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Consumer Price Watch - Living Room Electric Goods

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Today is the third day of Price Watch, a price comparison study of various products in the large stores around the country. Each week we will choose a category and this week we are looking at electrical goods you would find in your living room. We will get the price of the same three electrical products in four of the main electrical retailers in the Republic and two electrical retailers in Northern Ireland.

According to a study commissioned by the NCA 3 in every 4 people now shop around.

Tina Leonard, Consumer Expert

What is the Strand all about?
We are carrying on from our very popular Trolley Watch item and keeping price comparison as the continuing theme. However this time we are going to look at various goods around your house that you will probably want to replace if broken or old. Today we are looking at a bit of luxury and hope to find the best price for some electrical goods you might buy for your living room.

What are we hoping to find from this survey?
Where you will get the best price for each product among various retailers in the Republic and Northern Ireland.

What are we looking at this week?
This week we are talking about electrical goods you might buy for your living room like a television, a DVD player and a HiFi system.

So where did you go to this week?
We went to various electrical retailers.

Samsung LE46B650 LCD TV 46"
Cheapest to dearest:

Harvey Norman €1,169*
DID Electrical €1,199*
Power City €1,199.95*
Argos NI £1,299.99* / €1427
Harvey Norman NI £1399 / €1535.70*
Argos €1,999.99*


Which is cheapest and if there is much of a difference?
The cheapest store in the Republic is Harvey Norman at €1169. The cheapest store overall is also Harvey Norman in the Republic. The difference between the dearest and the cheapest is €830.99

Philips DVP3310
Cheapest to dearest:
Harvey Norman €37*
Argos NI £34.99* / €38.40
Harvey Norman NI £36 / €39.50*
Power City €39.95*
DID Electrical €39.95*
Currys €39.99*


Which is cheapest and if there is much of a difference?
The cheapest store both in the Republic and overall in Ireland again is Harvey Norman at €37. There is only a small difference however of €2.99 so not a huge saving but a saving all the same.

Roberts MP43
Cheapest to dearest:

Currys NI £199.90 / €219.40*
PC World NI £199.99 / €219.50*
Harvey Norman €269*
DID Electrical €269.95*
Power City €279.95*
Peats €299*
Currys €349.99*


Which is cheapest and if there is much of a difference?
The cheapest store in the Republic is Harvey Norman again at €269. The cheapest store overall is Currys in NI at €219.40. That is a saving of €130.59 between the cheapest and dearest.

In total that is a saving of €964.57 if you just shop around and make sure to get the best price for every product you buy.

When you're buying up north are our rights the same?
Your rights are still the same re repairs, returns etc. i.e. if the product is faulty or not as described, the shop is obliged to repair, replace or refund. Also check that manufacturer's warranties/guarantees also cover RoI.

What about the WEE directive? Do you have to bring your old TV with you if you are buying a new one up the north?
Yes you can bring your old TV and give it to the shop in the North. Or you can bring it free of charge to one of the recycling centres here. Check your local council as to where the centre is in your locality.

What will we be checking the prices of next week?
With a view that people are starting to do their Christmas shopping we will be checking the price of an IPod, a digital camera and a Wii Console.

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