Sec­onds will spell sav­ings

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

VALU­ING what is on the in­side rather than the out­side is an at­ti­tude that can pay off when it comes to your home ap­pli­ances.

Fac­tory sec­onds with a man­u­fac­tur­ers warranty are a great al­ter­na­tive for home­own­ers look­ing to save on their elec­tron­ics but do not want to take the risk of go­ing sec­ond-hand.

Com­pa­nies such as 2nds World, Buy Smarte, Fac­tory Plus and Ap­pli­ances On­line help find a home for ap­pli­ances that have been re­jected by re­tail­ers for cos­metic im­per­fec­tions.

While other ma­jor re­tail­ers also some­times of­fer dis­counts for mi­nor scratches or dings on the ex­te­rior of an ap­pli­ance that can equate to big sav­ings. The same goes for ap­pli­ances that have been fac­tory re­fur­bished.

2nds World man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Ham­mer­man says the dis­counts can be as much as half the ap­pli­ance’s orig­i­nal price.

“On some of the white goods your av­er­age is about a 20 per cent sav­ing, but some­times a bit more,” he says. “A re­fur­bished TV can go for 30 to 35 per cent off.”

The com­pany also has dis­counted brand new items, ei­ther be­cause the car­ton was dam­aged or they are end of the line models.

“Man­u­fac­tur­ers of­ten have to outdo each other so they bring out a new model ev­ery few months,” Ham­mer­man says.

As with new ap­pli­ances, Ham­mer­man says con­sumer laws still ap­ply to fac­tory sec­onds to pro­tect buy­ers from dodgy deals.

“Twenty years ago you had sec­ond-hand fridge peo­ple sell­ing rub­bish and nowa­days you can’t get away with that,” he says.

“If a fac­tory re­fur­bished prod­uct has an in­ter­nal fail­ure, it goes straight back to the man­u­fac­turer to be re­paired.”

Some of the many fac­tory sec­ond wash­ing ma­chines from 2nds World.

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