Tagged: Consumers

We take the plunge… - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Sep 26, 2018

…and in the interests of scientific inquiry our household has a go at changing electricity retailers. Time, in short, to stop being the competition equivalent of an unmarried marriage counsellor, and actually use the tools available to increase competition in electricity retailing. We haven’t been averse to switching in the past, but I’d got disillusioned by the first wave of … Read More

Now you see it - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Apr 25, 2018

You want to buy a widget. Bugsy’s has the model you want, it’s $6. Malone’s also sells it, for $5. You may not know Malone’s got it cheaper, so you end up paying a dollar too much at Bugsy’s. But suppose Bugsy’s and Malone’s are required by the Prevent-A-Widget-Ripoff Authority to post their prices online?  With a moment’s search you … Read More

Competition and search in internet markets for used books - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Mar 02, 2018

A couple of years back in an email about my book The Theory of the Firm: An overview of the economic mainstream I wrote: The other thing I don’t get is the price dispersion. $180 at the book depository but $355 at the NZ based Mighty Ape website. Isn’t this internet thingy supposed to do away with price … Read More

Sciblogs goes shopping: new ‘Consuming Science’ Series - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 27, 2017

Science sells.  You don’t have to look far in the supermarket to see that advertisers have cottoned on to this fact. Technical sounding jargon, endorsements from experts and references to ‘clinically proven’ results are everywhere you look. Sometimes you just wish someone could cut through hype and give a clear steer on how best to spend … Read More

How your pile of laundry fills the sea with plastic pollution - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 06, 2017

Natalie Welden, Research Associate: Marine Pollution / Ecotoxicology / Microplastics, The Open University After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness of microplastic pollution has fortunately grown. There is now worldwide concern about tiny pieces of plastic litter that are having a harmful impact on marine species and habitats. Large plastic litter has already … Read More

It’s not just the ‘yuck factor’ that puts people off eating insects - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 10, 2016

By Jonas House, University of Sheffield There’s a lot of hype around edible insects. Insects are being championed as a healthy and sustainable alternative to conventional protein sources in Europe and the US, and “ento-prising” new products are appearing almost every week. Cricket-based cocktail bitters, anyone? Of course, these new bug-based foods aren’t for everyone. In … Read More

Consumer Doctors - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 26, 2010

Found this in my e-mail today Hi Jim, I remember reading a while ago that you thought a medical ratings website might be a good idea. Well found this on trademe forum the other day, looks like its going to be a reality? http://www.medrate.co.nz Thanks Steve Sadly for Steve, I am generally not that much in favour of medical [...] Related posts: … Read More