(Left to right) Sean Collins shows Belinda Hylard some of the large range of LCD and plasma televisions for sale at Harvey Norman yesterday.
(Left to right) Sean Collins shows Belinda Hylard some of the large range of LCD and plasma televisions for sale at Harvey Norman yesterday. Chris Ison

High dollar a big bargain

LISA Andrews knows where to grab a bargain.

The local shopper has furnished her home with homeware and white goods from Harvey Norman, since the strength in the Aussie dollar has seen prices drop significantly.

Harvey Norman Electrical franchisee owner Brian Bollington said he had never seen prices cheaper.

“TVs have come down dramatically over the last couple of years and even more over the last year since the Aussie dollar has increased,” Mr Bollington said.

“There couldn't be a cheaper time to buy across-the-board white goods.”

The franchisee owner said sales had increased above last year's, and those looking for a bargain should grab one now.

“I'm sure there are a lot of people looking to buy and replace their goods since the floods, so it's a great time for those people to buy.”

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Consumer Price Index (CPI) said the most significant offsetting price falls for the 2011 March quarter were for furniture – 6.2%, audio, visual and computing equipment – 7.2%, milk – 6.2%, overseas holiday travel and accommodation – 1.6% and motor vehicles – 0.5%.

Lisa said she might look elsewhere but she usually always ended up back at Harvey Norman.

“I come here because the prices are so good.

“I've bought my fridge, clothes dryer, washing machine, laptop and coffee machine here, not to mention the homewares I buy from here too,” Lisa said.

“I heard about the sale they were having so that's why I'm here to replace my old coffee machine.”

Mr Bollington said an LG 8.5kg top-load washing machine now at $598 would have been significantly more last year than its current price.



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