It’s Boxing Day, and everyone knows what today is! And we are not talking about the cricket, even though it may sound better than technology.
It’s the day where Myer and David Jones need to clean out their inventory so they can sell more expensive crap to you; and since most of this year’s crap would still be there, they need to make some room so they can put this out – and lets face it, both of these stores are highly competitive to get you to spend cash to get clothing, perfume or even tech they sell.
But how do they clean their inventory? Easy! Both Myer and David Jones is heavily discounting products to get them out of the door. This is an annual tradition, but it is not the only one since there is one in June. But, December is the main period when people spend that Christmas cash to get a product they want. And with the economic crisis and the government giving out money to many families – the stores are not only wanting your cash, but they also want you to spend your government cheques on them as well.
So, this year, TECHGEEK.com.au has found some discounts on how you can do your part on stimulating the economy!
DAVID JONES has cut the price of the Sony BDPS350 Blu-Ray player to $379.95, from its previous price of $449. This player uses Profile 2.0, and it is upgradable (via the internet using the Ethernet port), and it has the new BD-Live function, which allows you to access additional features online. It is also has a HDMI port, so you can watch your movies in 1080p resolution, and it can also upscale DVD movies.
And while this is the cheapest Blu-Ray player in Sony’s product line-up, even with this discount, it is worth the cost for just to play your Blu-Ray movies.
Both stores are offering special deals for the PlayStation 3. DAVID JONES is selling the 80GB version for $699, but you will also get two Blu-Ray movies (Casino Royale and Black Hawk Down) and a PS3 game valued at $99.95. However, your PS3 game is limited to either Little Big Planet, Resistance 2, SingStar Abba or Motorstorm Pacific Rift.
MYER, on the other hand, is selling the 80GB console for $688, but you also get a free PS3 game. This is, however, limited to either Motorstorm Pacific Rift or Little Big Planet. However, it is also selling the 60GB Xbox 360 console with two games (Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and Kung Fu Panda) for the low price of $388.
MYER is giving 30% off to selected games titles, including those that have already been reduced. DAVID JONES, according to their catalogues online, is giving out 20% of game titles, but only to those that have not been reduced. DAVID JONES is also giving 33% off the SingStar line of games, but this does not include the peripheral bundles.
MYER is also having a huge sale on the console games, including:
- Motorstorm Pacific Rift (PS3) – $89
- Little Big Planet (PS3) – $89
- Fallout 3 (PS3) – $99
- Call of Duty: World At War – $99
- Gears at War (360) – $89
- Farcry 2 (360) – $89
- Fable 2 (360) – $89
- Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360) – $69
- Wii Music (Wii) – $89
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) – $74
- Mario Kart Wii (Wii) – $84
- Wii Play + Wii Remote (Wii) – $69
As well, any game that is part of the Nintendo DS’ Touch Generation series of games are priced at $35. Wii Accessories also benefit from the cuts, with the Wii Nunchuk selling for $24, and the Wii Zapper (with additional game) is selling for $44. Aerosmith fans will also be pleased to hear that the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game for the Xbox 360 is selling for $118, from its original price of $169.
Televisions & Home Theatre
MYER’s clearance sale catalogue is saying that they have cut 15% off all “plasmas, LCD TVs, DVD recorders & players, set top boxes, hi-fi & home theatre systems and entertainment cabinets". It has also said that Plasmas are priced from $1189, and LCD TVs are priced from $499.
DAVID JONES, however, is a bit exact on which are getting some discounts. While you can save between 15% and 20% on LCD and plasma televisions, you can save up to 20% on LG’s LCD and plasma televisions, and save up to 15% on Sony’s LCD TVs and on Panasonic’s line of LCD and plasma televisions. You can view all the available options here.
Sadly, you won’t be getting any discounts from any Apple products from either store, and that’s a bummer. But, at DAVID JONES, if you bundle a iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with an AppleCare Protection Plan, you save $200. But it should be noted that the AppleCare ranges from $268 to $579, so there is no saving with the product itself, but the protection plan.
iPod accessories, however, do get clearance sale discounts. DAVID JONES is giving a 25% discount on the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 speaker dock for the iPod. Originally worth $249, it is now $186.75. Also, sound docks from Cygnett and Philips are 15% off.
Of course there are more savings, but we just don’t want to put out a very, very long article on what technology products have been discounted. If you want more information, you can always check the David Jones or Myer catalogues, both available online; or just head in-store to have a look. Both stores have also extended trading hours on Boxing Day and the day after that; but the clearance sales continue long after that.