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How likely are you to switch when a hot deal ends?
From broadband to 0% cards, many of the best deals are short-lived, then you pay more. We want to find out which products you’re most likely to switch once the initial good deal ends. Please ONLY ANSWER FOR PRODUCTS YOU HAVE/HAVE HAD RECENTLY... and base it on what you actually do, not what you'd like to think you do.

Parcel delivery firms: who are the best and worst?
With the festive season nearly here, parcel delivery firms are zipping around the UK helping out the big man in the red suit. Yet sadly parcel delivery horror stories abound - ranging from no-shows to “they threw the goods over the fence” or “they lied that we weren't in”. So it’s time for our annual poll to work out who are the good guys and who are the cowboys... Please rate your experience with each of these firms DURING THE LAST YEAR (don’t rate if you haven’t experienced their service).

Is your energy company's service any good?
Winter’s here which means energy bills come to the fore – and poor service can cause real harm. So we’re doing our regular feedback poll to find out how each company is performing. Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) over the last SIX MONTHS (or less if you’ve recently switched). If you’ve gas and electricity with different firms, please vote for both.

Should a man take paternity leave instead of a woman?
From next April, maternity leave can be transferred to men for the first time (or the other partner in a gay relationship - see here for more info). We thought we’d test how desired this actually is. So please choose the option closest to how you would WANT to do things in your case:

Have you haggled with Sky, BT, the AA and more this year? Did you succeed?
Call centre haggling can provide big savings – whether it be digital TV, broadband, credit cards, breakdown cover, insurance and more. Each year we try to gauge the success rates of those who’ve done it. So please let us know whether you gained cheaper prices, extra goods, better deals or reduced interest. Which of these firms have you tried to haggle with IN THE LAST YEAR? (Select as many as you want from the major providers below.)

When your change is just a penny (or pennies) do you bother taking it?
There’s an old adage that says: “Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.” But does it still ring true? Reports suggest many people just leave their change if it’s only a penny (or pennies). What do you do? Please choose the option closest to your USUAL way of behaving:

How much is your typical monthly mobile bill?
Simple question – how much do you pay for your mobile in a typical month? If the amount varies, give us the rough average. This should include all costs. Please choose ONE option closest to your circumstances:

Do you approve of the clocks going back?
The clocks have gone back an hour – we've left British Summer Time behind and are now back on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) until the spring, when the clocks will jump forward again. This means relatively more light in the morning but less light in the evening during the winter months. What time do you think our clocks should run on?

Should the UK leave the European Union?
UKIP is shaking up the British political status quo – with its biggest policy being that the UK should leave the European Union. If you were given a stark choice on this, phrased similarly to the Scottish referendum, how would you vote? We’ve divided the options by UK country and gender to see if it makes a difference. Should the UK leave the European Union…

When do you chuck away best-before foods?
Are you a chucker or a keeper when it comes to food that’s past its ‘best-before’ date? Which of these is closest to your USUAL stance (be honest!)?

Would you vote for less tax or more spend?
We’re just 30 weeks away from a general election and already battle lines are being drawn. The Conservatives are pushing tax cuts, while Labour are focused on increasing public spending and introducing new taxes. Let's take the straightforward premise that to be able to increase public spending taxes also need to be increased (which of course is an oversimplification), which of these options is CLOSEST to your views?

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?
The countdown has started; we've now fewer than 90 days to go. So are you a Christmas pre-planner or do you leave it until the last minute? How much of your Christmas shopping have you done so far? Please choose the option CLOSEST to your situation.

Should the regulator prevent broadband & mobile firms from cutting their price to keep you when you ask to leave?
Ofcom, the communications regulator, is investigating digital TV, broadband, landline and mobile phone ‘retention’ offers - those where when you ask to leave they try and cut prices to persuade you to stay. It believes this could be harmful to consumers in the longer term as new providers find it hard to compete for business, therefore reducing choice and meaning only decent hagglers get the better deals (for tips on how to do it see our How to haggle service providers guide). Which of the following is CLOSEST to your opinion?

Choose our new logo...
It’s time to update the MSE logo (actually in truth we don’t have a logo – it's more just the site name written out) and so we've worked on two designs. So we wanted to give you a say in what you think works best; after all you’ll be the ones who have to look at it! Please pick the logo you prefer:

Would you vote for English/Welsh/NI independence?
The Scottish referendum is here. Those resident in Scotland will decide whether the country should break away from the rest of the UK. So we wanted to run our own vote for the constituent countries of the UK using similar stark language as in the real referendum. Please select the option closest to your views.

What gift cards do you value the most?
No, sorry we’re not giving them away. Yet lots of firms now use them as promotion incentives e.g. currently you can get £100 Amazon vouchers with an EE broadband deal.So we wanted to know how much gift cards are worth to you if you could take them in hard cash, remembering too of course that if you’re holding one and the firm goes bust, they’re often worthless. Imagine a friend was willing to sell you their £100 gift card (for personal use not to resell). How much would you pay for it (answer from as many of the following options as you like)?

Do you still print photos?
'Selfies', holiday snaps, and even 'ussies' are posted on social media quicker than you can say, "cheese!", but have you fallen out of favour with the local photo developer? Do you tend to hoard your images on your phone or computer, or do you get them printed on a regular basis? Please select ONE option CLOSEST to your views.

Can you haggle on the high street?
Back-street bazaars aren't the only places you can haggle in. Whether it's asking 'em to throw in some extras to negotiating a discount, you can haggle successfully on Britain's high streets. Please let us know how you got on, and ONLY VOTE FOR SHOPS YOU'VE TRIED TO HAGGLE IN. Click as many stores as you like.

How do you rate your bank account's service?
We run this poll on big banks' current accounts every six months to see how the experience changes. We’d love your feedback. Please vote based on CUSTOMER SERVICE for your main CURRENT account over the last SIX MONTHS. Please ignore rates or any other products, or service from before six months ago.

What have you taken from a hotel room?
Many see a hotel room as a free-for-all. They don't just use things while they're there - once they leave, they take all they can, sometimes crossing the border of legality. Tick each of the items you've taken from a hotel room (without specifically paying for it).

Is your energy company's service any good?
There have been more horrid reports of energy firm billing errors. We regularly ask for your feedback on firms, and have brought this poll forward to see how big the issues are. Please rate your current supplier’s SERVICE (not price) over the last SIX MONTHS (or less if you’ve recently switched). If you’ve gas and electricity with different firms, please vote for both.

Are you allowed to buy cheap school uniforms?
Does your child's school let you buy from supermarkets, or are you restricted to a specific shop? Which of these is closest to your situation? You can vote in each category if you've got children in different schools.

Train operators: who are the best and worst?
We can tell you how to save the most from Cheap Train Tickets, but to find out if they’re any good, we need your help. Taking into account your whole experience – price, speed, reliability, comfort and service – please rate the operators you’ve used regularly over the past YEAR.

How common are free flight upgrades?
Are the days of sweet-talking check-in staff to get a free upgrade to premium economy, business, or first class, long gone? Many airlines now sell spare upgrade capacity at the desk. So we want to see how common they are. Please answer the closest to your situation for flights in the past two years.

Do you travel with or without travel insurance?
We believe travel insurance is a necessity for holiday travel abroad. Yet both away and in the UK - do you risk going without it? For more help, see our Cheap Travel Insurance guide. Please select the option which is the closest to your situation.


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