For many people, online shopping is something fun and convenient. But for addicts like Marie*, the fun stopped a long time ago - but she couldn't. She buys at least one new item a day, racking up what she says is a "huge amount of debt" across three credit cards, and has taken out two loans. How a gambling addiction started with a single bet Addiction and gambling: the dark side of video games "I used to feel good about it, I used to enjoy it," she told The Project. "I used to upload [her purchases] onto Instagram, Snapchat people about them. But now I just put them in the garage or hide them away in my wardrobe." Her shopping addiction began as a way to fight boredom while she was recovering from a physical illness. Makeup and clothes are her biggest weaknesses. "I scroll through Instagram and every third thing I see is a new place for me to buy makeup, a new place for me to buy clothes." Compulsive shopping is a disorder that provides a physical rush, similar to that of drugs and … [Read more...] about Online shopping addiction: One woman’s daily struggle
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YOU might soon be able to pay for your online shopping without using your card. Natwest has begun trialling a technology which eliminates the process of entering credit or debit card details every time customers are shopping online, using bank transfers instead. The fast-track payment system is currently being trialled at Carphone Warehouse but the bank is planning to roll it out it further in the coming months, if the trial proves successful. Customers who choose the option will be redirected to the NatWest website for authentication to validate their purchase. They can then login using Touch ID on their mobile phones or by using their standard online banking password before the process completes. Natwest said the initiative could cut the length of time it takes to make an online purchase from minutes to just seconds. Cathy Dargue, from Natwest said: “This new service provides our customers with an alternative way to pay, which is convenient and simple to use, and brings … [Read more...] about Natwest trials new way to pay for online shopping and you won’t even need your bank card
I was a victim of online banking fraud. Just over a week ago I spotted four emails from Paypal telling me I’d sent four payments of $19.99 USD to a random person on eBay. In return I’d get four shiny chrome brake side LED lights, only I wouldn’t as the seller existed only for the purpose of fraud. I was at work, I’d made no such purchase but the email was genuine rather than a clever fake. Within seconds of seeing the email I was on the phone to my bank asking them to cancel the payments, then onto Paypal to ask them not to allow a payment to proceed. But it was too late. Four lots of £14.81 (when converted) were taken - my banking fraudster didn’t know what impact the loss of almost £60 would have to me, whether I’d have enough money to buy food or pay bills. They didn’t know if my bank and Paypal would consider me a genuine victim of fraud and refund me; or if they’d think I was lax about my finances and refuse a refund; or if … [Read more...] about OPINION: I’ve been put off by online shopping after fraudsters got my cash
Experimental feature Listen to this article Play audio for this article Pause Experimental feature or Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback All owners of retail property have a fundamental and serious question to answer: what is the point of shops? Do we really need to visit them any more?Investors have been fretting about the value of bricks-and-mortar retail property for some time. The share price of Hammerson, the UK’s largest listed landlord of shopping centres, has long traded below the value of its real estate portfolio. In the US, listed funds are aggressively shorted by investors betting against retail property.It is traditional to blame Amazon, a shorthand for the internet and online shopping. But put the idea to landlords that stores are becoming obsolete and they are unfazed. They roll out … [Read more...] about Are stores passé in the era of online shopping?
News / UK and world by Press Association March 24, 2018, 3:31 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Online shopping is causing roads to be clogged up and worn out by delivery vans, councils have claimed. Tackling the cost of congestion and repair bills “must be a national priority”, the Local Government Association (LGA) said. The distance travelled by light goods vehicles (LGVs) in Britain has risen by almost 20% since 2011, according to LGA analysis of Government data, while average speeds on A-roads have fallen by 4% since 2014. Meanwhile, the amount of money spent at the UK’s 20 biggest online-only retailers was up by 23% in 2016/17 compared with the previous 12 months, a recent report found. The LGA wants the Government to give councils two pence per litre of existing fuel duty to spend on local roads maintenance. This would be worth around £1 billion a year. A study by the Asphalt Industry Alliance … [Read more...] about Impact of online shopping on roads should be ‘national priority’