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Topic # 5830 30-Nov-2005 12:09

I was at the new Queensgate in WGTN and the new concept for Noel Leeming stores has just opened.
If you are so inclined you could probably describe it as geek heaven, not really my choice of words though. Lots of handsets on display including the N70 from Nokia and V3x and E770v from Motorola,

It is a small store but lots of phones cameras and accessories

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Reply # 24082 30-Nov-2005 20:44
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N70 I would like one of those



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  Reply # 24085 30-Nov-2005 21:12

johnr: N70 I would like one of those


greedy arent we, didnt you get a jasjar

 
 
 
 


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Reply # 24086 30-Nov-2005 21:20
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Yer got one of those too

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  Reply # 24091 1-Dec-2005 07:45
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They are just trying to copy the Dixons format from the UK. The only problems with Noel Leemings IMHO (and Bond & Bond since they own them too) are their prices - they are generally on the high side and their staff tend to be very unfriendly and not that intelligent.

The old Warehouse in Lower Hutt is going to be a joint Noel Leeming / Bond & Bond store, makes you wonder why they bother having both brands in the marketplace.

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Reply # 24092 1-Dec-2005 08:29
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I always wondered about the Noel Leeming / Bond and Bond brand distinction myself. Apparently, Bond and Bond is supposed to be more of a 'budget' brand, and targets younger and more techno-savvy people, but they seem to have pretty much the same stock and the same prices as Noel Leeming.

Personally, as far as chain stores are concerned, Dick Smith is my preference.

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  Reply # 24112 1-Dec-2005 14:21

Harvey Norman have an awesome Xmas special sale... I recommend that

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  Reply # 24121 1-Dec-2005 15:56
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Harvey Norman are probably the best place for a range of goods but they are also rather expensive, instead of competing on price they are more interested in giving you 24 months interest free or deferred payments which can be a good deal but not if you just want to pay cash and be done!

If you want a good deal these days it seems to be the smaller guys who have them.


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Reply # 24125 1-Dec-2005 16:32
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Mahuhu: Harvey Norman have an awesome Xmas special sale... I recommend that
I already bought a Nikon D50 SLR digi camera with twin lens kit there as my present :-)
My precious...
Got one of these when going out to the US last month. Then bought the 55-200 lens kit on a Best Buy shop with $50 discount.

I bought a 1GB Pretec 133x SD card for this camera - it's very fast...






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  Reply # 24130 1-Dec-2005 18:11
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alasta: I always wondered about the Noel Leeming / Bond and Bond brand distinction myself. Apparently, Bond and Bond is supposed to be more of a 'budget' brand, and targets younger and more techno-savvy people, but they seem to have pretty much the same stock and the same prices as Noel Leeming.


Looking at the 2 mailers that arrived today they are virtually identical in terms on content and pricing is identical. I can understand having both brands and having different locations but putting the two stores right next to each other like they are in Lower Hutt is just silly!


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Reply # 24132 1-Dec-2005 20:54
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They did the same thing in Christchurch. On Moorhouse Ave, Noel Leeming and Big Byte used to be next to each other and Bond+Bond was a few metres away but, after the demise of Big Byte, they shifted Bond+Bond into Big Byte's old premises, right next door to Noel Leeming!

The atmosphere differs slightly between the two stores (Bond+Bond is more spaced out, while Noel Leeming feels more modern) but, otherwise, there is no difference. Let's not forget that we're talking about prime real estate here, so it's amazing that having the two stores side-by-side can be economically justified.

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  Reply # 24134 1-Dec-2005 21:04
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It's just a shame Pacific Retail got things so wrong with Big Byte. When the new owners purchased the whole Big Byte/Noel Lemming/Bond & Bond it was the first thing they dumped due to it's poor performance. It wasn't hard to see why it failed but there must still be room in NZ for a nationwide chain of stores modelled off something like CompUSA.

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Reply # 24160 2-Dec-2005 14:12
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Does anyone know what dates the N70 are going to be in store or if they are where in Auckland



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  Reply # 24161 2-Dec-2005 14:37

called noel leeming connect, despite it being on display the price of $999 is an estimate until they get them in, they are expected to be in roughly about january, sorry about getting your hopes up.

I know they are available at parallel imported and i believe the $999 is the correct price as it corresponds to voda's website.


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