Posted - 15/11/12 | 0 Comments

Consumer rings up PPI invoice victory!

Have you claimed for PPI? More to the point, are you heartily sick of being asked that question!

According to media reports, one Middlesex man so got fed up with being called by companies offering their services to help him recoup cash from mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) … that he decided to send one of them an invoice!

Richard Herman had never taken out PPI. He’d also registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS)  to stop unwanted sales calls. But they kept coming.

On one particularly long call, he spoke to several people and asked to be removed from their list. He even said he’d charge them £10 a minute if they called yet again. They did.

And next time, the call lasted 19.5 minutes. So he sent off an invoice for £195, reports the BBC. What’s more, Mr Herman had recorded the calls as proof.

He also filed a case in the small claims court. It was settled before it went to court – with one company paying his £195 invoice plus £25 costs.

Lawyers now reckon it could open the floodgates for other consumers to follow suit, says the BBC.

  • Mr Herman didn’t use Clear as part of his response to these calls. But you may be interested to know that it’s possible to use Clear’s timer feature to record the length of any calls you receive and then create invoices from them – in a couple of clicks. That’s just one of the many great features of the Clear service. Why not try Clear for free?

Posted - 05/11/12 | 0 Comments

Watching it all go up in smoke!

It’s Bonfire Night – and an expensive one for some. Britain spends around £70 million per year on fireworks, according to

The web site scoured the web for the fanciest firework set it could find – and came up with the Victory Pack from Fireworks International.

For those happy to pay the invoice, this eye-candy collection offers “Explosive entertainment at its very best” for £2499. You get 57 Cakes, 34 Candles, 8 Mines, 70 Rockets, 6 Wheels and 1 Waterfall … presumably the grand finale. Not bad if you want to impress the neighbours!

It’s reckoned that 2012 has been a big one for pyrotechnics. Before Bonfire Night came the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’s next month’s New Year’s Eve too. All great occasions to mark with fizzes and flashes.

But, as bills go, the UK still ranks as a mere sparkler in the world league of whizzbangs. It can’t hold a Roman candle to the stand-out show of the past decade.

That was in 2009. Hosted by Abu Dhabi, the occasion was the world’s biggest and priciest firework display – put at around jaw-dropping $20 million (£12 million).

But what about the original November 5 stunt that never was ... the explosions planned by Guy Fawkes?

In those days, his gunpowder cost £200. But calculates that at today’s prices, that invoice would total a hefty £35,000.

  • If all the smoke is getting in your eyes and you need a clearer picture of your incoming invoice payments, then why not sign up for Clear for free?  You can send electronic invoices in just a few clicks. Clear also gives you an accurate picture of payments that are paid or overdue.
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