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Everything posted by MaxxPower

  1. The issue is that, even when it's recorded as no fault, it still results in an increase of premiums. I've no idea how insurers can say that someone driving into you with no fault whatsoever on your part somehow makes you more likely to have an accident in future.
  2. Why a small claim? You'd have been much better just making a chargeback claim. It would've been faster and significantly less hassle to yourself, and is far simpler than the Small Claims process. Who is your Small claim against? Amazon? Or the seller?
  3. I believe Apple themselves were the retailer in this case.
  4. I can't see any issues with this really, especially when it's available for free. Microchipping your dog is just common sense.
  5. I think Watchdog ran a story about a similar trick going around on AirBnB, with people advertising flats they didn't own and just copying pictures from Estate Agent websites, then trying to put people into hugely inferior flats instead.
  6. You can tell when an envelope is empty though and not even bother to open it. But feeling the weight of something inside that might be your completed form that came with the envelope....
  7. The best junk mail is the ones which come with pre-paid envelopes for you to reply to. Put junk mail from other companies into the pre-paid envelope and then post it. That way whoever the pre-paid envelope belongs to gets charged
  8. Which section are you referring to specifically? I can't see anything that would state it isn't an offence to drop a cigarette butt on the ground in a supermarket car park unless the owner has stated no littering on signage.
  9. No, but littering is illegal, that's the point. Dropping a cigarette butt on the ground = littering, that's why the fine was for littering, not smoking.
  10. The one that king linked to earlier, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/43/section/87 It makes no provision/exception for private land, merely that the land is accessible by the public. The only exception it makes is if the land is not accessible by the public. By that logic we should have "No murdering" signs on display everywhere and all houses should have a "No breaking and entering" sign on them.
  11. I don't see how "There's a lack of bins" can be an argument at all. If there's nowhere to dispose of a cigarette butt, don't smoke there. A cigarette butt should never be thrown into a normal bin anyway as it poses a fire risk. And I don't really see how you can say "fining without warning". It's the law, the fact that the law exists is the warning.
  12. Oh I agree that there is rules that products should last a reasonable length of time. The issue here though is that the failure occurred more than a year ago and it went unreported to the retailer. Can you go to the retailer, even if you're within that 5 years, and say "My laptop/tablet failed over a year ago and I'd like to have it fixed" ? I'd imagine that there is an expectation/requirement that failures are also reported inside of a reasonable timeframe, not more than a year after the fact.
  13. So the regulations aren't that they cannot issue a FPN on private land, only that they require permission of the land owner. Perhaps they have this? From the sounds of it Sainsburys aren't the land owner, they are merely tenants so they may not necessarily know that the land owner/landlord has given permission for people littering to be fined on their land. £60 may seem harsh but littering, especially people just throwing cigarette butts on the ground, is a major problem and the only way to drill the message into people to stop doing it is with harsh penalties.
  14. Legally speaking, no. The retailer is the one responsible, not the manufacturer. From a consumer point of view anyway. The exception would be if you purchased from the manufacturer directly. But again, after so long has passed since the failure I'm not entirely sure there's anything that can be done.
  15. Unfortunately you may have left it a bit too late now if the failure happened a year ago. At the time you certainly could have pushed for Currys to do something, but after so long has passed since the failure I'm not so sure.
  16. The VAT would be due one way or the other. You can possibly argue against the handling fee, I was able to get it waived by Fedex so that I only had to pay the VAT, but reading between the lines of their response I got the impression it was a one time deal and that since I was now aware of the handling fees they would be due next time.
  17. I really need to set up an 09 number that costs £1/minute to call and then start plugging it into every online survey and form I can find....
  18. Currys are under an obligation to repair it, even after 2 years, however there is a but. In order to exercise your rights, you'll need to get an independent report stating that the failure is down to a manufacturing fault rather than wear and tear, accidental damage, misuse, etc. You can usually get such a report from a local computer shop. The downside is that you will need to pay for this report up front yourself (Usually these cost around the £60 mark), however Currys will have to refund that if the report shows that it is indeed a manufacturing fault. Once you have the report, you can contact Currys, preferably in writing, providing them with a copy of the report and asking that they fulfil their legal obligations. Now, the choice of what to do next is up to Currys, and they will go down one of the following routes, 1) Replace the laptop (Unlikely given the age and the fact that Sony no longer manufacture laptops) 2) Repair the laptop (This depends on the type of failure and how much it will cost to fix. Again, this may be difficult as parts may not be in easy supply due to the manufacturer withdrawing from the laptop business) 3) Full refund (Extremely unlikely given the age, but strange things have been known to happen. If you did get a full refund of the £800 I'd expect it to be in vouchers rather than cash) 4) The most likely option, a partial refund with a deduction for 'enjoyment'. This means that they can refund you minus an amount for the use you've already had from the laptop, based on a reasonable lifespan. If we assume a laptop should be reasonably expected to last 5 years, then your refund would be expected to be in the region of £450-500. If Currys still refuse to play ball, then you'd send a LBA to Currys advising them that you expect them to either fulfil their legal obligations, or you'll be taking them to Small Claims court for the cost of the laptop. Don't make that threat unless you intended to follow through with it though, it's useless as an idle threat. Hopefully things wouldn't get that far though, but if they do we can give you more information when that happens
  19. People earning over £30,000 a year can get subsidised rent....? I can't say I have a problem with that stopping to be honest.
  20. I read about that one last week. It's to do with the Fingerprint sensor I believe. On the one hand, there's some logic to saying that an unauthorised replacement to the fingerprint scanner could be insecure. But in that case, the sensible approach would be to simply disable the ability of the fingerprint scanner to unlock/access anything secure. There's no need to disable the entire device.
  21. That's what happens when you focus entirely on making them thinner without giving any consideration to airflow. You can have all the fans in the world but they wont do diddly if the air can't get to the components
  22. It'll be interesting to see if other people may pursue similar claims in future. Yes, purchasers from now wouldn't be able to claim anything in regards to the impact resistance, but anyone who purchased it prior to them making the change could quite possibly make the same claim if they face the same issue going forward.
  23. 36" is the minimum requirement? Wow, can't say that 3 feet exactly sounds like a wide space for a supermarket aisle. You'd have to institute a one way system at that kind of width.
  24. Sainsbury's had a mobile network? This is the first I've heard of it.
  25. Yeah it's weird that they make it cheaper to have a phone line and internet line than to just have the internet line. I've never understood why they do it, nor ever gotten an answer from Virgin Media themselves on why that's the case. Whether you have the phone line or not, the internet line that goes in is exactly the same.
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