Bad Products Named and Shamed In Choice's Shonky Awards

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Yikes...

Consumer group Choice has released the winners of its annual Shonky Awards, naming IKEA's Nedkyld Fridge as being bad at its one and only job - keeping things cool.

Choice chief executive Alan Kirkland explained in a statement that the yearly awards highlight businesses and industries "who have ripped off, misled and treated Australians like cash cows to be exploited".

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Medibank 'Basic' Cover Health Insurance was called up for failing the "basics" according to Choice. And if you're looking for the best pet insurance, all providers have been collectively listed for being riddled with exclusions. Eighty-six policies were reviewed and Choice didn't throw their hat behind a single one.

Online retailer Kogan took out a gong for dodgy customer care after racking up a reported 300 complaints to New South Wales Fair Trading in the first half of the year.

When it comes to food, Freedom Foods XO Crunch has been recognised for telling us a bag of sugar is healthy... Somehow, the cereal has a health star rating of four stars, despite containing 22.2 per cent sugar.

Lastly, Choice ridiculed AMP Superannuation for having the highest number of so called "zombie accounts" AKA inactive accounts. The funds in said accounts exist to be literally chewed up in fees and insurance.

Choice spokeswoman Marg Rafferty has said "more often than not they hear from that they want to do better, and we encourage that".

So, we suppose there's a silver lining?

For more information go to choice.com.au/shonky-awards

Image: Choice

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