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I am wondering as my company has a special offer in the coming weeks where we can get anything from Harvey Norman stores in Auckland at Harvey Norman staff discounted prices, including items on special.  Thanks.




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  #183103 9-Dec-2008 19:18
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I think its something like cost + 5% or similar? 







 
 
 

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Ahh, so it's not as simple as, say, 20% off all laptops, 10% off tvs, etc?

I wouldn't expect much of a discount actually since the margins are so tight.




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  #183136 9-Dec-2008 20:48
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When I worked at Bond & Bond it was cost plus 5%. As stated don't expect much discount off some electronics such as laptops, anything apple etc.

Higher end audio gear has a decent mark-up though. I purchased an amp for about 2/3rds of the retail price.

Other things that have huge mark-ups are small consumables like batteries, cell phone accessories, add-on warranties...




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marmel: When I worked at Bond & Bond it was cost plus 5%. As stated don't expect much discount off some electronics such as laptops, anything apple etc.

Higher end audio gear has a decent mark-up though. I purchased an amp for about 2/3rds of the retail price.

Other things that have huge mark-ups are small consumables like batteries, cell phone accessories, add-on warranties...



Thanks for your input.  So you would reckon that the Boxing Day sales would be better if I wanted to buy a laptop and a Wii?




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  #183145 9-Dec-2008 21:11
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Cables!!! Honestly from working at DSE I will not buy retail price cables now. On most big things as stated sometimes even retail is cheaper than discount







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  #183149 9-Dec-2008 21:24
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heavenly_wild:
marmel: When I worked at Bond & Bond it was cost plus 5%. As stated don't expect much discount off some electronics such as laptops, anything apple etc.

Higher end audio gear has a decent mark-up though. I purchased an amp for about 2/3rds of the retail price.

Other things that have huge mark-ups are small consumables like batteries, cell phone accessories, add-on warranties...



Thanks for your input.  So you would reckon that the Boxing Day sales would be better if I wanted to buy a laptop and a Wii?


Definately.

There are two other things to consider here. When products are on special the manufacturer/distributor also comes to the party quite often so they may be providing some discount to the retailer, enabling a bigger saving for the punters.

Second, most shop staff do not know the real cost price of goods. They know what there computer tells them the cost price is but in reality this is normally put there by someone in the buying department. Actual cost of goods is generally lower due to rebates etc.

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pebbles: Cables!!! Honestly from working at DSE I will not buy retail price cables now. On most big things as stated sometimes even retail is cheaper than discount


Haha, yeah, cables are retailing for insane prices.  Take the $150 HDMI cables, a couple of metres long.  Seriously, you could get the same length cable for $25 elsewhere, unbranded. 




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  #183157 9-Dec-2008 21:31
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heavenly_wild:
pebbles: Cables!!! Honestly from working at DSE I will not buy retail price cables now. On most big things as stated sometimes even retail is cheaper than discount


Haha, yeah, cables are retailing for insane prices.  Take the $150 HDMI cables, a couple of metres long.  Seriously, you could get the same length cable for $25 elsewhere, unbranded. 


And the shop would still be making $12.50 out of it!

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marmel:
heavenly_wild:
marmel: When I worked at Bond & Bond it was cost plus 5%. As stated don't expect much discount off some electronics such as laptops, anything apple etc.

Higher end audio gear has a decent mark-up though. I purchased an amp for about 2/3rds of the retail price.

Other things that have huge mark-ups are small consumables like batteries, cell phone accessories, add-on warranties...



Thanks for your input.  So you would reckon that the Boxing Day sales would be better if I wanted to buy a laptop and a Wii?


Definately.

There are two other things to consider here. When products are on special the manufacturer/distributor also comes to the party quite often so they may be providing some discount to the retailer, enabling a bigger saving for the punters.

Second, most shop staff do not know the real cost price of goods. They know what there computer tells them the cost price is but in reality this is normally put there by someone in the buying department. Actual cost of goods is generally lower due to rebates etc.


Thanks for your input mate.  Bond and Bond had a few "Friends and Family" nights over the past 6 months and I was disappointed at the amount of savings to be had.  It was "cost + 10%" and they could only offer $50 off a PS3.  I see PS3s now are $100 cheaper than their offer on those nights.




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pebbles: I think its something like cost + 5% or similar? 

yes it is cost + 5% my gf works with them




 


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