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Topic # 28934 16-Dec-2008 17:38
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Article from Sydney Morning Herald re: increase in TV prices expected from end of January 09

"Up until Christmas Eve, Samsung is offering a free BD-P1500 Blu-ray player valued at $499 to anyone who buys one of its full HD plasma or LCD TVs.

Over the same period, Panasonic will give a free Nintendo Wii valued at $399.95 to buyers of its VIERA full HD plasmas.

Toshiba is offering a $799 netbook computer with its 37-inch, 42-inch and 46-inch LCD TVs until the middle of January."

Why dont we get the same offers in NZ?  Market too small?





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  Reply # 184593 16-Dec-2008 17:41
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My Panasonic PY-800 came with a free BD-30 blu-ray player.

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  Reply # 184596 16-Dec-2008 17:43
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Not to mention that prices are higher in NZ as well...

Definatly worth the shipping to get one sent over IMO.




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  Reply # 184602 16-Dec-2008 18:19
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richms: Not to mention that prices are higher in NZ as well...

Definatly worth the shipping to get one sent over IMO.

Not if you want the TV to work on anything other than analog TV..





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  Reply # 184604 16-Dec-2008 18:25
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VGA, HDMI, Component etc will all work just fine, no dvb-t inbuilt has not been an issue to me in the past, and for anyone with sky will likly not care.

At mums place the analog antennas not even plugged into the tv because the lead was too short. Never missed it.




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Reply # 184615 16-Dec-2008 19:21
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Flag using international shipping to bring a big screen tv into the country. Be fun to try with a Samsung TV too considering their warranty coverage :P

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  Reply # 184623 16-Dec-2008 19:56
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Why bother? The differences between NZ and Aus are very minimal now. Lets look at a few examples from DSE since their margins are similair in both countries.

Panasonic 50" Full HD A$2888 in Au vs $3999 here for the PZ850

That's NZ$3464 + shipping which would set you back a couple of hundred + and then add GST and suddenly you've spent more than it costs here in NZ and you have no built in tuner.

Panasonic HD Plasma A$1988 vs $2699 here with several deals lately throwing in a free 32" Panasonic LCD. That makes it cheaper here than in Aussie.

Want a full HD 32" LCD? $A1599  for a Sony in Aussie and NZ$1699 for a Full HD 32" here with H.264 built in.

A year ago we were paying a *lot* more for TV's here but things certainly have got very competitive here recently. Sure prices are cheape in Aussie when you start looking at high end $5k+ stuff but pricepoints for 32" 40" and 50" models are now very similair. You also have to remember that suppliers here are not getting product as cheap as Aussie, shipping from Asia to Aussie is a lot cheaper and when you've got the same number of TV's in a container you get instant cost savings in Australia.



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  Reply # 185823 23-Dec-2008 14:34
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Import from Oz?  Bad idea.

(1) Lose Integrated Digitial tuner... different standards.  Which is a bad idea, as paying for sky digital is just a rip off (YMMD).
(2) Import Duties and GST as it hits the NZ border.  Just WATCH the price difference evaporate.

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  Reply # 185824 23-Dec-2008 14:50
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ajkiwi: Import from Oz?  Bad idea.

(1) Lose Integrated Digitial tuner... different standards.  Which is a bad idea, as paying for sky digital is just a rip off (YMMD).

(2) Import Duties and GST as it hits the NZ border.  Just WATCH the price difference evaporate.

Import duties??? You must be thinking pre 1980s.  Only GST these days..





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  Reply # 185835 23-Dec-2008 16:04
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JimmyLizar, the large Sony Bravia's are currently shipping with an optional PS3 for $99 (a saving of $700 on the PS3's RRP).

Sony's Promotion Page

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  Reply # 185852 23-Dec-2008 20:18
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xcubed: JimmyLizar, the large Sony Bravia's are currently shipping with an optional PS3 for $99 (a saving of $700 on the PS3's RRP).

Sony's Promotion Page

I seem to remember when this offer forst came out there was the with PS and without PS3 price.  There was about $400 difference..





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  Reply # 185884 24-Dec-2008 06:49
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all the prices for popular models/brands are pretty much the same.

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  Reply # 186782 31-Dec-2008 08:40
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sbiddle: Why bother? The differences between NZ and Aus are very minimal now. Lets look at a few examples from DSE since their margins are similair in both countries.

Panasonic 50" Full HD A$2888 in Au vs $3999 here for the PZ850

That's NZ$3464 + shipping which would set you back a couple of hundred + and then add GST and suddenly you've spent more than it costs here in NZ and you have no built in tuner.

Panasonic HD Plasma A$1988 vs $2699 here with several deals lately throwing in a free 32" Panasonic LCD. That makes it cheaper here than in Aussie.

Want a full HD 32" LCD? $A1599  for a Sony in Aussie and NZ$1699 for a Full HD 32" here with H.264 built in.

A year ago we were paying a *lot* more for TV's here but things certainly have got very competitive here recently. Sure prices are cheape in Aussie when you start looking at high end $5k+ stuff but pricepoints for 32" 40" and 50" models are now very similair. You also have to remember that suppliers here are not getting product as cheap as Aussie, shipping from Asia to Aussie is a lot cheaper and when you've got the same number of TV's in a container you get instant cost savings in Australia.




I'd have to agree with sbiddle, best price for the Panasonic PZ850 on CNet in Aussie is AUD2943 (NZD3500), I paid $3300.00 at Hill and Stewart. Even though they are owened by JB they are more competitive, just quote HN

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