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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 13155 25-Apr-2007 02:35
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Hi all,

Does anyone know the best and cheapest places to buy computer components in NZ ? Is it a competitive market or are there only a few suppliers ?

I heard a lot of suppliers have tried to tap into the market and gone bust as there was no demand ?


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  Reply # 68391 25-Apr-2007 03:23
Send private message is your friend here. But most low prices are based on cash deposits rather than credit card ala Ebuyer....







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  Reply # 70876 16-May-2007 15:34
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I agree pricespy is a great place to buy. However just be careful as I have had the experience where the price advertised
on the web does not match the stock price in the shop. May pay to ring first to double check.


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  Reply # 70890 16-May-2007 16:38
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In most cases cheaper prices I have found.  And if not, then you are gaining anyway as all delivery is free within NZ.


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  Reply # 70896 16-May-2007 17:59
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there is always a comprimise between price and quality, and this is no different. I agree with ZollyMonster, Ascent seem pretty good, however aren't the cheapest. They definitely have a good rep though.

Agree about delivery. Watch out, some places like QMB are cheap, but their freighting is expensive. Have found them OK to deal with though. Last time I was up in Auckland I went into their shop and bought stuff, sure gets rid of the shipping cost :)

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  Reply # 71082 17-May-2007 22:22
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i suppose u gotta know what u r after first, like the brand/model#/specs...etc 

spend some time look at both PRICESPY and TRADEME. as 3C prices varies due to demand/supply.

from my experiece, if its too old or out of production, then there will be less listing (hence higher quoted price) from pricespy.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 71452 21-May-2007 09:55
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I'm having a bit of a problem with the "PC Online shop" (aka Rainbow Techology Ltd). I paid for some storage devices a couple of weeks ago (and payment was confirmed then) but my emails and phone messages enquiring about delivery have not been replied too. Has anybody else had difficulty or been ripped off by this company???

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  Reply # 71483 21-May-2007 11:32
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Have used Rainbow Techology Ltd once with good service, however I mainly use MadKiwi ( as they have always been helpfull and have pretty good pricing and delivery (no I am not associated with them!)

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  Reply # 71848 23-May-2007 10:59
Send private message for christchurch orders. I get all my parts there, dirt cheap.

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  Reply # 71857 23-May-2007 11:31
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Price Spy or Google are good for finding the prices. Just make sure in the google searc you're putting or .nz for some of the local sites to be found.

If around Auckland, OEM computers, E-one, Supercheap Computers and other all do really discount pricing on things though often aren't on price spy.

Been having some nice times with c1 shopping mall lately too.

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  Reply # 71859 23-May-2007 11:56
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I have found both of these to be superb.

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  Reply # 72056 24-May-2007 12:38
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Best online retailers I've dealt with, when things go wrong (i.e. after-sales service):
* Auckland   - Computer Lounge
* Wellington - Ascent

One of those two is the best in NZ IMHO, although Ascent seem to be slipping just a little lately (maybe they're getting too popular?).

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 72077 24-May-2007 14:59
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I just got an email from PC Online this morning that the goods had been shipped. Took 16 days after receipt of payment for shipment - that just seems like a long time to be waiting for computer bits. I can understand they might not have everything in stock so save costs, but ignoring customer enquiries doesn't endear them to me. I'd hate to imagine the hassle in trying to return something (fingers crossed).

Maybe I'm just being fussy, but next time I'll stick to (or try Ascent), even if they are a bit pricier.


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  Reply # 72271 26-May-2007 05:24
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Snikch: for christchurch orders. I get all my parts there, dirt cheap.

If you are in christchurch then I definitely second his recommendation for TasTech. I probably buy about $15,000 of computer equipment through them for myself and my work every year, and his service is always exemplary, and whenever components need to be RMA'd they're really good, often getting in a replacement component before you return the original, for minimum downtime. In terms of speed they're also very good, frequently components can be picked up the same day as you ordered them, even when they're not in stock and are coming from the wholesaler, and things are almost always there by the next day at the latest.

If you're not in christchurch then, as others have said, pricespy is probably your best bet, and of course its always good to be able to take a look at the spectrum of pricing, so you have a good idea of the market price compared to the price at your favoured shop.

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