When is a special not a special? When you're Harvey Norman!

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 13-Oct-2007 12:30

While driving to work this morning I couldn't help but notice a Harvey Norman ad on the radio promoting their weekend specials, included in this were Nokia N95's for $300 off. I stopped in Harvey Norman on my way home to pick something else up (I don't actually need a new N95!) and couldn't help but look to see how many they had instock, afterall $300 off is a huge saving. A quick glance at the phone cabinet shows N95's with the Vodafone price tag of $999 and apparently the $300 off is the drop in RRP from $1299 to $999. Considering the drop in RRP was weeks ago this could probably be seen as a case of bait marketing or misleading advertising. Every other retailer will be selling N95's for $999 so there is no saving.

If anybody's up for a bit of a fight this weekend and wants a new phone then stop by your local HN. If you complain to the commerce commission I'm sure you'll get your phone for $699! :-)

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Comment by paradoxsm, on 13-Oct-2007 13:22

I Never shop at harvey norman unless it's to screw them down on their false advertising which they do all to often, I have gotten some amazing balow cost bargains before!

Comment by TomAckroyd, on 15-Oct-2007 08:46

I bought a video camera at HN Tory Street on Friday. Panasonic's website had the RRP at $899. HN were selling it for $1099! When I mentioned the RRP to the salesman, he immediately offered it to me for $899. I accepted.

Comment by A HN Employee, on 15-Oct-2007 15:42

Whats the point of getting the N95 in NZ anyway? There isnt any good working GPS applications for it. The inbuilt Nokia Maps have a NZ map - without Street names! (except the major roads). $300 is off RRP BTW - there is no illegal advertising. So dont know where you can complain to in that!

Comment by mobygeek, on 15-Oct-2007 16:12

You'll be pleased to know Harvey Norman has the same great service in Australia.

Comment by kelsi, on 30-Apr-2008 22:10

you have got to be f###ing joking. dude harvey norman have no control on the avertising though vodafone or telecom, plus the rep of the company come round and change the price's, so harvey norman could have been the last place the went to there fore every one else's price had dropped before harvey norman. and 300 had been dropped in price from that date. helllloooo harvey norman is a f#ckn big company do you really think they would put hem self in the place of false avertising??? and nooo its not just a simple change though head officelike everyone else, each harvey norman dept and store is owned by a different person.

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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

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*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

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  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
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*CCTV solutions
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+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

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