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quickymart
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  #2488851 21-May-2020 17:29
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Depends what you define as "high quality" - IMO their furniture range looks like it's from the 1970s or 1980s, and their computer stuff is all seriously outdated. Plus - as you point out yourself - they're quite expensive.


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  #2489084 22-May-2020 08:28
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They have a very odd range of products which, to me seemed like they weren't sure what type of store they are. A one stop shop that doesn't do particularly well in anything. I remember about 3 years ago I went in and saw an old Sony MP3 player in one of the cabinets like circa 2006(??) vintage for the high $200's hehehe. Would not want to see them fold as they do offer an alternative to Harvey Norman's etc but what chances of them staying afloat?? Probably close to zero.






 
 
 
 


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  #2489202 22-May-2020 10:12
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Was chatting tomum about this last night, and asked her when the last time she'd been near a Smiths City store was.

 

Turns out her bedroom and lounge suites are all from there mid last year. She was buying from somewhere else and saw a Smiths City store across the road and remembered they sold furniture too - not her first choice. Apparently she only bought from Smiths City because the salesperson basically let her name her price.





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  #2490482 24-May-2020 13:54
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Apparently these are the stores that are going to close:

 

• Mount Wellington

 

• Kapiti

 

• Porirua

 

• Whangarei

 

• Invercargill clearance centre

 

• Lower Hutt

 

• Christchurch outlet

 

 

 

I thought they would leave at least 1 store in the Wellington Region. We've brought plenty of household items off Smiths City so sad to see it go locally. 

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  #2490488 24-May-2020 14:05
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DjShadow:

 

Apparently these are the stores that are going to close:

 

• Mount Wellington • Kapiti • Porirua • Whangarei • Invercargill clearance centre • Lower Hutt • Christchurch outlet   I thought they would leave at least 1 store in the Wellington Region. We've brought plenty of household items off Smiths City so sad to see it go locally. 

 

 

 

End of an era for LV martins which SS purchased. Won't be any  stores in the wellington region, unless there is still one in Paraparaumu. Also could be reduced competition. With NZ dollar plummeting I can see stuff getting really expensive. Maybe good for exporters, but not much good for your consumer, where most things are made overseas these days.


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  #2490489 24-May-2020 14:08
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mattwnz:

 

DjShadow:

 

Apparently these are the stores that are going to close:

 

• Mount Wellington • Kapiti • Porirua • Whangarei • Invercargill clearance centre • Lower Hutt • Christchurch outlet   I thought they would leave at least 1 store in the Wellington Region. We've brought plenty of household items off Smiths City so sad to see it go locally. 

 

 

 

End of an era for LV martins which SS purchased. Won't be any  stores in the wellington region, unless there is still one in Paraparaumu. Also could be reduced competition. With NZ dollar plummeting I can see stuff getting really expensive. Maybe good for exporters, but not much good for your consumer, where most things are made overseas these days.

 

 

Paraparaumu/Kapiti one included on the list. Guess I'll get an e-mail from them any day now advising how extended warranty claims will work.


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  #2490503 24-May-2020 14:56
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mattwnz:

 

End of an era for LV martins which SS purchased. Won't be any  stores in the wellington region, unless there is still one in Paraparaumu. Also could be reduced competition. 

 

 

For furniture there is still plenty of competition, and for portable electronics I always buy stuff directly online from Apple/Garmin.

 

I'm a bit more worried about the lack of competition for whiteware and televisions. Other than a few boutique retailers, is there anywhere you can buy those products other than Harvey Norman, JB Hifi or The Warehouse Group?


 
 
 
 


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  #2490520 24-May-2020 15:46
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alasta:

 

mattwnz:

 

End of an era for LV martins which SS purchased. Won't be any  stores in the wellington region, unless there is still one in Paraparaumu. Also could be reduced competition. 

 

 

For furniture there is still plenty of competition, and for portable electronics I always buy stuff directly online from Apple/Garmin.

 

I'm a bit more worried about the lack of competition for whiteware and televisions. Other than a few boutique retailers, is there anywhere you can buy those products other than Harvey Norman, JB Hifi or The Warehouse Group?

 

 

 

 

Would never buy fuirniture from that sort of place anyway, and yes small electronics that can easily be transported are not really a problem. But yes, whiteware and large appliance could be a concern IMO. There does seem to have been a lot of consolidation in the market over the  last decade.


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  #2490525 24-May-2020 15:50
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Critics will tell you that whitewall / large appliances are high volume / low margin nowadays. Assuming this is true it would explain at least some of the consolidation we see here.


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  #2490530 24-May-2020 15:57
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My last whiteware came from noels for the washer and dryer, and the appliance shed who is now noels for the fridge.

 

Low value items are now served well by bunnings/mitre10/trade depot which I guess has taken a lot of the sales for people kitting out rentals etc from the appliance chains.





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  #2490532 24-May-2020 16:04
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alasta:

 

mattwnz:

 

End of an era for LV martins which SS purchased. Won't be any  stores in the wellington region, unless there is still one in Paraparaumu. Also could be reduced competition. 

 

 

For furniture there is still plenty of competition, and for portable electronics I always buy stuff directly online from Apple/Garmin.

 

I'm a bit more worried about the lack of competition for whiteware and televisions. Other than a few boutique retailers, is there anywhere you can buy those products other than Harvey Norman, JB Hifi or The Warehouse Group?

 

 

As long as they aren't owned by the same corporate, I see no issue.


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  #2490536 24-May-2020 16:14
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alasta:

 

mattwnz:

 

End of an era for LV martins which SS purchased. Won't be any  stores in the wellington region, unless there is still one in Paraparaumu. Also could be reduced competition. 

 

 

For furniture there is still plenty of competition, and for portable electronics I always buy stuff directly online from Apple/Garmin.

 

I'm a bit more worried about the lack of competition for whiteware and televisions. Other than a few boutique retailers, is there anywhere you can buy those products other than Harvey Norman, JB Hifi or The Warehouse Group?

 

 

There is little competition for furniture in Wellington there are a few overpriced stores such as freedom , big save  and target are crap . Smith City at least carried a good range of NZ made furniture such as coastwood furniture and provided a bit of competition for  Harvey Norman’s now even less choice for consumers.


quickymart
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  #2490547 24-May-2020 16:27
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So there won't be any in Auckland at all either? A shame but honestly I'm not surprised - I know my closest one (Wairau Park) hardly had any customers in it the few times I visited. It just didn't seem inspiring enough to get my custom.


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  #2490574 24-May-2020 17:39
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To my knowledge, Smiths City Auckland's customer base was largely made up of South Islanders who'd moved up North to work...

 

They botched their launch up North - without even explaining who they were in their marketing, then followed it up with a 100 Years in Business ad campaign where a bunch of really old people in the ad made me think it wasn't exactly targeted towards me...

 

 

 

Whangarei going means that Tauranga would be the Northen most store in their chain now?

 

 

 

Someone raised an interesting point the other day... with a change in ownership, will they even have terms of trade with their suppliers anymore?


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