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Parrot Bath Stand Perch Bird Shower Standing Bar for Parrot Macaw African Greys Budgies Cockatoo Parakeet Bird Bath Perches Toy

Features: 1. This parrot bath stand, which is made of sanding stick, comes with sucker. 2. This product can be used as toy stand to bear several parrots standing together for bath. 3. To release pressure and relieve boredom for birds. 4. To keep parrots clean and sanitary for preventing from illness. 5. It is good for pet birds’ health mentally and physically.

Parameter: Material: Sanding stick Color: Random Size: Length: about 20 cm/ 7.87 inches; Diameter of bar: about 2 cm/ 0.79 inches Notes: Errors of 1-3 cm would be possible because of manual measurement. Applications: Small, middle and large sizes parrots or other birds

Packing List: 1 x Parrot Bath Stand

  • The surface of the stand perch is sanded, your bird ‘s paw can catch it firmly
  • An ideal shower perch designed for your little friends to stand, easy installation in bathroom
  • Material: Sanding stick
  • Color: Random
  • Size: Length: about 20 cm/ 7.87 inches; Diameter of bar: about 2 cm/ 0.79 inches

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Christmas calories – should you trust your fitness tracker?

The average Briton will consume more than 5,000 calories on Christmas day alone, according to research by Wren Kitchens. So when you’re trying to burn off that festive excess, you’ll want to know that your fitness watch or tracker is giving you the right information. The research by Wren Kitchens surveyed 2,000 people about their typical Christmas dinner, and found that the average person eats as many as 5,240 calories in just one day.

With such indulgence, it’s understandable that some people want to begin a health kick to start the new year – and a fitness watch or tracker could provide the perfect motivational tool to help you get fit.

If you want to keep an eye on how many calories you’ve burned, which a lot of people do after the festive period, then most trackers will provide you with this information. Or if distance is the way you’d like to track your fitness, there are plenty of trackers that can do that, too. But we’ve found some fitness watches and activity trackers that greatly overstate or understate your data.

Here we reveal the dramatic differences between actual calories burned and what your tracker tells you. And we’ve worked this out based on your favourite festive treats. Best Buy fitness watches and activity trackers[1] – find out which models aced our accuracy tests

Calories burned – what we’ve found

Some trackers simply aren’t accurate enough when it comes to tracking calories burned.

One device overstated this by a whopping 105% during our testing, so you’ll think you’ve burned more than twice the number of calories that you actually have. This means that instead of killing enough calories for four glasses of Christmas prosecco[2], you’d only have burned off enough for two.

Another device understated calories burned by 28%, which means you’re actually burning off more than it says you have. If you want to indulge in our Best Buy mince pies[3], this tracker would tell you that you’d worked off enough for less than three, when you could actually scoff four (it is Christmas, after all).

It’s not all bad news, though, as we’ve found some trackers that measured calories burned with almost no error.

To find out more about the way we test fitness watches and trackers for accuracy, head over to the how we test page[4].

Distance tracking – what we’ve found

According to the Wren Kitchens research, you’d need to run two marathons to burn off that 5,000-calorie festive feast, but we’ve found trackers that failed to track distance accurately, too.

While we don’t recommend running two marathons, and certainly won’t be trying this ourselves, the graph below shows how far you would have run before the most inaccurate trackers from our tests tell you that you’ve reached the two-marathon mark.

If you want to track distance while out running, then built-in GPS is a good feature to look for, as it means you can leave your phone at home and still track your route.

See our pick of the top five fitness watches and activity trackers with built-in GPS[5].

References

  1. ^ Best Buy fitness watches and activity trackers (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Christmas prosecco (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Best Buy mince pies (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ how we test page (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ top five fitness watches and activity trackers with built-in GPS (www.which.co.uk)

Can you spot a copycat website?

A Which? investigation published today reveals how a crackdown on ‘copycat’ websites – which look like their official counterparts but charge extra for doing little or nothing – has failed to stop the problem. Whether you’re getting a European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) or trying to contact the DVLA, chances are you’ve searched online and encountered an impostor with convincing branding. Which? examined the results of popular searches for official sites and found many riddled with copycats attempting to charge over the odds for items such as travel documents.

For example, 10 out of the top 20 UK results for ‘Esta visa’ (for those travelling to the US under the visa-waiver system) weren’t official sites; this is a search that more than 40,000 people in the UK carry out every month.

Copycats costing millions

Copycats are a problem only if they’re fooling consumers – so we tested some by asking more than 4,000 Which? members to pick the official site from a line-up of four. In our test, 29% couldn’t spot the right one. We also asked National Trading Standards (NTS), which is responsible for combating the problem, how much copycats cost consumers; it believes the bill has hit tens of millions of pounds since 2014.

This is the despite a crackdown which began that year, when NTS received extra government funding for it. NTS says it’s still ‘testing where the boundaries of the law are’. Can you pick the official site?

Try our test, below.

The searches teeming with copycats

Some sites are dealt with quickly. In July, officials found impostors selling disabled Blue Badges, which should cost ?12, for more than ?50. In October, none of the top 20 UK search results for ‘blue badge’, ‘disabled badge’ and ‘blue badge application’ returned any copycats.

However, other search results are riddled with them. Prominent search results for ‘Ehic’ include sites asking for payment for a card that is free. What’s more, the top result for ‘E111’ – the old name for Ehic – was a copycat website.

We’ve included the results of our research in the chart below, along with how many UK people are searching for that service each month in brackets. The red circle indicates a copycat or misleading site.

Call-forwarding copycats

One version of a copycat ‘service’ is to charge you a fee of, say, ?3.60 a minute simply to connect you to a free or low-cost number. One member alerted us to the website dvla-contact-number.co.uk, which offers an 0844 phone number charging 7p a minute.

A spokesperson from the DVLA confirmed it wasn’t an official number, despite the fact that it connects to the DVLA’s free helpline. Similarly, when we searched for ‘Amazon UK contact number’, the Google answer box (the ‘featured result’ that can appear at the top of searches) advertised an 0843 number at 7p per minute. This number just connects you to the free 0800 number on Amazon’s website.

The site that supplied the result, contactnumbers-uk.co.uk, also offers 0843 numbers for HMRC and Sky. While Amazon didn’t comment on our findings, it has its own sponsored ads to make its contact details more prominent. We’ve found similar sites simply connect to the London Congestion Charge number at connectmynumber.co.uk.

The line charges ?3.60 per minute to connect to a free number. Despite scouring the sites, we weren’t able to find contact numbers for Contact Numbers UK and DVLA Contact Number to ask them to justify these fees.

How to find the official site

Looking for ‘.gov’ in a web address isn’t always the answer, as many government-affiliated sites – such as The Pensions Advisory Service (pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk) – don’t contain it. Here are our tips:

  • Is it a paid search engine ad? Look out for paid-for search engine results.

    These are the boxed adverts displayed at the top of search engine result pages. Quite often, the official site is the first or second non-paid-for link that appears below the ads.

  • Read the homepage Take a couple of minutes to double-check the site; don’t dive straight into filling out an application form. Visit the homepage and read the text there.

    It may even say that the site is not officially affiliated with the official body.

  • Check the web address Don’t be fooled by a .org web address, as this is no guarantee that it is a body’s official website. Any website claiming to be an official government website should have a .gov.uk address. To be sure, check the list below.
  • Https vs http Although it’s not a guarantee, you can check for ‘https://’ at the beginning of the website address.

    On pages where you are entering personal information, this indicates that there is encryption in place to protect your personal details; websites just with http:// don’t encrypt your details.

The following are all official sites:

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