Consumer advocacy group CHOICE has named and shamed the items that it believes shoppers should avoid this Boxing Day.
After retailers struggled through what may be the weakest Christmas period for shopping since the global financial crisis, stores are hoping for strong Boxing Day figures.
But, the annual splurge might be put on hold for some big-ticket household items, with CHOICE naming its top-duds for the year.
The list of items to avoid includes a 55-inch Polaroid PL55UHDNF television and Panasonic’s 8.5kg Econavi top-loader washing machine.
“Despite our enthusiasm for bargains, the reality is this is a day where retailers often try to fob off the duds they couldn’t sell throughout the year,” Managing Editor at CHOICE Margaret Rafferty said.
“You can pick up a bargain, but research is everything.
“The good news is we can see Australians doing their research well before hitting the shops.”
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She said the list was released to prevent Australians from buying “expensive paperweights”.
“We wanted to make things easier this year, so we’ve released the CHOICE Boxing Day Cheat Sheet to help Australians avoid buying what they think is a bargain, but is actually an expensive paperweight.”
She said their research indicates Australian shoppers are also staying up late on Christmas night hunting the best bargains.
A full list of the products put on blast by CHOICE can be viewed here.