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  # 1529126 9-Apr-2016 18:19
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They seem to have quite a lot of apple stuff, like ipods, cables. But they are probably older generation ones. They have only reduced them by 15%, so wonder if they will be discount them significantly closer to the date. Can't see ipods as being a big seller, even with 50% off. My local DSE is perhaps only 1/4 full now. I guess the receivers have done a reasonable job at extracting value from this, by increasing the discounts. I was looking at an outdoor camara, but even with 50% off, I can still get a better deal elsewhere for the same thing, and apparently it was a shop demo model and missing a cable..


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  # 1529173 9-Apr-2016 19:36
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CamH: Glenfield DSE was closed with people dismantling the store at 2pm. If news.com.au is to be believed, today was the day for all store closures in NZ.

 

 

 

Yep!   Glenfield and another eight NZ stores today, including 'Masterson' lol.

 

 

 

Glenfield 9 April 2016

 

Thames 9 April 2016

 

Invercargill 9 April 2016

 

Orewa 9 April 2016

 

Masterson 9 April 2016

 

Alexandra 9 April 2016

 

Levin 9 April 2016


 
 
 
 


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  # 1529232 9-Apr-2016 20:52
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amiga500:

 

CamH: Glenfield DSE was closed with people dismantling the store at 2pm. If news.com.au is to be believed, today was the day for all store closures in NZ.

 

 

 

Yep!   Glenfield and another eight NZ stores today, including 'Masterson' lol.

 

 

 

Glenfield 9 April 2016

 

Thames 9 April 2016

 

Invercargill 9 April 2016

 

Orewa 9 April 2016

 

Masterson 9 April 2016

 

Alexandra 9 April 2016

 

Levin 9 April 2016

 

 

 

 

I recall Mastertons was a store inside another store. Although it has been years since I was out that way. It is going to be bad for many of these small towns, as they are already losing a lot of their stores. Some of these small towns retail strips are now half empty.


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  # 1529285 9-Apr-2016 22:37
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PottsyNZ:

 

Staff seem to be taking it all ok.

 

TV behind counter has an ad displaying on it (must be a slide show of jpegs) "Manager's desk - $250"

 

Me to sales girl: "OOo a manager's desk I've always wanted one of those!"

 

Sales girl: *laughs* "It's a rip off, the new ones are cheaper across the road Warehouse Stationary"

 

Had a talk to her...she already had a job and keep getting people coming in offering them work...she was happy she could get a few more days out of DSE and just kinda take the piss and cash the cheques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Went into the Manners street store today...

 

They have a very scruffy (years of use) two draw steel filing cabinet for sale a t $350!!!

 

Asked one of the employees who sets the price on the store fittings. He said it was the receivers. I said they want $350 for a used two draw filing cabinet?! He said he had checked Warehouse Stationary the day before, and they sell new ones for $400-$500.

 

Funny how The Warehouse Stationary website lists a new three draw steel filing cabinet for $303  


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  # 1529288 9-Apr-2016 22:44
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One thing I have learned with office furniture is that there is a huge variance in quality of them, so it may be the same as a way more $ one rather than a cheap $300 one from warehouse stationary.





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  # 1529293 9-Apr-2016 23:11
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DSE are selling their furniture without keys, so you have to factor that into the price. You can pickup filing cabinets cheap as chips on trademe and places like turners, and decent brands too. I got a precision one for $50, and it originally retailed for a huge amount.Many offices will also give them away.


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I went into our local (Whangarei) DSE yesterday to see how things were going. Stock was pretty low and all the fittings were pulled apart. Sad to see it in such a state! I have fond memories of Dick Smith as a kid, (in the '80's!) when a Dick Smith voucher for a birthday or Christmas was just the best present EVER!

 

The thing is, while looking around at the stock they had left, most of which was 80% off, my response was "Well if I NEEDED one of those I MIGHT buy one" rather than "WOW what a bargain, I'll take TEN!" Kinda shows the business model pricing had gone wrong somewhere when at only 20% of the original price I still needed convincing!  :-(

 

 

 

I owe a huge part of my 'Geekness' to Dick Smith. It introduced a young mind to all sorts of electronics, gadgets and tech. I spent hundreds of hours building and rebuilding circuits with his 'Funway' kits. And in a "Time Before The Internet" (yes kiddies, there was a time before the internet!) the Dick Smith catalogue was a goldmine of technical information and knowledge for a budding young Geek!

 

 

 

Farewell Dick Smith, I'll remember you for the good times.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1529796 11-Apr-2016 08:06
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tangerz:

 

 

 

Farewell Dick Smith, I'll remember you for the good times.

 

 

 

 

I agree with your comments, but the reality is that the store you remember died quite some time ago.  With the rebrand to DSE came a change away from electronic components and funway kits etc.

 

 

 

Essentially Dick Smith that you remember has been in a coma for the last 5 years or more, and the plugs been pulled now.  Elvis left the building quite some time ago.


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  # 1530353 11-Apr-2016 23:39
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Jaxson:

 

tangerz:

 

 

 

Farewell Dick Smith, I'll remember you for the good times.

 

 

 

 

I agree with your comments, but the reality is that the store you remember died quite some time ago.  With the rebrand to DSE came a change away from electronic components and funway kits etc.

 

 

 

Essentially Dick Smith that you remember has been in a coma for the last 5 years or more, and the plugs been pulled now.  Elvis left the building quite some time ago.

 

 

 

 

PB Electronics is the place to go for a happy half hour of browsing pretty much anything a person could want in the computer category.    Poor old Dick Smith even five years ago, was more like one of those trucks that trundle through the poorer suburbs selling stuff.    No range & horribly expensive.


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  # 1530355 11-Apr-2016 23:53
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Jaxson:

 

tangerz:

 

 

 

Farewell Dick Smith, I'll remember you for the good times.

 

 

 

 

I agree with your comments, but the reality is that the store you remember died quite some time ago.  With the rebrand to DSE came a change away from electronic components and funway kits etc.

 

 

 

Essentially Dick Smith that you remember has been in a coma for the last 5 years or more, and the plugs been pulled now.  Elvis left the building quite some time ago.

 

 

 

 

I agree.

 

As a kid I built all the fun way kits and many years ago when I went to Uni, I had a part time job there. I also owe a fair bit of my geekiness to them.

 

I remember the day a walked in and got confused when I discovered I couldn't buy geeky stuff there anymore. I couldn't understand why they were getting out of a niche market and was grateful that Jaycar had opened a branch in the central city.


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  # 1530452 12-Apr-2016 09:22
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Went into Hornby store a few weeks ago, when did DSE start selling coffee makers, electric tooth brushes, nutri-ninjas etc? They really did lose the plot on their core business didn't they.

 

The prices they have on their fittings is flat out ridiculous, there was a laminated (dinged) metal legged display table (think circa 1970s styling) with $200 on it, and their display shelving with $5-800, ridiculous.


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  # 1530472 12-Apr-2016 09:33
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sen8or:

 

 

 

The prices they have on their fittings is flat out ridiculous,

 

 

Masterton had a sticker on the till computer monitor.  Not entirely sure how they'd get on if someone did want to buy it.  Looked around 17", all beat up and scungy, so appropriately priced at $180...


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  # 1530585 12-Apr-2016 11:19
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I think that the receivers have planned to keep prices above the cheapest prices available anywhere else in a 'bricks and mortar' store until the last 10 days or two weeks of the sale, hoping that the gradual reductions will tempt people to buy and maximise the dollars brought in.    For example that 1 metre ethernet cable down to $4.00 at Dick Smith, but $3.46 at PB Electronics.    Expect to see bins with '$1.00' and '$2.00' on them soon to move the cables and other cheap stuff.


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  # 1532700 13-Apr-2016 19:15
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Jaxson:

 

sen8or:

 

 

 

The prices they have on their fittings is flat out ridiculous,

 

 

Masterton had a sticker on the till computer monitor.  Not entirely sure how they'd get on if someone did want to buy it.  Looked around 17", all beat up and scungy, so appropriately priced at $180...

 

 

 

 

It's probably the Viewsonic 17" ERSV (Extra Rugged Store Version) circa 2006-07, brought in specially for retail sites that made their staff do excessive amounts of up-selling.   It has also survived the anger of punches from gift card purchasers so it might be worth what they are asking...


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Looks like their Facebook groups are now gone


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