Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



1332 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 152
Inactive user


Topic # 111182 26-Oct-2012 16:30 Send private message

Colour me confused. I was after an external HDD today and naturally turned to PriceSpy for a decent price. I saw the Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive 3TB for $228.85 from PBTech which seemed a decent deal.

I walked to their store to pick one up and it was priced at $286.XX...

I asked if I could pick the unit up for the same price as their site had it for sale and was told $26X.XX was the best they could do.

What?

Surely the same product from the same store should be the same price, right? Or am I missing something?

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
19599 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1392

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 707028 26-Oct-2012 16:39 Send private message

What store?

I'm just wondering if you're in Wellington and looked at the PB Tech site rather than the PB Tech Wellington site. They are not one and the same.



1332 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 152
Inactive user


  Reply # 707030 26-Oct-2012 16:40 Send private message

Oh, I answered my own question by visiting their Facebook page.

Apparently they are run separately. Their site is http://pbwellington.co.nz/. Interesting.

7240 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 403


  Reply # 707031 26-Oct-2012 16:40 Send private message

1080p: Colour me confused. I was after an external HDD today and naturally turned to PriceSpy for a decent price. I saw the Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive 3TB for $228.85 from PBTech which seemed a decent deal.

I walked to their store to pick one up and it was priced at $286.XX...

I asked if I could pick the unit up for the same price as their site had it for sale and was told $26X.XX was the best they could do.

What?

Surely the same product from the same store should be the same price, right? Or am I missing something?


Was it exactly the same store? I think they have different ones around the country? What was their explanation if it wasn't a pricing error on the website? Just buy it from the online store if the other store won't match the online price. They just lose a sale.



1332 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 152
Inactive user


  Reply # 707032 26-Oct-2012 16:41 Send private message

sbiddle: What store?

I'm just wondering if you're in Wellington and looked at the PB Tech site rather than the PB Tech Wellington site. They are not one and the same.


That was my issue. I wonder why they would do that? Pricing differently for Wellington then Auckland when I can just order from Auckland...

245 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 12

Subscriber

  Reply # 707033 26-Oct-2012 16:43 Send private message

Are you quoting prices including or excluding GST?



1332 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 152
Inactive user


  Reply # 707034 26-Oct-2012 16:45 Send private message

MackinNZ: Are you quoting prices including or excluding GST?


All inclusive.

BDFL
49736 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4521

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 707035 26-Oct-2012 16:45 Send private message

Your first obvious problem is that you didn't use Geekzone Price Comparison.

The prices in both PriceSpy and Geekzone/PriceMe are supplied by the store via a feed. These may have errors. Since these web sites are not the official online outlet I doubt you could make them sell for that price. Check prices in other retailers and go from there.




7240 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 403


  Reply # 707040 26-Oct-2012 16:52 Send private message

1080p:
sbiddle: What store?

I'm just wondering if you're in Wellington and looked at the PB Tech site rather than the PB Tech Wellington site. They are not one and the same.


That was my issue. I wonder why they would do that? Pricing differently for Wellington then Auckland when I can just order from Auckland...


Are they actually the same store though, or just using the brand name. On their website they say they have 8 branches, and if thats the case you would think all the branches would have products at the same price. I can't see why the prices would be different. I mean if you go to chain like Noel Leemings or DSE, all their prices tend to be the same no matter where they are in NZ.

337 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 20

Trusted

  Reply # 707043 26-Oct-2012 16:59 Send private message

PB Auckland stores are all the same company, but Hamilton and Wellington have different owners, and their own pricing and websites.

Just to confuse things even further, PB Auckland insist on listing Hamilton stock levels on their site, despite Hamilton's pricing not necessarily matching.

826 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 9


  Reply # 709987 31-Oct-2012 17:41 Send private message

Wonder why they're owned separately? Parallel Imports is the same too, their webstore & the north shore store are owned by the same owners while the the rest are not (iirc, there are some other details too).




Who I am: multi time Ironman finisher, University of Auckland graduate, Freelancer (mainly focused on website development, message me for work).

twitter.com/TersoIT

337 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 20

Trusted

  Reply # 709996 31-Oct-2012 17:50 Send private message

dman: Wonder why they're owned separately? Parallel Imports is the same too, their webstore & the north shore store are owned by the same owners while the the rest are not (iirc, there are some other details too).


I generally regard franchises as either a "Loose franchise" or a "Strict franchise". Loose franchises are essentially a group of independent businesses sharing business name and marketing. Lawnmowing "chains" like Jim's Mowing are often like this.

Strict franchises give every illusion of being a single business. Pricing is the same across stores, vouchers are valid everywhere, etc. Best example of a strict franchise is McDonald's.

What makes PB more confusing than your average "loose franchise" is that all of the Auckland stores are majority-owned by the same people, leaving Hamilton and Wellington as the only exceptions.

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Windows 10 announced, as well as developer preview
Created by macuser, last reply by Regs on 1-Oct-2014 22:24 (48 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Moment of Truth?
Created by BarTender, last reply by JimmyC on 29-Sep-2014 09:16 (441 replies)
Pages... 28 29 30


Can i have 2 ISP's at home?
Created by ReckITT, last reply by Lazarui on 30-Sep-2014 18:15 (49 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Why is your nickname what it is, what are the origins of it?
Created by Presso, last reply by hsvhel on 1-Oct-2014 11:52 (89 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


What time will the Apple Store online be selling the iPhone 6?
Created by scotiwis, last reply by thewanderingv on 1-Oct-2014 22:49 (110 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


iPhone 6 From Spark - Order Dates and Pricing?
Created by Otagolad, last reply by mahdibassam on 1-Oct-2014 17:03 (348 replies)
Pages... 22 23 24


Easiest way to have iPhone warranty service
Created by JoshWright, last reply by nitrotech on 30-Sep-2014 21:37 (15 replies)

Passwords and pesky teenagers
Created by martyyn, last reply by raytaylor on 1-Oct-2014 23:34 (27 replies)
Pages... 2



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.