Post-Christmas sales turn electric
BIG-TICKET electrical items are among the hot buys being snapped up by keen Ipswich bargain hunters during the post-Christmas sales.
RT Edwards senior salesperson Curtis Healy said shoppers had been targeting 3D televisions, with 50-inch sets priced about $1997, Xbox bundles, priced from $444, and Samsung Galaxy Tabs (a mini version of the iPad) from $999.
“People have been saving up for after Christmas,” Mr Healy said.
“Everyone thinks they get a better deal after Christmas.”
Mr Healy said the 3D sets offered a different television experience.
“People like the experience of watching a movie at home in 3D,” he said.
Peter Savas, Harvey Norman Ipswich electrical appliance franchisee, said wet weather had also played a role in post-Christmas purchases.
“Our number one seller is dryers,” he said.
Mr Savas said gaming consoles, lap tops and big screen televisions had also been popular.
“With the weather televisions have been big,” he said.
“A lot of people are choosing to stay home and watch movies.”
He said “self-gifting” had also been a trend, with many choosing to spend their Christmas gift vouchers on new electrical goods.
Australian Retailers Association (ARA) chief executive Margy Osmond said cashed up Generation Yers (roughly 20- to 30-year-olds) had led the post-Christmas spending charge.
“What we’re hearing is that Generation Y has finally come out of hiding and after a year of doing not very much shopping they’ve been saving up for the sales,” she said.
Ms Osmond said shoppers were expected to spend about $6 billion this week as retailers pulled out the sale signs to tempt customers in store.
Queenslanders are expected to spend about $500 million in the first week of the post-Christmas sales and $1.2 billion over the whole period, which runs until mid-January.