Shoppers fill the aisles at Stockland Rockhampton on Saturday, all searching for a Boxing Day bargain.
Shoppers fill the aisles at Stockland Rockhampton on Saturday, all searching for a Boxing Day bargain. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

It's a Boxing Day boom

CROWDS lined up outside Rockhampton shopping centres before they opened on Saturday morning, as the city’s shops operated on Boxing Day for the first time.

Parents Megan Bowser and Adrian Charles braved the crowds early with their one-year-old son Thomas.

All Megan asked for this Christmas was money to splurge with on Boxing Day – and she got what she wanted.

Megan said crowds were “okay” in the morning, but by lunchtime aisles at Stockland Rockhampton were filling up quickly.

The plan of attack? “Get in and get out,” Megan said, and her job was made easier by a very happy baby, who was happy to browse with mum and dad.

Doug Webber, who owns Retravision in North Rockhampton, said he sold more than 300 TVs on Boxing Day.

He said he was shocked at the number of shoppers on Saturday after a quiet lead-up to Christmas when sales were down 10% on 2008 figures.

Mr Webber said LCD and plasma TVs were the best sellers as well as discounted fridges and dishwashers.

He said Boxing Day 2009 was 30% up on the same day last year.

Management at Stockland Rockhampton, which will be closed today for a public holiday, weren’t in a position yesterday to comment on Boxing Day sales, but said they would issue a statement during the week.

Across Rockhampton on Saturday, people preferring not to shop stayed indoors to watch the Boxing Day Test match or ventured to the cinemas for some blockbuster Boxing Day releases.

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor warned consumers at the weekend that they did not have the right to pursue a refund because their pre-Christmas purchase was cheaper at the Boxing Day sales.

“You are not entitled to a refund because it’s cheaper,” Mr Lawlor said yesterday.

“You are only entitled to a refund because it’s defective or is not suitable for the purpose it was intended.

“Especially around this time the Office of Fair Trading receives an increased number of complaints.”



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