It's official. JB Hi-Fi is acquiring home appliance retailer The Good Guys for a cool $870 million. What does this deal mean for consumers? Let's find out.
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Maybe you've never had a bad experience returning a dodgy TV or gadget. Good for you! Unfortunately, very few of us fall into this lovely demographic and have endured the run-around from both online and bricks-and-mortar stores. Turns out almost half of Aussie electronics retailers are guilty of having staff with no idea of what rights consumers have.
Consumer research group Global Reviews has released a report analysing the experiences of Australians looking to buy 46-55-inch televisions online. It found that JB Hi-Fi is the most preferred online store due to a perception of having the best prices. Harvey Norman, meanwhile, has a hard time holding onto would-be customers, with the majority defecting to another retailer before making their final purchase.
As we've noted in the past, iTunes gift cards are something you should never pay full price for -- if they're not on special at one retailer chances are high that they will be somewhere else. This week it's The Good Guys' turn who are offering three $20 iTunes Gift Cards For $40; a saving of around 33 per cent.
The vast majority of staff at Australia's major electronics retailers are pretty clueless when it comes to consumer rights, according to a new investigation by CHOICE. The consumer watchdog discovered widespread violations of Australian consumer law across 85 per cent of Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and JB Hi-Fi stores around the country.
From today until October 29, The Good Guys is offering two $20 iTunes cards for $30. That's an effective 25 per cent discount, which is as good as it gets.
Online retailers have offered bargain prices on the latest iPad from the day it was announced, but if you fancy grabbing one in an actual store, The Good Guys is selling them relatively cheaply right now. Pricing ranges from $498 for the basic 16GB offering (compared to $539 at Apple) to $858 for the 64GB 3G model ($899 at Apple).