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✨ COMPETITION ✨ What consumer myth, misconception or misinformation would you like busted?


#1

We debunk a lot of myths in the CHOICE Community, so we decided to start a new category to solve the enduring consumer conundrums once and for all. We’re here to bust commonly held misconceptions, myths and misinformation that can cause consumers all sorts of problems while answering your burning questions.

To celebrate the launch of our new category, CHOICE is offering five $100 vouchers of your choice (or cash equivalent) to the best BS busters in the CHOICE Community. Any forum member can enter, just leave a reply to a question we post in this category and we’ll mark the solution. At the end of the competition period in June, we’ll choose our top five BS busters and award the prize.

Have a myth, consumer problem or question idea? Post it in the comments below and we’ll add it to the MythDefied category for busting (and don’t worry, you can provide a reply to your own submission).


CHOICE ‘Consumer MythDefied’ competition
Full terms and conditions

Company: CHOICE – 57 Carrington Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Commences: 28th March, 2018 (AEDT)
Concludes: 8th June 2018 (AEDT)
Total estimated Promotion Value: $500
Total number of possible Promotion Prizes: 5

Eligibility

To be eligible you must:
* be a permanent resident of Australia,
* be aged 18 years or over, and
* not be employed by CHOICE, one of our Board members or be an immediate family member of someone who works at CHOICE.

How to enter the competition:
1. This competition is a game of skill.
2. You can enter the competition by leaving a reply and busting a myth in the ‘Consumer Myth Busters’ category on https://choice.community/
3. When submitting a nomination, you agree to these terms and conditions (see below) and
agree to a CHOICE staff member contacting you if we need more information about your
nomination.
4. Any cost associated with accessing the competition website is your responsibility and is
dependent on the internet service provider you use.

Terms and conditions of entry
1.CHOICE reserves the right to check each submitted entry and to delete or deny any entry
that we think is incomplete, a duplicate, indecipherable, illegible, or that may be offensive
or inappropriate to the game of skill criteria.
2. The terms and conditions of the Community forum apply, including in regard to privacy.

Determination of competition winners and their prizes
1. At the end of competition period, a judging panel will choose five entrants who have had a reply marked as a ‘solution;’ to receive a $100 voucher of your choosing (or cash equivalent).
2. The prize winners will be chosen at CHOICE’s premises, being 57 Carrington Rd,
Marrickville, NSW 2204.
3. The prize winner must be contactable within 7 days at the email address provided on their CHOICE Community account. If CHOICE can’t contact the winner within 7 days, then a new winner may be selected. CHOICE reserves the right to forfeit the prize or select a new winner in the event of an entrant not claiming the prize.
4. The total prize value is correct as of 14/03/18.
5. Prizes are not exchangeable, transferable or redeemable for cash. CHOICE’s decision is final.
6. Only prize winners will receive written notification.


Does phosphorus kill plants?
What is the difference between phosphorus and phosphate?
Which cook tops are more energy efficient?
True or false - You can never really delete your Facebook data
True or false? Expensive cables for your TV will improve viewing quality
Is it more economical to leave the air-con on?
The large size pack is always cheaper (?)
Frequent flyer & Loyalty points - are they 'worth it'?
True or false - Choosing quality solar PV system is a guessing game
Do chargers use power when plugged in but not in use?
No refunds signs are illegal
It's best to buy your hospital and extras cover with the same fund?
True or False - You can only register landline numbers on the government's Do Not Call Register
Superfoods - do they exist?
How long do running shoes last?
It's impossible to know which insurers to trust
Ghost bills, fines and applications - best to ignore them?
Fighting a parking fine is not worth the effort?
Getting a flu shot will make me sick?
Robot vac vs regular - who wins?
Should I buy cans with a dent?
Health star ratings give an easy indicator of a product's nutrition
Do weight loss teas work?
How effective are sonic animal deterrents?
Dishwashers vs hand washing - which is the most efficient?
How long does sunscreen last in normal use?
Do glass cutting boards blunt knives?
Do solar panels work best when the sun shines?
Does phosphorus kill plants?
#3

How about, "Does phosphorus which is often present in cleaning products kill plants and therefore grey water should not be used on the garden?


#5

I think there is some confusion here between Phosphorus, a chemical element, and Phosphate, which is the common inorganic form of Phosphorus, which is present in the natural environment. :grin:


#6

Nice one @Airsie, this is going in as a new question :wink:


#7

Thanks to everyone for all the myth busting so far, some great answers and discussions. I’ve awarded some BS Buster badges to those providing a solution. We’re looking for the best BS Busters, and the more solutions you post, the more chances we’ll have to decide who is the ultimate at dispelling common myths and solving consumer problems.

Keep the ideas flowing, I’ll update the questions steadily as we go, and whether you’re a regular contributor or not, don’t be afraid to improve on existing answers or to share your opinion on a particular myth :thumbsup:


#8

Bust this… That the justice system actually has anything to do with justice.
Of course it depends on interpretation but I’m sure most of us would think that the word Justice, when used in law would mean “the quality of being fair and reasonable” and not " the administration of the law or authority".
The cost of legal is astronomical so it is a misrepresentation that is is Just.
Thoughts?


#9


It always pays to be a loyal customer
#10

WINNERS :tada:

After collectively uncovering the facts about 30 tricky consumer myths, we have found our BS Busting competition winners. These five winners solved the most myths and also did so offering clear explanations and helpful advice. The following Community members will receive a $100 voucher (or cash equivalent) of their choice:

@grahroll
@syncretic
@gordon
@meltam
@phb

Please get in touch with a private message with your prize preferences. We’ve had a lot of fun so far busting myths and we’ve barely even scratched the surface, so we’re opening up the category to everyone. Now you can post a consumer myth that you’d like to see busted, so if you’ve heard of an issue that needs unpacking or you know a consumer story that just won’t go away, please post it for the attention of the CHOICE Community BS Busters.

Thanks to everyone who participated!