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BigShop.com.au gains momentum

Online department store popularity poll www.top100.com.au listed BigShop.com.au at position 18 during August. BigShop.com.au’s Luke Atkins said the site promised quick delivery times and a huge range. To celebrate the opening of its Virtual Superstore, it will give away a Compaq Deskpro computer.



Flight cost comparison site launched

AUSTRALIAN air travellers can hunt for the best domestic airfares available with the new FlightChoice comparison tool at www.infochoice.com.au. An up-to-date domestic airfare chart allows users to choose from Qantas, Ansett, Impulse and Virgin Blue flights on offer. The site also features an email service that informs its members of good deals as soon as they become available.



ASIC sniffes out scams and swindles

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s consumer web site has changed its name to ‘fido’, which stands for financial information delivered online. The address is www.fido.asic.gov.au ASIC director of communication Michael Dunn said the site offered pointers on how to avoid scams, pitfalls and other potentially expensive mistakes in investing, superannuation, insurance and other financial products, using information from ASIC investigations and inspections. The site also hosts the ASIC Gull Awards, a monthly competition for the most outrageous tales of money and deceit.



Gain money management skills online

A PERSONALISED web-based money management training program has been launched called MoneySkills Online. The site is at www.moneyskills.com.au The program established personal financial goals then guides the user through exercises to build a financial strategy and an action plan to achieve it. The program is password protected and includes 15 modules that take 10 hours to complete.



Book publishing enters new era

A NEW online Australian bookstore will launch on September 12 called eBooks.com. Penguin Books Australia has granted the company the electronic publishing rights for Bryce Courtenay’s novel Meeting at the Smoky Joe Cafe.

Avanta.com.au changes name

WA-based online shop Avanta.com.au has changed its name to BuyQuick.com.au. The company still specialises in top brand electronics, fashion and perfume.

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