Feature Articles 2020

12/01/2021 16:03:25 What You Need to Know About Charity Scams

During times of disasters, we get to see the best in people as many come together to garner resources to assist those who are affected. However, it is also during such times that certain opportunistic people may try to take advantage of the situation and benefit themselves at the expense of others. This usually comes in the form of charity scams.

12/01/2021 15:53:36 Sales and promotions during the festive season, what you should know

Big sales, big crowds, big profits – holiday shopping is big business. However, like most of 2020, holiday shopping this year will be anything but typical. Fueled by changes in customer preferences and economic situations as a result of the global pandemic and Tropical Cyclone Yasa, shopping may be different this year

12/01/2021 15:51:18 Making wise spending decisions this Christmas

As joyous as the Christmas season is, consumers must adapt to the “New Normal” while celebrating this year. Everything from our daily activities to special occasions have been disrupted—or canceled completely—because of the coronavirus pandemic, and shifts in our behavior and lasting financial consequences from layoffs, business closures, and more are sure to continue through the 2020 holiday season and beyond. If you thought figuring out how to save money during the holidays in a normal year was tricky, this year will be a whole other struggle.

12/01/2021 15:46:55 Combo Deals – Is it worth it?

Whether it is a white good combo deal at your local homeware shop, an internet-phone-cable bundle from your network service provider or an all-in-one computer package from an electronic store. Whatever the sector and whatever the product, combo deals are one of the most prevalent sales and marketing tactics employed by retailers.

12/01/2021 15:38:31 Pine Posts and Poles – what to consider before buying

Pine is among the most commercially important tree species valued for its timber and wood pulp across the world. In tropical regions or countries such as Fiji, they are fast-growing commercial softwoods and is grown in plantations for timber.

12/01/2021 15:19:12 Saving Money and the Environment this Diwali

With Diwali just days away, many seem to be in the mood to splurge. From shopping for gifts to renovating and decorating houses, everyone’s on toes with excitement. However, often expenses tend to get over looked during this excitement hence, consumers should take necessary steps in order to ensure that they enjoy this festivity as a responsible consumer.

12/01/2021 15:13:35 Go Green with Solar Panels

Did you know that the energy sun provides to the earth for one hour could meet the global energy needs for one year? Undoubtedly, the sun is a powerful energy source and even though we are not able to collect a fraction of this energy, yet y harnessing this power by installing solar panels can make a significant difference to the planet.

12/01/2021 14:53:29 Becoming a Comparative Shopper

As is the norm on every festive occasion, businesses advertise sales and specials to entice consumers to shop with them. Many consumers take advantage of these specials in the hopes of getting valued items at a cheaper price, saving a dollar or two in the process.

14/12/2020 11:06:44 Getting to Know Your Lay-by rights

Lay-by can be a cheap and convenient way to budget but you should be aware of the pitfalls.

14/12/2020 10:56:04 Non-delivery of Goods and Services

Consumers spend their time and resources looking for goods/services and upon making payments they expect the product to be delivered on time. However, at times businesses fail to deliver goods/services on time

14/12/2020 10:39:48 Sustainability is the Key to our Planets Future

Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet.

14/12/2020 10:26:31 Supermarket Hygiene a Growing Concern

The cleanliness of retail space can significantly affect customer experience. Consumer behaviour has changed over the years. Now, consumers look for retailers that go beyond the product and instead offer a whole shopping experience – providing an almost feel-good-factor that consumers want when shopping.

14/12/2020 09:49:45 Taking control of your consumer rights

From the internet to television, newspapers to billboards, and clothes, almost everything you see has some sort of advertisement. In modern day, understanding and taking control of your consumer rights is an asset.

14/09/2020 08:37:12 Choosing Your Internet Service Provider

Over the past several decades, mobile phones and internet has become an integral part of everyone’s lives all over the world. From purchasing items online to staying in touch with your loved ones, the role of mobile phones and internet seems limitless in this day and age.

14/09/2020 08:35:08 Contracts: Reading Between the Lines

Contracts have become an important part of conducting business and is instrumental in demarcating the responsibilities of the parties involved as well as to resolve any issues which arises.

27/08/2020 08:42:48 Joint Inspection by Landlords and Tenants

Rental accommodation has become a common means to obtain housing for thousands of Fijians as well as for expatriates and regional and international students. This has made rental accommodation a vital component of Fiji’s housing system.

27/08/2020 06:52:36 Dealing with Aggressive Selling

Any consumer can be caught off guard by persistent salespeople. Whether they follow you around in the shop, stop you in the street, or target you through texts, emails or phone calls, they can be very insistent and sometimes it is easy to end up buying goods or services you do not actually need.

14/08/2020 08:23:32 Choosing a health plan: What consumers should know?

Health Insurance is a product that covers a consumer’s medical expenses. Like auto insurance covers vehicles for when accidents occur, health insurance covers individuals who get sick or injured.

12/08/2020 11:03:20 Buying a home - what you need to know

There is more to buying a house than just the exchange of money. Buying a home for the first time can be a learning journey. There are terms to understand, strategies to grasp and sometimes even skills to learn. Many individuals save for years if not decades to be able to purchase a home. In that time, they would have figured out the design of the house, the number of rooms and even the location.

06/08/2020 16:45:27 Choosing sustainable vehicles

When choosing an ideal car, most consumers consider price, colour, specification and optional equipment. Not many consider or will want to check the vehicle’s emission ratings.

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