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May 10, 2007

Internet-powered shopping

The chief toad recently made the valuable observation that the first offered price is rarely the best. Over the past couple of years, we've discovered another shopping secret that has saved us up to 50% on our IT purchases - although hopefully sharing it with you isn't going to destroy the effectiveness of this trick...

Step 1: Use a site like Shopbot or ShopFerret to find the cheapest vendors in the country for your chosen gadget. Let's say we're buying a Brother HL-2070N laser printer - we'd start with a price comparison, which in this case shows prices ranging from $245 to $366 at 32 stores.

Step 2: Print out the web site quotes for a couple of the cheapest stores - they'll normally be no-name little shops in the middle of nowhere, and may well not have stock, but don't let that stop you!

Step 3: Visit your nearest big IT store like Officeworks or Harvey Norman, after checking they have your chosen item in stock. A quick check shows Officeworks, which is near me, has it for $349.

Step 4: Show the sales person your printed quotes. Most of the big shops have a policy of always matching competitive quotes. Thus far, I've never had an example of them failing to do this. In this case, I'll get my printer for $245, which is a 40% saving on the quoted price!

Posted by Jeremy at May 10, 2007 04:15 PM

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Even better than the two URL's you suggested try http://www.staticice.com.au

Posted by: Adrian at May 11, 2007 05:20 PM

Jeremy didn't mention StaticIce, I think, because I'd already linked to it in the post he was referring to.

Posted by: cw at May 11, 2007 05:28 PM