A timely warning to those who are dithering about whether to ship electrical stuff to NZ.

Fridges, TVs to jump in price
4:00AM Saturday Dec 13, 2008
By Eloise Gibson

Shoppers wanting a bargain on home whiteware and electronics are being warned to buy now or pay up to a quarter more in the new year as the lower dollar hits imports.

Suppliers have told retailers of fridges, televisions, microwave ovens and other items prices will rise between 10 and 25 per cent in January.

And while retailers plan to absorb some of the cost, they warn rock-bottom prices for imports are almost at an end.

BDT managing director Ken Lilley - whose company supplies retailers including Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming and Smiths City - said prices would rise between 10 and 20 per cent on most items.

Mr Lilley has already marked up fridges by 20 per cent for the first quarter of next year. A $1000 fridge will cost about $1300, and a $4000 fridge close to $6000, he said. "Only the market can determine if they will sell at those prices. But that's what we have to list them at."

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