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The Checkout - Season 1 Episode 7

The customer may not always be right, but they always have rights. The Checkout, a new satirical consumer affairs show, aims to inform, entertain and empower the ordinary consumer. TICKETS Craig looks at the business of event ticketing to find out why he can't get tickets to the Taylor Swift concert, as The Checkout examines the allocation of concert and sporting event tickets and what impact scalpers and ebay have on instant sell-outs. PRODUCT VS PACKSHOT : PALAK PANEER Looks great on the outside, but what's on the inside? Thanks to viewer Anne Schillmoller for this week's recommendation, Maharajah's Choice Palak Paneer. If you've got a good product vs packshot like Anne post a photo on our Facebook wall. SPOILT FOR CHOICE : TOOTHPASTE Jules goes toothpaste shopping and finds the ridiculous amount of product differentiation is a real mouthful. Find out what's the best buy: Triple Action, Deep Action, Multi-Action, Five-in-One Action, Dissolvable Mini-Breath Strips, EnameLock, Micro-Cleaning Crystals, clinically proven Pro-Argin™, Novamin, ProNamel, Microactive Foam, Microactive Foaming Bubbles, or Iso-active Foaming Gel. Dr Mark Schifter, dental expert from the University of Sydney explains what really matters. Dr Mark Schifter's recommended reading: Toothpastes, Facts, Controversies and Concerns MILK, WHITE LIES & PERMEATE Kirsten heads to the farm to answer the question no-one's actually asking... what the hell is permeate? And why milk companies are now boasting that they don't use it. A LOAD OF RUBBISH Jules looks at Obsolescence... printers, razors, light-bulbs, washing machines and even Apples - products that are designed to be thrown away, and marketing that's designed to make you not want them. AS A GUILTY MUM : SAFE Kate Browne presents the Guilty Mum's guide to keeping your child dangerously safe -- from baby knee-pads, walking wings, infant protective safety hats, harnesses and even a GPS tracking device for kids. EXTENDED WARRANTIES Consumers are constantly being flogged extended warranties (especially for cars). Scott Abbot asks what they do and don't cover, and reveals what to say to people trying to sell them to you. The most important question to remember when you're offered an extended warranty is "What does this extended warranty give me that I don't get for free under the Australian Consumer Law?" IF I COULD SAY ONE THING : ALLAN FELS Professor Allan Fels, former ACCC Chair, outlines how to avoid "bill shock" when travelling overseas with smart phones or tablets. F.U. TUBE EPISODE 7 More video F.U.s from disgruntled Aussie consumers.
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