Appliances for the right price

Reporter: Helen wellings

It's a bargain hunter's heaven. Cheap imports and cut-throat retail competition are dropping the prices on all sorts of household appliances.

Costco Australia's Managing Director Patrick Noone says there's no shortage of good cheap products.

"The price of DVD players and DVD recorders, remember when they came out? They were $500 or $600 a piece, now they are down to $70, for a DVD Player and combination down to $145," Patrick said.

"A couple of years ago a TV like this Samsung would have been $4000 or $5000 when they first came out. Now these TV's have dropped down to $1500, great price, great value, great quality."

"We are a $US73 billion-a-year company so we are able to buy merchandise from around the world. As an international retailer we can source merchandise from any part of the world, from Asia, from Europe and bring it down to Australia. And with the strong Australian dollar, at some great prices."

Peter Hammerman owns 2nds World where prices for new appliances are falling every month.

"Cheap is not nasty, cheap is really good. You get a really quality product at a fantastic price," Peter said.

"The prices are going lower and lower, we've got dishwashers from $385, that has never happened before."

The reason? Fridges, stoves, washing machines, dryers and TVs are now being manufactured in countries where labour is cheaper and quality is on the up.

"The quality of the product today is far better than it was 10 years ago, even five years ago. Everything comes with a minimum two year warranty. Turkey, China, Korea, Poland, Mexico, it is amazing the number and variety of products coming from everywhere. It is the labour cost from Thailand, we have wonderful manufacturers of Bosch and Fisher and Paykel that manufacture in Thailand," Peter said.

Manufacturing is getting faster and more innovative. The moment a new model hits the stores, the obsolete versions become the biggest bargains around.

Go for factory seconds and you can double your savings. Even a damaged carton can halve the price.

"Many of our factory seconds, it is very difficult to see the tiny ding, this is on the side here because it has had a forklift scratch. So that is $1589, down to $899, so save $690," Peter said.

Aldi buys directly from the manufacturers and has some real bargains.

From Thursday, April 1st you can nab a clothes dryer for $269, and for $49.99 each, a ceramic towel heater, a retro food blender and an oil column heater. You can pick up a fan heater for just $11.99. A retro toaster will cost just $29.99.

Full list of discount appliance centres across the nation,

Contacts and prices

2nds World:

Owner: Peter Hammerman

Web: www.2ndsworld.com.au

Auburn: (02) 9748 4898

Cremorne: (02) 9904 1101

Caringbah: (02) 8556 2333

Penrith: (02) 4747 5151

'Samsung Induction Cooktop {Carton Damage}

$1499 RRP discounted to $799.

'Haier Dishwasher {run out model}

Was $549, now $385.

'ILVE upright oven

Was $15,199, now $7999.

'White Damani Cooktop {factory second}

RRP $299, Now $138

'EURO oven

Was $699, now $419.

'Fisher and Paykel Aquasmart Washing machine

RRP $1229, discount $699

Fisher and Paykel Fridge

RRP $1869, down to $1199.

'Whirlpool Washing machine.

$1099 down to $699

'Westinghouse Fridge

$1589 down to $899

'Samsung 55 inch LED TV {superceded model}

$5999 down to $4999

'Panasonic 54inch Plasma TV {tiny scratch}

$5999 down to $4695

COSTCO AUSTRALIA

Managing Director Costco Australia: Patrick Noone

web: www.costco.com.au

Docklands

381 Footscray Road

Docklands, Victoria 3008

Phone: (03) 8602 0300

Trading Hours:

Monday to Friday

Business Members only: 10.00 am to 11.00 am

All members: 11.00 am to 8.30 pm

Saturday

All members: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Sunday

All members: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Holiday hours:

Good Friday (2-Apr-2010): Closed

Easter Saturday (3-Apr-2010): 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Easter Sunday (4-Apr-2010): Closed

Easter Monday (5-Apr-2010): 10.00am to 5.00 pm

ANZAC Day (25-Apr-2010): Closed

ANZAC Public Holiday Monday (26-Apr-2010): 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Queen's Birthday (14-Jun-2010): 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Melbourne Cup Day (2-Nov-2010): 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Christmas Day (25-Dec-2010): Closed

Boxing Day (26-Dec-2010): 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Australian Home Office:

Ground Floor, 82 Waterloo Road

North Ryde / Macquarie Park, NSW 2113

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Phone: (02) 9469 7999

Fax: (02) 9469 7995

Postal address:

P.O.Box 1970 Macquarie Centre

NSW 2113

SA cheap appliances

SA Appliance Warehouse Sales

82 OG Road, Klemzig

8266 5344

And 342 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton

8356 0013

Direct Builders Warehouse

12 Paula Ave Windsor Gdns (cnr North East Rd)

8366 7761

Harvey Normal Electrical Factory Outlet

309 South Rd, Mile End

8150 8045

WA Cheap Appliances

Rick Hart

www.rickhart.com.au

1300 427 247

The Good Guys

www.goodguys.com.au

Osborne Park Store

9202 8900

Cannington Store

9334 2700

Rockingham Store

9550 7444