Shepparton retail stores are preparing for a busy Boxing Day.RIAHN SMITH December 26, 2012 4:22am
Retailers are gearing up for the busiest day on the shopping calendar.
Thousands of shoppers are expected to descend on Shepparton’s shopping district today to take advantage of the traditional Boxing Day sales.
‘‘It’s our biggest day of the year,’’ Shepparton’s JB HI-FI store manager Filip Risicato said.
‘‘We have all hands on deck every Boxing Day (and) extra stock allocated.’’
Mr Risicato said a lot of people saved their money until Boxing Day because they knew they would be buying items at bargain prices.
‘‘The nature of our business, being consumer electronics, it’s fairly well known that there will be substantial savings on the day,’’ he said.
He said this sometimes resulted in irate interactions between shoppers.
‘‘A lot of the items that we do have significant savings on are bulk-stacked on the floor .
To ease the pressure in-store and to capitalise on the online shopping trend, JB HI-FI launched its Boxing Day sales to eager internet shoppers yesterday.
Bunnings Shepparton complex manager Mark Galvin said he also expected to see increased shoppers in the store.
‘‘It’s pretty hectic. We normally have a very busy time due to a lot of people (being) on holidays,’’ he said.
Mr Galvin said the holiday period gave people the chance to get to work on repair or renovation jobs in and around the house.
‘‘The big flow we get is more to do with DIY — they paint that room, they repair that room, they build that deck — so that’s where we fit in,’’ he said.
He said the store could expect to see some changes in the range of best-seller items.
‘‘After Christmas it varies. Where before Christmas it’s more focused on the gift lines, after Christmas it’ll spread out from one end of the shop to the other,’’ Mr Galvin said.
‘‘Leisure’s been very good at the moment (but) once Christmas Day is over, then they’ll start looking at renovating and stuff like that.’’
Be energy aware with bargains
Boxing-Day shoppers are being encouraged to consider the environment, and their hip-pocket, when bargain hunting.
Origin Energy executive general manager Phil Craig urged consumers to consider the energy rating and estimated electricity consumption of items prior to making a purchase.
"Buying energy efficient appliances is a very simple way to reduce energy consumption, save money and reduce your household impact on the environment,’’ Mr Craig said.
"Technology is improving all the time and the Boxing Day sales present a fantastic opportunity for households to grab a bargain on a more efficient appliance that might otherwise be out of their budget.’’
Mr Craig said shoppers should take a close look at the information provided for each of the appliances.
‘‘The more stars, the more efficient the applianc e and the less it should cost to run compared with other similar appliances in the same category," Mr Craig said.
‘‘Depending on where you live and your electricity prices, the difference between operating a poorly-rated appliance and a more highly-rated one of the same size can amount to hundreds of dollars each year.’’
Here are a few tips to save you money on your new appliance:
● Ensure all units are the correct size for your needs;
● Ensure the machine performs the function you require;
● Always consider the energy efficiency benefits offered by the latest technology;
● Compare the energy rating labels of similar-sized and type units;
● Consider whether projected money spent on purchasing a low performer will turn out to be a false saving in the long term; and
● Ask how long the unit is designed to last - quality appliances should last in excess of ten years, with some designed to last up to 20 years. Appliances with a short life span have a high embodied energy cost.
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