Hottest Deals

July 29

New Tax Laws on GST to Include Overseas Purchases under $1,000

Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 7:59 AM

Our special Australia tax, inflated pricing and costly services are all a factor of our country’s proximity to the rest of the world. If that wasn’t enough, retailers are now fighting for what they believe to be a more level playing field by forcing online shoppers to pay more for foreign goods. The existing rate that you may be aware of is that anything over $1,000 is liable for 10% GST. A two-day meeting at the Australian Council of Governments (COAG) witnessed leaders the industry and our country debate over GST being ‘modernised’ to include items under the value of $1,000.

New Tax Laws on GST to Include Overseas Purchases under $1,000

NSW Premier, Mike Baird said that this debate was aimed at “effectively bringing the current system into the modern age” . The council also discussed other areas of GST at the COAG on Thursday 16th July and didn’t rule out making additional changes as and where they saw appropriate for modernisation purposes. It would finally appear as though Australian retailers are getting what they have been requesting for years, but how will this affect your pocket?

Read the rest of this entry »


July 28

Telstra Scam Adds to $45 Million Already Stolen in 2015

Posted by on July 28, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Telstra customers were hit last week by a scam that meant 22,000 of them were sent fake bills stating that they had overpaid. In the email they received was a link which they were instructed to use in order to get a refund. Copies of the emails have alarmed Telstra with just how similar their format and layout looks to the original versions which the company actually sends to its customers. Telstra National Security advisor Rachael Falk said, “Criminals are out in force, customers need to be on high alert for these online scams.”

Telstra Scam Adds to $45 Million Already Stolen in 2015

If you or anyone you know uses Telstra then make sure they are aware this is happening at the moment. A useful tip is that the fake emails can be distinguished by the absence of a ‘$’ sign to indicate the amount of money they have supposedly paid twice and is available for a refund via the scam email link.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 27

ALDI Dominates Ratings with the Happiest Customers and Lowest Prices

Posted by on July 27, 2015 at 8:10 AM

After all the speculation and hype around ALDI earlier in the year, things have finally all fallen into place for the brand. If you didn’t believe it before then these latest results will surely sway your mind. Bringing power to the people through surveys and questionnaires is a way to deliver honesty around how they really feel and it appears in this instance, we Australians are rejoicing over ALDI.

ALDI Dominates Ratings with the Happiest Customers and Lowest Prices

The German owned supermarket chain was recently dubbed the best supermarket in Australia for a second year running according to customer satisfaction research conducted by Canstar Blue. ALDI was awarded 5 stars in four of the eight categories after 3,000 shoppers were surveyed.  The most interesting fact was that nearly 23% of all shoppers have changed their supermarket chain within the past 12 months in order to browse through ALDI’s aisles instead.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 24

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 4)

Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Freebie Friday has to be one of my favourite days of the week. And this week it’s not just the usual moisturisers and Toluna giveaways, as we also have some really useful free parking offers from Secure Parking and even some free maternity underwear from Huggies.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 4)

Today I bring to you freebies from the likes of Toluna, Nescafe, L’Oreal, Huggies and Secure Parking in Melbourne. If you spot anything you like, simply hit the link to get directed straight to the website to make your free order.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 24

Reasons to Avoid Using Amaysim Plans Abroad over Other Telco SIM-only Plans

Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 8:11 AM

In a recent post that I wrote regarding international data charges for tablet users, something significant that my research uncovered was the extortionate rates being charged by Amaysim. To reiterate, I found that consuming 1GB of data while abroad with them would cost you a staggering $23,000!

Reasons to Avoid Using Amaysim Plans Abroad over Other Telco SIM only Plans

This got me thinking about what other Australian telco’s were charging by comparison. Seasoned travellers often try to get the cheapest data rates by picking up a local SIM from the country they’re visiting, allowing them to pay local data usage rates when not in a wifi zone. However, hunting around for a shop selling SIM cards in unfamiliar surroundings, not to mention potentially doing so in a foreign language too, can often be a major hassle. As such I’ve decided to look at what the other domestic telco’s in Australia are charging for international data packs on on their SIM-only plans.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 23

How Will the New eSIM Partnership between Apple and Samsung Change Your Mobile Experience

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 8:36 AM

The Financial Times recently brought us a story about the two technology giants, Apple and Samsung collaborating over a new form of SIM card. The two companies have apparently agreed to work together on designing and developing a new common architecture standard for an electronic SIM (Subscriber Identity Module). This new generation of SIM would replace its physical / plastic older brother.

How Will the New eSIM Partnership between Apple and Samsung Change Your Mobile Experience

The new concept in the tech giant’s eyes would allow us, the users to easily switch between network carriers without having to switch SIM cards. The Financial Times stated it would, “fundamentally change how consumers sign up to mobile operators.” Although the transition seems like a smart way to move forward technologically, is the change necessarily a good thing for the consumers pockets overall? Are mobile plan prices likely go up as the power shifts from network providers to phone-makers?

Read the rest of this entry »


July 22

The next Fashion Frontier: Clothes and Accessories You Don’t Even Choose Yourself

Posted by on July 22, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Fashion has always been about expressing oneself through what one believes to be stylish and contemporary. However, this is now being challenged by the emergence of a new fashion trend. One that I believe is likely to seem like a dream come true to for many men and a massive time saver for women. If the sound of online shopping where you can’t see what you are buying seems a bit too abstract, then this might not be for you. But, as online shopping has changed the norm of acquiring new clothes, so too might “mystery delivery shopping”.

The next Fashion Frontier: Clothes and Accessories You Don’t Even Choose Yourself

Stylishly savvy companies across westernised countries have begun a new type of service called mystery deliveries. Once you sign up, these companies will send you a box of specially chosen clothes, beauty products or accessories straight to your front door every month. Basic companies will send you standard offerings, whilst more sophisticated businesses ask their customers about dress size, style, appearance, taste and perfect piece examples. Then you simply keep what you like from the box and return what you don’t.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 20

Amcal Unable to Defend Top Australian Pharmacy Ranking According to Canstar Report

Posted by on July 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Canstar Blue is a customer satisfaction research and ratings business that launched in 2010. Their main purpose is to help customers make better purchasing decisions based on independent research that they conduct. The company focuses on product and service excellence and aims to mouth the real voice of customers through quantitative research.

Amcal Unable to Defend Top Australian Pharmacy Ranking According to Canstar Report

Buckscoop’s alignment with this school of thought is what spurred me to write about the company which Canstar selected based on their reviews of pharmacies in Australia that customers were most satisfied with. Their research takes into account things like value for money, range of health products, pharmacist availability and advice provided. So hopefully the next time you decide to stop by a pharmacy, you’ll at least be armed with the knowledge of which one in particular will be offering you the best service at the best price based for your particular needs.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 17

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 3)

Posted by on July 17, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Its Friday again guys and all is not right in the Australian news this week. The scandalous behaviour from the likes of Andrew Nikolic and Helen Polley using taxpayers money for private helicopter flights simply isn’t acceptable. Well, now it’s your turn to get something and pay nothing as our Robin Hood style freebie hunters have picked out a number of samples and giveaways from various companies that you can take advantage of this week.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 3)

This Friday our freebie loot holds some gems from Toluna, Rexona, Spotify, BWS and the Google Play Store.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 16

Jet.com Launches Next week to Rival Amazon after Raising $220 Million

Posted by on July 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Jet.com is a new wholesale shopping start-up, which is creating waves in the market place. A recent round of venture capital funding witnessed the company raise $220 million in efforts to empower the company to take on the e-commerce giant Amazon. Jet.com last month launched in Beta for 10,000 insiders to test out its new platform. I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering why a company would want to try and take on Amazon, one of the largest online stores in existence today.

Jet.com Launches Next week to Rival Amazon after Raising $220 Million

Jet promises to offer prices 10% to 15% lower than anywhere else online, including Amazon. Their business model allows for products to be up to 8% cheaper straight of the mark. Customers will then be rewarded with discounts if they combine multiple orders into single shipments, waive the ability to return an item or use their debit instead of their credit card. Find out more regarding Jet and what CEO Marc Lore has in store before their launch in T-minus 5 days.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 15

Clarifying Misconceptions about Building Your Own Computer for Less Money

Posted by on July 15, 2015 at 8:03 AM

In a time before we had mass production of hardware and computer components, it may have been easier and certainly cheaper to build your own computer if you wanted a specific set up. Before our world became infatuated with computers and the Internet, a humble computer enthusiast could have saved hundreds of dollars by sourcing components and building a computer from scratch. Since the dot-com boom, however, companies have excelled in providing cheaper and more powerful pre-built computers.

Clarifying Misconceptions about Building Your Own Computer for Less Money

As productions costs have decreased, better deals for more affordable hardware have increased. The likes of Microsoft, Samsung, Dell and Lenovo have rapidly expanded their computer product ranges whilst individual component prices have risen. Question is, with more competitiveness in the market is it still more cost effective to build your own PC or are you better off buying an off-the-shelf product.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 14

Sydney 5 Attraction Pass Can Save Parents $200 on Top Family Attractions

Posted by on July 14, 2015 at 8:04 AM

This year Sydney made the cut for Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Worldwide Destinations, but it’s not just couples and singles that are likely to be encouraged to visit the city after reading about this achievement. Sydney is actually one of the best cities to visit with kids too meaning parents should also consider putting it on their list of “places to visit in 2015″. Occupying the children is a full time job therefore it always pays to know where the best attractions are so that you can all get away for a little family treat. 

Sydney 5 Attraction Pass Can Save Parents $200 on Top Family Attractions

If you really want to ‘wow’ your kids and show them a fantastic day out, then the following attractions will surely make you the coolest parent around. Even better, if you want to entertain them for a series of weekends or possibly over the course of their school holidays, then the Sydney 5 Attraction Pass that I’ll discuss first will give you just that. Buying this pass gives you entrance to 5 top attractions over the course of a 30-day period and will also save you money at the same time.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 13

The 5 Most Affordable Travel Comparison Websites Out there

Posted by on July 13, 2015 at 8:12 AM

Winter has a knack for casting people’s minds further afield to greener pastures. Cold weather, grey skies and a lower morale often trigger our human holiday mode to kick in and we start wishing to get away from it all. Travel is big business and with so many websites to book through online it’s very easy to become inundated with choice when executing a simple Google search.

The 5 Most Affordable Travel Comparison Websites Out there

If you are thinking about getting away for business or pleasure, then make sure you don’t get stung with over inflated prices on flights, hotels or transport. Plan your next trip with the following websites that have been recognised by fellow globetrotters to offer great software, journey options and affordable pricing. Across the net there are many favourites, but these five websites that come out on top through general popularity can be used to save you more than most on your travels.

Read the rest of this entry »


July 11

Apple iOS 8.4 Update Hits Australian Shores with Apple Music

Posted by on July 11, 2015 at 9:40 AM

The majority of Australian Apple customers were pretty excited last week in anticipation of the launch of it’s latest operating system update, iOS 8.4. The update hit our shores at 1am on Wednesday 1st July 2015. Generally they’re a big deal as they usually bring a load of new features and bug fixes to Apple users that improve their experiences with the products, but this time it brought Apple Music along too.

Apple iOS 8.4 Update Hits Australian Shores with Apple Music

Besides wanting to know more about the Apple Music update, I’m sure many of you will also be interested to see whether Apple has put anything into the software in anticipation of the iPhone 6s release. Well, you’ll just have to keep reading to find out…

Read the rest of this entry »


July 10

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 2)

Posted by on July 10, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backwards and this is one of the reasons that they are on the Australian coat of arms. Using this same philosophy Buckscoop will not be walking backwards on our commitment to providing you with your weekly freebies especially as they keep on getting better and better.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (July Week 2)

This week our selection of freebies is looking very enticing with another interesting variety on offer. For you to enjoy this Friday we have products from the likes of Advance Pet Food, Google Play, Parampara, Toluna and JM Ocean Avenue.

Read the rest of this entry »