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  Reply # 76171 28-Jun-2007 10:19
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to reiterate, harvey norman is very flexible at bargaining, just name a price stick to it and chances are you'll get it. i guess it all comes down to demand and supply - nz-ers i'm afraid are still using wooden joinery, coal burners, dial-up modems and crt 21" cathode rays. what can you expect from the retailers? i'm afraid this is true.



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  Reply # 76534 1-Jul-2007 23:42
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Have a look on page 403 of Teletext, the Consumers Institute are saying the same thing that we are getting screwed compared to aussie and suggest we going shopping over the Tasman.

Hopefully the mainstream media pick this up and stir a bit up, might hold off buying at present and see what happens.

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thrifty: Have a look on page 403 of Teletext, the Consumers Institute are saying the same thing that we are getting screwed compared to aussie and suggest we going shopping over the Tasman.

Hopefully the mainstream media pick this up and stir a bit up, might hold off buying at present and see what happens.


Yes, I've heard it several times on the radio during the weekend. Also listen to the retailers association comeback on RadioNZ from this morning's Morning Report.

Doubt anything will happen though.

(I can save $NZ100 on my running shoes by buying direct from the US one pair at a time (to save GST and duty) and that includes $US37 postage!)




 

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  Reply # 77943 13-Jul-2007 00:41
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Sorry to seem a bit ignorant on this one, but can someone please explain the 20% discount people keep quoting. I've been in to the likes of Harvey Norman and the others to look at LCD TVs, but that's as far as it goes. The budget can't cater for a purchase like that at the moment, so I never make enquiries, just browse, but I'm intrigued by this 20%.

Are you saying that these stores will give up to 20% of the listed price on their TVs? If that's the case, it might be worth my while manipulating the budget a little. From what I've seem, all the stores sell the same products at the same prices, the only differences being the types of payment being offered, like 24 or 30 months 0%.

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  Reply # 77956 13-Jul-2007 07:48
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The 20% is just one person's experience - YMMV. As someone said, most retailers will negotiate - they much prefer your cold hard cash up front to having you sign up for 30 months interest free - or even to you handing over your mastercard - and they will offer you a discount in return.





 

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photoman: Sorry to seem a bit ignorant on this one, but can someone please explain the 20% discount people keep quoting. I've been in to the likes of Harvey Norman and the others to look at LCD TVs, but that's as far as it goes. The budget can't cater for a purchase like that at the moment, so I never make enquiries, just browse, but I'm intrigued by this 20%.

Are you saying that these stores will give up to 20% of the listed price on their TVs? If that's the case, it might be worth my while manipulating the budget a little. From what I've seem, all the stores sell the same products at the same prices, the only differences being the types of payment being offered, like 24 or 30 months 0%.


Let me explain in a simple way:
We bought a lot of things from Harvey Norman in Wairau Park. Micro, TV, washing machine, fridge, etc
We never paid the price which was on the tag. We've always got a discount. Even on the small things like empty CD's.

When you go there to purchase something, find a salesman (they have a lot), speak to him politely, ask him some technical questions (they like to answer those) and finally when you like the product ask him: And what is the best price you can give me?

For sure he will check the computer and tell you the new price, which is 10-15-20% less then what is on the price tag. They will still have their margin on believe me. It's their price tactics. So if you buy anything from them on the full price, then congratulation, you just donated some extra profit to them. They will be happy for sure. :)




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  Reply # 77997 13-Jul-2007 15:07
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Thankfully, most things we brought with us from the UK. As for the LCD TV that I want, I just think the prices are too high (and that's from someone coming from rip-off Britain). With this new information, it may be time to revisit them and see what they can offer.

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  Reply # 77999 13-Jul-2007 15:22
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interestingly, it seems that prices in the states are the cheapest for any comparable product in nz. and furthermore, these are "end of season stock clearance prices" (ie new models on the way)! not only are we the latest to get the goods, we get ripped of doing so!

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  Reply # 78032 13-Jul-2007 21:49
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joker97: interestingly, it seems that prices in the states are the cheapest for any comparable product in nz. and furthermore, these are "end of season stock clearance prices" (ie new models on the way)! not only are we the latest to get the goods, we get ripped of doing so!




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  Reply # 78033 13-Jul-2007 21:49
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joker97: interestingly, it seems that prices in the states are the cheapest for any comparable product in nz. and furthermore, these are "end of season stock clearance prices" (ie new models on the way)! not only are we the latest to get the goods, we get ripped of doing so!


two of the reasons that prices are often cheaper in the US are:

1) they only support 110v inputs in most devices.... the rest of the world has to support variable dc/ac 110v - 240v
2) they only support one picture tv standard - NTSC - he rest of the world usually supports a mix of NTSC/PAL/SECAM




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  Reply # 78035 13-Jul-2007 22:24
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Don't forget ATSC.




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