What are my consumer rights if a price decreases? (Australia)

I thought I would answer a question that I had recently, where I purchased and paid for a product, and then only a week later the product went on sale for lower. Unfortunately, there are no statutory consumer rights if the price decreases, unlike those for manufactures warranty, acceptable quality and fit for purpose. But thankfully, a lot of stores have very favourable return policies.

Many stores allow you to return a product if you simply change your mind, for example Ikea (WA) has a 90 day return policy, Super Amart a 30 day return policy, Big W a 30 day return policy on non-electrical items, Officeworks and Bunnings don’t have any time-limit on their returns. These are only a few examples. Now, generally, if stores offer these return policies, they generally understand that if the price decreases within this period, you should be entitled to a refund in the difference in price.

The reason for this is there is nothing stopping you from buying the product at the discounted price and then returning it on the older receipt with the higher price. The stores would probably prefer this as it means they get a returned product in original packaging.

For my recent transaction, after the store said they could not do anything about the price reduction, only when I explained I wanted to return the item and buy it at the lower price, they got the picture and put through a refund of the price difference.

 

How to pass the PMI Project Management Professional Certification PMP exam

Having recently passed my PMI PMP exam on the first try, I thought I would share my thoughts on how to also pass the PMP exam.

The resources

The resources I used were quite limited.

  • PMBOK – I read through once very early on when I was completing the 36 hours of coursework and never used it again.
  • PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy, was a key resource, and I’ll explain more on that shortly.
  • The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try by Andy Crowe, another key resource and very easy to read.
  • Head First PMP, Book by Andrew Stellman, an online recommendation with the other two resources, but I didn’t like the graphic format and didn’t get through the first chapter.
  • PMI PMP Exam Prep by Pocket Prep, Inc. android app, I used this more as a motivational tool and training reminders.

The questions

The PMP questions are all situational, and in my opinion the practise questions in the above resources a lot easier.

  • Plenty of network diagrams which were easy marks
  • Plenty of basic Earned Value questions, like given PV, EV and AC, what is the status of schedule and budget.
  • No ethics questions.
  • A lot of change control management questions.

The learning

Instead of memorising the process group and knowledge area map, I should have been memorising Rita Mulcahy’s process diagram. These would have helped significantly in the situation, especially for the planning domain which I was Moderately Proficient.

Airbnb coupon code new signup $45 AUD

Here is an Airbnb coupon code, get $45 AUD when you take a first trip of $100 AUD or more using my referral link below;

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You can also get $100 AUD when you welcome your first guest as a host.

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thydzik’s MAME cabinet update

After over a decade and the MAME cabinet collecting dust, I decided to rejuvenate my MAME cabinet once again.

First to go was the 26″ KORTEK color monitor, which was roughly 30 years old. I stripped out all the legacy IPAC and JPAC harness and went with a basic USB arcade decoder, the USB to Xin-Mo Arcade 2 players with 30 inputs.

I found the Asus VW266 26” Widescreen LCD Monitor, which was the perfect width for the cabinet.thydzik-mame-cab-2016-update

thydzik’s MAME cab

Hyundai does not recommend an engine flush during routine service

I recently had my Hyundai Tucson services with the Hyundai authorised dealer recommending an engine flush, even prior to inspecting the vehicle. An ‘engine flush’ clears the gunk out of your engine by pouring a chemical into the engine and idling. Due to the use of chemicals, it can possibly be damaging to modern car’s engines.

I was concerned due to no mentioned of an engine flush in the Hyundai Recommended Maintenance Schedules, so I contact Hyundai directly, this was their response:

I have been in contact with our technical department both locally and overseas and they have advised that Hyundai don’t recommend an [engine] flush at service.

Get the number of days in a year in Excel

Here is a quick post on how to calculate the number of days in a year given it in a standard date format. i.e. returns 365 except for 366 on leap years.

=IF(OR(MOD(YEAR(A85),400)=0,AND(MOD(YEAR(A85),4)=0,MOD(YEAR(A85),100)<>0)),366, 365)

Is a mobile phone steering wheel mount legal in Australia?

It is well known that mobile phones need to be “secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle” in Australia, but does a mobile phone secured in a mount affixed to the steering wheel, a “phone steering wheel mount”,  meet this requirement?Is a mobile phone steering wheel mount legal in Australia?

I emailed the Western Australia Road Safety Commission to clarify, and whilst it may meet the secured in a mount requirement it produces a number of additional problems.

The response is below.

Please be advised that, while it may meet the definition of a mounting for the purpose of the mobile phone regulations, there are a number of issues which are of concern. These include:

  • It may interfere with the deployment of the air bag;
  • It may become a projectile when struck by the airbag;
  • It obscures the instruments, notably the speedometer, or (if installed the other way up) the road ahead;
  • As it occupies such a large proportion of the steering wheel’s circumference it is our view that it does compromise proper control.

On this basis, I believe it would contravene vehicle standards regulations most notably Reg. 235(5) of the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 which covers changes or alterations to the body or equipment of a vehicle in a way that adversely affects the safe operation of the vehicle.

Simple timber patio design for side of house (pergola)

Having completed a recent pergola at the rear of my home, I thought I would share the timber patio design planning and design drawings which can be referenced when creating your own.

My pergola was attached to one side of my home’s wall on the existing roof’s fascia. Length was 12m and protruded 2.4m from the wall. It was a timber design due to the existing features.

Timber patio design materials, the timber:

  • QTY5, 90mm x 90mm x 2.4m H3 treated pine posts
  • QTY1, 190mm x 45mm x 12m H3 treated pine outer beam
  • QTY1, 120mm x 45mm x 12m H3 treated pine inner beam
  • QTY17, 120mm x 45mm x 2.4m H3 treated pine rafters
  • QTY5, 70mm x 35mm x 12m H3 treated pine batterns

Timber patio design materials, the fixings:

  • QTY5, 90mm galvanised stirrups
  • QTY12, galvanised fascia bracket/straps
  • QTY24, 60mm galvanised bolts and nuts for the fascia brackets/straps
  • QTY10, 120mm galvanised bolts and nuts for stirrups
  • QTY10, 100mm galvanised bolts and nuts for attaching beam to posts
  • QTY100, 75mm galvanises nails
  • QTY60, battern self-tapping screws

Timber patio design downloads: