Wairarapa News : February 1st 2012
18 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 NEWS Why pay more to print? If you are not refilling your printer cartridges, then you're not saving! 100% satisfaction guarantee Business accounts welcome Environmentally friendly 258B Queen Street Masterton Tel: 06 370 9358 Opposite Countdown 3836875AG 06-3704575 429 Queen St, Kuripuni, Masterton Theres a new SECOND HAND BOOKSTORE IN KURIPUNI EXCLUSIVE BOOKS Kids, Adults, Fiction, Non Fiction Monday Friday 8am 5pm Opp Pak n Save car park, Kuripuni 3584825AV Motorcyclists Skills Day Texas Street (off The Square) Martinborough Sunday 19th February 8.30am -- 1.30pm Professional Motorcycle Trainers take you through a set of challenging exercises and answer any riding questions you may have. Enquiries contact: Dave or Kerry Wairarapa Road Safety Council (06)3771379 firstname.lastname@example.org (in the case of bad weather this event will be cancelled) Stay Upright and Survive FREE SPOT PRIZES 4324709AA Accounting Ph 377 0541 • 027 592 6794 email@example.com www.makescents.co.nz New Year New Start New ACCOUNTANT? Do you think you are just treading water with your existing business or accountant? or in the process of launching yourself into a new business? Would working with an Accountant that sits down and talks with you and is not full of jargon make sense to you? Then start the New Year off with Makes Cents Accounting CALL US NOW. 3747449AF A WORD OF ADVICE Pay-to-bid auctions a risk An iPad for $150, a flash cam- era for $80? That s the prom- ise from some online auction sites but as with all things that sound too good to be true, it needs checking out a bit further. Penny auctions are a twist on online auctions. Instead of a usual auction where you only pay if your bid is the highest, these auctions mean you pay a small fee to bid on the auction. Each bid increases the price by a small amount, maybe 1c or 2c per bid. Each bid might cost $1. If you are the last person to bid then you get to buy the item, usually at a much lower price than the normal retail price. The upside is that you could end up getting a bargain but there are a few serious downsides. The first one is that it s a lot like gambling. You may end up spending lots on bids and not win. Or you could spend so much on bidding that you may end up paying more in total than the normal retail price. Most auctions also auto- extend each time a bid is placed, so the bidding can go on for a long time. Not all of the sites have clear information about their fees and rules. Consumers could be caught out with charges that they weren t expecting or auctions that extend after the bidding was supposed to close. Some of these penny auctions have been accused of using fake bidders to increase the price and to win auctions that haven t reached a profit- able level of bids. Many of these auctions are based overseas and different laws will apply. If something goes wrong with the goods you ve bought, you may not have the same rights as you do in New Zea- land and New Zealand enforcement agencies may not be able to investigate your complaint. Make sure you research the product you are bidding on, including the recommended retail price. Understand who you are dealing with, how their bid- ding process works and all the risks, including the possibility of bids being rigged. Set yourself a limit so that you don t end up spending more than you can afford. For more information about your consumer rights visit the consumer affairs website at consumeraffairs.govt.nz or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
January 25th 2012
February 8th 2012