With the wealth of information and options available online, buying electronic appliances online is becoming an increasingly feasible option. I’ve been checking out some of the popular sites for appliances and put together a roundup off some things that you should consider before you make your purchase.
The Hassel Free Option
Appliances Online is one of the hottest picks on the market at the moment as they boast a wide range of household appliances at competitive prices and they offer great perks in the form of free delivery as well as removal and recycling of your disconnected old appliance. This can definitely come in handy when you are talking about bulky items like fridges, dishwashers and washing machines. For instance when you purchase this Bosch dishwasher from Appliances Online, you are looking at paying just $647; this price is inclusive of delivery and removal of your old disconnected dishwasher.
Most other outlets have a higher base price and are not offering free delivery or removal. You should note that the free removal service only applies to selected appliances, so be sure to read the fine print. The other plus point about shopping at Appliances Online is that all the necessary information is right there on the product page - for instance just click on installation options and you’ll be able to find out how much extra you will have to pay for installation. Other stores like Bing Lee and The Good Guys also have installation packages but from what I’ve seen, this information is not available on the product page and you might have to contact them separately to arrange for installation which makes the whole process a little more inconvenient.
Factoring In The Details
Sometimes getting the best price on an item is about factoring in all the details. Right now Bing Lee is offering free delivery on newly released large televisions and that sounds like a great promotion but, a little research reveals that this offer is limited to Sydney metropolitan, ACT and selected regional areas where Bing Lee stores are located and it may not even be the best overall deal on specific televisions.
For instance if you wanted to purchase this LG 55LB5610 55" Full HD LED-LCD TV it would be $1595 with free delivery at Bing Lee. Shipping outside these areas would cost an additional $33, bringing your total to $1628. Over at Appliances Online they are offering a price of $1572 with free delivery with no stated restrictions on delivery areas and removal of your old disconnected appliance, making it the better pick of the two.
In The Hunt For Maximum Savings
If you are looking at paying the absolute lowest price possible, one option that is worth checking out is 2NDS World which sells factory seconds as well as refurbished goods. According to their website, the factory rejects are in perfect working condition but have some cosmetic damage. They also have goods that have suffered damage to their packaging during transit as well as ex display items. I haven’t made a purchase from them so I can’t offer any assurances on the working condition of the items but it does seem to be an option worth exploring especially if they can offer a huge discount on an item. I checked out a couple of items and the savings tend to vary between $20 to over $100. This Kenwood - 1000W Versatile Food Processor is $224 delivered at 2NDS World while over at The Good Guys you would have to pay $299 for the same item in pristine condition- that’s a $75 saving. Both Myer and Harvey Norman have it for over $300. It does seem like a good buy since you also have the assurance of a 12 month warranty from 2NDS World.
Overall, there aren’t many short cuts to buying electrical appliances online but there are useful strategies that you should keep in mind when you make your purchase like how convenient you want the whole process to be, whether there are ongoing promotions at other outlets and whether you are looking for the flat out lowest price. I will be doing a follow up post with more in-depth strategies on how to get the best bang for your buck so stay tuned for that!