The guide to complaining effectively
How to Complain: The Essential Consumer Guide to Getting Refunds, Redress and Results! is THE book you need to complaining effectively! Using real-life examples, anecdotes, tips, consumer advice and handy template letters, you are helped to overcome the hurdles of the consumer complaints process. The book provides essential advice on consumer law, how to complain effectively, how and where to take things further when you don’t get a satisfactory response including useful contacts.
The result of over 30 years of experience. See below for Paul Lewis financial journalist and others’ reviews. See Amazon* for more.
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Interview with Helen Dewdney, The Complaining Cow about the book
Reviews of How to Complain: The Essential Consumer Guide to Getting Refunds, Redress and Results!
“Buy this book. And next time a shop or bank or holiday firm fails you, take it off the shelf, find out what to do, and complain. Always write (“I don’t do phone calls”), quote the law they’ve broken (each section begins with a thorough guide), state clearly what you want (everything plus compensation), and end the letter with your next step if you don’t get it (right up to court action). How to Complain is by turns homely and thorough. Helen Dewdney has complained about every kind of poor service and, from what she says, always wins. She knows precisely what her rights are and how to get them. Her guiding principle is never take yes for an answer. If you want £100 compensation and they offer £50 write back and demand £200. How to complain is in itself a model. The title is accurate. And it delivers what it promises. It should strike fear into any firm that doesn’t. And make them change before we have to write that letter.” Paul Lewis, financial journalist
“Too timid to assert your rights? Too shy to complain? Don’t be. In ‘How to Complain’, Helen Dewdney has compiled a quick-to-navigate and easy-to-understand book that guides readers through their consumer rights and how to assert them – with a minimum of fuss. Packed with practical advice, handy complaint letter templates and real-life success stories, ‘How to Complain’ has quickly become an essential reference in our house.” David McClelland Consumer / Technology Presenter & Journalist
“An excellent source of help, advice and information for consumers who want to understand their rights and how to enforce them. The Complaining Cow has assembled all the key consumer legislation together with the common problems that consumers encounter. This book helps the reader to navigate the complexities of complaining by offering practical tips to avoid the pitfalls that consumers sometimes fall in – and throws a ladder down for those who have already fallen in.” Kevin Grix, Chief Executive, Dispute Resolution Ombudsman, The Furniture Ombudsman
“This is a great book which will go a long way in helping us to deal with any problems we have with companies. The advice is excellent and there is practical help as well. On energy most of us do not understand what kind of service we have a right to expect, what we can complain about and how to go about doing this. I think the book should be prominently displayed in every library and other public places. Once people realise it is available they will use it to get much needed help to tackle poor service. Hopefully if enough of us do this things may change for the better.” Ann Robinson, Consumer Champion
“This is the book that everyone needs for solving their consumer issues. Using a wide variety of excellent template letters, legal explanations and clear worked examples, The Complaining Cow shows us how to get problems resolved simply and efficiently. The book will pay for itself the first time you use it.” Marcus Williamson, Editor, CEOemail.com
“If you had to keep one book with you so that you know what to do if something goes wrong, it would be this one. The Complaining Cow has gathered all the consumer information that you need into a single book. It is the book that saves a thousand searches, as all the answers are in one place!” James Walker, MD resolver.co.uk
More reviews from people who have bought the book here.
The Complaining Cow in the media
Helen Dewdney is a consumer journalist that has written for the Financial Times, Moneywise and is part of the Rip Off Britain consumer expert team. She appears on BBC Breakfast, Rip Off Britain, The One Show various BBC and ITV news programmes and regularly contributes to various national publications and BBC Radios 2, 4 and 5, such as The Jeremy Vine, Moneybox and You and Yours. For more see Moodia coverage and the showreel from 2016 below.
Other downloadable publications from The Complaining Cow
Ombudsman Omnishambles: Serious unresolved issues affecting the operation of the ombudsman
ADR system in the UK by Marcus Williamson and Helen Dewdney. Covers poor approval and monitoring of ADR schemes in the non regulated area.
More Ombudsman Omnishambles: The UK ADR landscape 20 months on… by Marcus Williamson and Helen Dewdney. Covers the continued poor approval and monitoring of ADR schemes in the non regulated area. Includes issues with the increase in problem in the aviation sector, especially with AviationADR and expanding the number, and monitoring of the providers.
Whirlpool – The tumble dryer story without the spin by Helen Dewdney. FOIs of government department and Trading Standards, statistics and all the continued failings in bodies who should be improving product safety.
This book will help you get your money back and more for nearly every consumer complaint you could possibly have!