An ad for AirBnB in a New York Subway station. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/New York Times

Refund rigmarole over Airbnb cancellation In the middle of July, John Rogers booked a room in a B&B in Mullingar through Airbnb for the fo(...)

Argos Value dome
Value for Money

ARGOS TWO-PERSON DOME €12.99 We love the price of this tent, not least because we get it at the sale price (although even at its full price of (...)

Ssssssh: the atmosphere keeps kids quiet and the books keep them entertained. Above: the National Library. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 2:05

Free time is rarely free, and this is never more true than when you are trying to keep children entertained during the long days of summer. A trip (...)

Ready for electric cars?

(...) brief fling with an electric car”, Pricewatch, July 14th), she barely touches on the most dangerous(...)

Which brand will win the diet cola challenge?
Value for Money

ALDI €0.59 for 2 litres Aldi is pulling out all the stops to make us think this is a wonder product. First, we are told that it is not any (...)

‘This is its worst crime yet.” The crime in question is making us miss the start of one of Liverpool’s crucial Premier League games. The perpetrato(...)

You shall not pass: why is it so difficult to use mainstream debit cards at toll barriers? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For whom the toll doesn’t accept his debit card A reader called Mark was travelling from Dublin to Galway recently when he came across what he(...)

‘We love Lidl and shop there all the time, but they have really let themselves down,’ our reader says

Bitter aftertaste from Lidl’s handling of complaint A reader recently bought a ready-meal from Lidl, which he describes as inedible. “We compl(...)

Value for Money

OIL DRUM CHARCOAL WHEELS €67.49 This steel barbecue has a pleasingly old-school design, and, at this price, it is very good value for money. Be(...)

Alarm systems are common now in Ireland but many neglect the fundamentals of  physical security.

They say the best way to learn is through experience and this is certainly true when it comes to sensible shopping. When I first arrived in Dublin (...)