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Friday 2 December 2016

Expiry date move is welcome, now it's time to tackle monthly fees

vouchers

Gift voucher
Gift voucher

I'm glad new consumer laws to ban expiry dates on vouchers are being considered. It can be very annoying to present a voucher in a shop only to be told that you had to use it within six months.

There's no excuse for this, as the retailer has already been paid in full. Sadly the laws won't ban the practice of charging monthly fees on vouchers over 12 months old.

A number of shopping centres, including Dundrum and Blanchardstown, do this and it can mean that delaying your spend means your voucher is worthless.

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