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AirNZ Travel Insurance Scam

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I have blogged HEAPS about AirNZ and 99% of the time I am very positive about it.

However as pointed out by Lance Wiggs on his blog, AirNZ’s new (well re-applied) policy of having insurance added automatically on all domestic flights (ie opt-out) is as close to a scam as I can think of from a major NZ company.

As I said in my email to AirNZ today:

The new policy of having insurance added automatically on Domestic bookings is VERY VERY annoying.

Having to write to you about it is also a waste of my time (can you tell I am annoyed?)

I like 99% of what AirNZ does – and I am normally a major fan.

To me this practice is close to being a scam.  Please change it.

This one is simple – insurance, like any add on should be opt-in not opt-out.  Lance says it so much better that I do (and explains it real well), so read his post on it too if you wanna know more.

The more I think about it the more it annoys me, and IMHO breaches Fair Trading Act rules about deceptive conduct around pricing.  At the very least its dodgy, and AirNZ is normally so good.

You can send AirNZ feedback here, but make sure you hit “send anyway” when they try to take you to this page to explain why insurance is automatically added.

Black and White Version: BAD AirNZ.  Change your insurance opt-in practice, and now please.

PS: I would love to challenge them in the Disputes Tribunal with a I didn’t know I was buying it tactic.  I think I would win, since its not a reasonable expectation of the price to add something on.

PPS: If you have booked travel with insurance and change your mind you have 14 days (as long as you haven’t flown or claimed yet)

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Google Ads (adsense) – my 1st block

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One of the nice features about AdSense by Google is that it allows certain ads to be blocked, either by type, or, in my case below, from a particular domain.

I have just blocked www.bidrivals.com (I don’t want to link to them since that’s really an ad isn’t it?), because, well IMHO opinion it’s a scam site.  Advertising an iPad with an auction closing in 10 seconds for $2.50 may SEEM like an amazing deal, but to me it has all the hallmarks of a scam.  I just read some of their fine print, and it looks like you buy bids (@ 90c each), and then bid on what looks like super cheap stuff.  So they make their money from the BIDS not the sale, so, well yeah – SCAM (IMHO).   So yeah, I either just said some bad stuff about a legit site, or more likely, I just expressed my correct opinion about a scam site, and as a result blocked them from showing on any Google Ads on this blog.

I may not be able to vet each ad that comes from Google, but I will be sure to block the real bad ones that I spot!

PS: Looks like the changes take a few hours, so if you are reading this on Thur 29th July, ignore any ads offering iPads for $2 :-)

Black and White Version: Google AdSense allows for ad blocking – I just blocked my 1st one.  BYE BYE Scammers!

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2010-16-04 1-day scam Bluetooth car kit

1-day pricing very misleading

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You may have noticed a proliferation of limited offer for 24 hours type web sites, often having only a handful (sometimes as few as one) product for sale at a super reduced price for a very short time.

Well the idea is fine, but unfortunately one of these sites in New Zealand is just plain misleading with their claimed discounts, using inflated retail prices to show discounts that aren’t there.

My mate Anton did some digging and came up with the follow comparisons for 1-day.

First of all this one on 27th May 2010 selling Jet Planes (lollies, or as Americans call em – candy).

Implying a normal price of $52.95 is just misleading, as it could be purchased from another store for $20.97 at their REGULAR prices.  Click on the image on the right to see more detail.

As Anton explains:

It looks like they 1-day seem to take the price of the most expensive configuration or store and call it their Why pay price. I calculated the regular price of 20 x 200Gram bags at $53.80 on www.woolworths.co.nz.

In my view this is misleading.  All they are showing in this example is how one can get discount for buying a larger bag, not an actual reduction in price.

If 1-day are relying on the Why Pay as simply a comparison, and not the actual regular price others charge, then why not just make up any number.  Why not say: “Why pay $200 for a can of baked beans when you can buy it here for $2″.  Misleading rubbish I say!

Here’s another example from April 2010

In this case the product was sold cheaply, but the supposed discount was not as great as it would first appear.  Two major retailers (Dick Smith and Noel Leeming) had regular retails prices well below the Why Pay rate.

Anyway, it’s a pity, since many of the 1-day prices are quite good and are below retail, it’s just they are not THAT much below retail at times, and unless you know the regular price you might be included to grab it now (they push the “stock running low” thing a lot) when there wasn’t that much of  saving in the first place.

So the moral of the story is don’t believe everything you see online, and do your own checking (Google does a great job of that) to check prices.  In face in New Zealand pricespy also has a great search function for certain products (mainly electronic) so you can compare prices for a product at almost every major retailer in NZ.

Here are some other useful limited super special sites in New Zealand:

Black and White Version: Be aware of inflated prices to show discounts that aren’t there.  Do your homework before buying anything.

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Earthwise Valley Scam – DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

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DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER DANGER!

Public service announcement: The business know as Earthwise Valley, which proports to offer investment in a eco-friendly New Zealand site, is just a scam.

FairGo first reported it, which was followed up by KiwiBlog and then Lance Wiggs. Full details there, but the my black and white version below says enough.  (PS: Spread the word!)

Black and White Version: Earthwise Valley is a scam, stay away.  You have been warned.

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