Seconds will spell savings
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.