expiry

Not many consumers may know for a fact that baby car seats come with expiry dates. Some may not even know that the baby seat they are using is usable or has already exceeded its product life cycle. Particularly, in cases where the baby car seat has been passed down between friends and families, it may have expired already.

05/07/2017 10:36:38 Scrutinize the courier services available

Time and again consumers engage the services of courier service providers to transport items from one location to the other. This is primarily in events where consumers are unable to safely transport their belongings on their own or cannot physically deliver parcels to their loved ones.

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