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Electron Black Friday Sale rip-off?
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Just a small warning for anyone considering buying in the Black Friday sale that starts in Electron tomorrow: items may not be the deal you think they are!

I was investigating a new TV last week and made note of some prices and models. All the TVS I looked at will cost MORE in the sale than they did last weekend! I'm furious about this— at least at home they have the decency to put the price up for a few weeks before the sale so they can actually claim it's a "bargain".

One TV (LG 49UK6300PLB) is currently listed in the sale as €390, down from €459. However, when I looked on the 10th, it was listed in a different sale as €355, down from €399. Based on that, you're actually only saving about €9 in the sale! I don't know how they can say it was previously €459 when they were selling for almost a hundred less than that ten days ago. I thought that was against some kind of EU law...?

There are discounts on some other items which are more genuine (computer peripherals in particular are cheaper than last time I checked), but I wanted to put that out there so people would be aware they might not be getting the deal they appear to be and aren't rushed into buying something thinking it's a great offer that'll only be available for a short period. I'm sure it's not just TVs that this applies to, so keep your wits about you if you're hitting the city in the next couple of days!
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We were up at Electron yesterday and our interpretation of the Black Friday sale was it was only available on HP items at a discounted interest rates  Sad Sad
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All "Black Friday" deals are suspect, and usually only benefit the retailers!
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Thanks for the warning Ducks. This kind of tactics can be found in the UK too. The prices fluctuate like crazy and I don't think that Black Friday is the day when all retailers have the lowest ones. The best bargain deals are always at the end of January IMHO. Just wait for the new TV a couple more months, it'll be worth it. If you'll save let's say only 10% it'll like making 10% of the investment in two months time. That's like 60% yearly interest and no bank nor investor will ever give you this kind of Money.
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Unfortunately, Sam, I currently have NO TV, so I can't wait another two months! Imagine all those useless programs going unwatched for eight whole weeks...! Madness.  Big Grin

You're right, though; it's not the best time. I was keeping an eye on them over the summer and they had a few deals before the World Cup, though those were not such a bargain, either. I'll check back for the same model in January and see if it has changed any!
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(21-11-2018, 10:01 AM)Ducks Wrote: Unfortunately, Sam, I currently have NO TV, so I can't wait another two months! Imagine all those useless programs going unwatched for eight whole weeks...! Madness.  Big Grin

You're right, though; it's not the best time. I was keeping an eye on them over the summer and they had a few deals before the World Cup, though those were not such a bargain, either. I'll check back for the same model in January and see if it has changed any!

Have you shopped around in Puerto in the smaller shops? Also I'm pretty sure Electron had higher prices/less choice in the Rotondas when we've been buying our appliances. Although the TV we have now is from the Rotondas store.

You can also try to post a "Wanted" ad in the marketplace if you would be fine with a (smaller) second hand TV for the time being.

Or have a lovely trip to Gran Canaria and buy the TV in MediaMarkt if they have better offers.

And yes, there's many people living without a TV, now can be a good chance to try if it's working for you too. You'll might realise you don't need it to enjoy your life. Wink
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(20-11-2018, 08:29 PM)Ducks Wrote: One TV (LG 49UK6300PLB) is currently listed in the sale as €390, down from €459. However, when I looked on the 10th, it was listed in a different sale as €355, down from €399. Based on that, you're actually only saving about €9 in the sale! I don't know how they can say it was previously €459 when they were selling for almost a hundred less than that ten days ago.

Checking the prices here in the UK, the cheapest you can buy the TV right now is £379 on Amazon and Richer Sounds. It looks like the 355 euros was real bargain considering the euro/pound exchange rate or simply a misprice.
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(21-11-2018, 01:04 PM)“Sam Wrote:
(20-11-2018, 08:29 PM)Ducks Wrote: One TV (LG 49UK6300PLB) is currently listed in the sale as €390, down from €459. However, when I looked on the 10th, it was listed in a different sale as €355, down from €399. Based on that, you're actually only saving about €9 in the sale! I don't know how they can say it was previously €459 when they were selling for almost a hundred less than that ten days ago.

Checking the prices here in the UK, the cheapest you can buy the TV right now is £379 on Amazon and Richer Sounds. It looks like the 355 euros was real bargain considering the euro/pound exchange rate or simply a misprice.

Wow, that 355€ (roughly £320) was v good for an LG 4K. Best I have seen in U.K. was £299 for a 50” 4K, Polaroid in Asda. Ducks, you missed out there  Undecided  Undecided
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I'm afraid I 10% need a TV to enjoy my life, but I recognise it's not for everyone! We don't go out in the evenings (non-drinkers, mostly), so prefer to settle down with a cup of tea and some telly and internet. It's a boring life, but it works for me!

Ended up getting the smaller version (43") of the same TV for €355 in the end. Was afraid the wall wouldn't stand up to the weight of the 49" and that it might look a bit out of place— when I got to see it in person, it really was terribly large. Happy enough with the one I bought, and it's being delivered on Monday— and I also got a computer monitor which was well reduced, so I am very chuffed with that.

Can't describe how busy the place was out in the industrial estate— we queued for about 25 mins! It was jammed. Did look at some small consumer electronics (Nintendos etc.) which were actually very well-priced, and met a couple in the queue who were buying some coffee thing, which was apparently about a third of the price in Ireland. Some bargains to be had, I suppose.

Interestingly, the one in the shopping centre had the same prices on the items I looked at, and there was literally nobody in the store but us! I am sure they play with the prices on other things, but most of the Black Friday deals are advertised on the paper they're giving out in both stores, so it makes sense to keep them the same for this.
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I'm glad you're sorted, Ducks.

Sure they do play with the prices (except the advertised on paper) otherwise people would be in both shops. Well done Thumbs Up
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