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# 36359 23-Jun-2009 21:38
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Hi there. I was looking at possibly buying a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 from Vodafone. To me, $1,549 seems abit to much to spend on a phone considering phones that are cheaper do things better/equally as good in some cases. 

I was wondering wether or not Vodafone does price matching/beating. What i mean by this is I was thinking of going into a Vodafone store, saying that Expert Infotech ( have it for $920 can you match that price or do a better deal?

I know it works for computers/other products. EG: Walk into Noel Leeming and say Harvey Norman has 'Computer X' for $2000, you have it for $2200 and then Noel Leeming will offer me $2000 or a better price.

So will this work if it went to a Vodafone NZ Store or does price matching/beating not apply to cellphones? 

Also, because I am in the Wellington region, and Einfo (and all other Parallel Importers from my knowledge) are in Auckland, would that mean anything? Would price matching/beating only work in the regions where the two shops are.

Thanks in advance. :)

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  # 227802 23-Jun-2009 21:51
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Simple answer no


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  # 227808 23-Jun-2009 22:02
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Well i know telecom does it - the warehouse was offering the same phone cheaper and with free credit, and the telecom store matched it.
and it needs to be a physical store too; not just online


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  # 227810 23-Jun-2009 22:06
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As John said, No.

Those retailers which can sometimes price match have strict conditions which may or may not include,

* Must be above cost price
* competitor must be another retailer with a shop you can walk into
* competitor must have stock
* item must not be clearance etc
* if it is an online competitor, then ALL additional charges will be taken into account, freight credit card etc
* must be a written quote
* must be done within x days of quote, or advertisment.

Long answer... drum roll please.... no.

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  # 227832 24-Jun-2009 01:07
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not with parallel importers certainly, possibility of a major retailer matching another retailers pricing for a phone though. "like for like" not a parallel import or "web special".

rscole86 has pretty much nailed the criteria.

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  # 227846 24-Jun-2009 07:58
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M_I_C_H_A_E_L: To me, $1,549 seems abit to much to spend on a phone considering phones that are cheaper do things better/equally as good in some cases.

So why spend this kind of money if there are other options as you have pointed out, unless you just have to have the Sony for design?

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  # 227918 24-Jun-2009 12:23
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You could do it ifffffffff.

Go to somewhere like Hill and Stewart and JB HiFi (effectively the same company, JB own H&S)

From what I understand they price match on competition with each other.

But an actual Vodafone store, I am not sure about. General consensus here says no.

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