Flash-Mob Meets Bait And Switch?

There’s a news item on the Beeb about a European scheme to encourage mass energy supplier switching. I have to say I’m not convinced by these schemes. To me it’s a bit like a lemmings flash-mob running head first into a bait and switch scheme which will always be funded by other consumers paying over the odds….

Hi Energy

There’s an interesting poll on Slashdot that asks what people are paying for their electricity per kWh(kilo-watt hour). There seems to be a wide latitude of energy prices across North America and that contrasts starkly with the sort of cartel-a-like prices we seem to pay in the UK though it’s not an entirely accurate picture…

The lesser known UK energy providors

CITY FOCUS: Upstarts take on Big Energy as Huhne plans to make switching between accounts easier  Curious statement of Tariff prices here.Why do we always base likely costs on a one-size-fits-all average total cost? Does it take into account standing charges (if any)?.Why not show three averages including low energy user, average and high energy…

Paying A Premium For The Familiar?

Landlines. I often wonder how long many will put up with them in the face of ubiquitous mobile phones and voip services but seemingly many can’t give up the habit of the familiar. British Telecom in the UK are to increase the cost of daytime calls to 7.95 pence per minute excluding the connection charge…

‘Ethical’ Co-op Offering Gas And Electricity Alternative In The UK

The Co-operative are relative newcomers to the UK energy supplier market but are a welcome alternative to the ongoing dominance of the big six suppliers. No Shareholders Being the co-op they have no shareholders, offer money back for co-op members and are attempting to be ethical and transparent. It’s hard to be a small energy…

Who Pays For Banking?

more about “BBC News – Banks win Supreme Court ca…“, posted with vodpod UK banks have won their appeal at the supreme court over the matter of unfair bank overdraft charges. David Buick, market analyst with inter-dealer brokers, BGC Partners was interviewed on BBC radio this morning following news of the judgement. Whilst he did…

Consumer Item Limbo

“For the love of God give me my item”. The man in front of me in the queue at the Argos store had finally lost his patience. His number called as ready for collection long ago he had watched as his item moved from dispatch hatch to shelf and then seemingly to literal limbo. His…