July 19, 2015

Winner of User Survey Lucky Draw

Congratulations to Kate Giblin on being the Lucky Draw Prize winner in this year’s PriceMe user survey.

 

Thanks to everyone of our 726 survey respondents that participated this year – it’s very much appreciated. The data collected will help PriceMe improve what we can offer consumers and our partner Massey University College of Business, to help students get a better picture of NZ online retail activity. Hope you enjoy spending the $250 online shopping voucher Kate, that was kindly provided by The Warehouse!

 

The number of survey respondents exceeded our expectations given the length of the survey, We’re now looking forward analysing the results.

By Henrik  In Survey 
June 16, 2015

Heat Pumps Will Save The Environment And Your Money

Forget about air conditioners for a moment. The benefits of heat pumps heavily outweigh those of air conditioners. You may not be familiar with them, but you should be. More and more small business and homeowners are moving towards the overwhelming benefits and cost savings that heat pumps can offer them. To give you one example: if you’re currently heating with electricity, a heat pump would be able to cut down on the amount of electricity you use by as much as 40%. That savings alone in electricity would quickly pay for the price of that heat pump.

 

I’m sure you’re wondering how heat pumps are able to save you so much money on electricity costs. Heat pumps work very effectively by transferring heat from a cool place to a warm place. For example, in colder months when heating is needed most, a heat pump moves heat from the colder outdoors to your warmer indoors, and in the warmer months when cooler air is needed, heat pumps move cooler air from the warm outdoors into your cooler indoors. To do this, heat pumps also use electricity, but they require much less than air conditioners and furnaces.

 

As with most household appliances, you’ve got options. Don’t think it’s required to drop a small fortune on a heat pump and installation. MitsubishiPanasonic, and Fujitsu are three of the top brands in the market. They are considered the top brands because of their innovation and quality. While innovation and quality will save you money down the road, they come at a price. Cheaper options will be provided later on.

 

Mitsubishi heat pumps feature a “Flash Injection” bypass circuit. It works by improving the volume of refrigerant circulation by employing two circulation systems, or in layman’s terms, improving the heating performance even in some of the coldest conditions. With the flash injection circuit, Mitsubishi heat pumps maintained heating performance at temperatures as low as -15 °C compared to conventional heat pumps at -5 °C.

 

With Panasonic and their Econavi heat pumps, energy savings of up to 38% are possible. The Econavirange is their simplest option so imagine what their more innovative pumps could save. Constantly in the mix with Panasonic and Mitsubishi is FujitsuFujitsu, like the others, is quick to remind that heat pumps are the better alternative. They are the eco-friendly, energy efficient and cost-saving options for home or office comfort. The innovation of these brands comes at a premium, with prices capable of exceeding $10,000 after installation.

 

If you’re not ready to shell out the cash for one of the top three heat pump brands, don’t worry – cheaper options do exist. York heat pumps are more affordable and built to last. For some even cheaper options, check out Amana, Armstrong, or Tempstar heat pumps. Complete systems can be purchased for under $1,500 and keep you under $5,000 after installation. Don’t forget, the more efficient the heat pump, the more environmentally friendly. 

By Henrik  In Categories 
May 4, 2015

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Ideas

                                                                         

Searching for some Mother’s Day ideas ?  

Here’s a selection of great ideas from some of NZ’s biggest retailers listed on PriceMe. Just click on each retailer’s logo to see their Mother’s Day gift recommendations and deals.

                                                  

                                                   

                                                                                

 

                                                                                 Happy mother's day

 

By Henrik  In Gift Ideas 
October 15, 2014

New Look – Responsive Web Design

PriceMe has a new look-and-feel as of today, and the team is really excited to offer our users an upgraded site.

The new site is fully responsive and adapts to the width of device, making PriceMe more appealing to mobile users by improving speed and usability for smart phone and tablet users. Mobile users constitute around 35% of overall users.

Our goal has been to keep the site experience unchanged for desktop users, while optimising it for mobile ones.

The responsive UI is built using Twitter’s Bootstrap 3.0 framework, which made it easy for the development team to get started and to deliver results in a short period of time.

Visible changes:

– Simplified home page focusing on product search and navigation. We have emphasised the search box, since many users visit the PriceMe home page in order to quickly find a product or category.

– Dropped the leaderboard ad at the top in order to move more relevant content above the fold.

– More emphasis on the breadcrumb for navigation.

– Larger buttons for mobile users.

Known issues that we’re currently working on:

– Some pages and functions have issues in Internet Explorer 8, which doesn’t support HTML 5.

– Some buttons look weird when rendered by the Safari browser.

– Many other UI issues.

Please check out the new version and let us know what you think. We’re grateful if you could report bugs directly to us as we’re committed to improving the site and would love to hear your feedback.

Thanks,

The PriceMe Team

By Henrik  In Website performance 

Last call for discounted tickets to Online Retailer NZ on the 29th October.

If you’re an online retailer (or thinking of becoming one !), we highly recommend that you attend the inaugural Online Retailer NZ conference on Wed 29th October at Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. The special discount price of $395 lasts only until COB on Thursday, so contact Shelley now at Shelley.Truong@reedexhibitions.com.au to book your seat. This conference covers almost everything you’ll need to grow your online business, and features a long list of excellent presentations by leading industry figures from around the world. Go for it !

By Chris  In Uncategorized 
June 23, 2014

ASOS presses pause after fire

Global online fashion retail giant ASOS has been forced to take a bold move and press pause on their online store after a fire ripped through their only warehouse. The fire in the ASOS warehouse in Barnsley, West Yorkshire (UK) spread over four floors and more than 500 staff were evacuated. Thankfully no-one was hurt during the blaze that is currently being reported as a malicious arson attack.

Customers shopping on the ASOS website were suddenly re-directed to a holding page with a message to all customers from the ASOS customer care team informing them that the website had been paused.

ASOS website offline after warehouse fire

ASOS customers can request a full refund online, however ASOS has assured customers that they expect to be operational again in the next day or so. With ASOS offering free shipping to New Zealand the online fashion retail giant has become a popular destination for fashion clothing for many kiwis. If your order has been affected and you need to contact ASOS, you can contact the customer care team here: http://asos.custhelp.com/app/askweb

By Charlotte  In Industry news 
June 11, 2014

Everyone’s talking about Flash Sales

 

From daily deal websites offering great deals on products for one day only to Click Monday and Click Madness, websites that bring many online retailers together for the ultimate online sale day – online shopping has gone discount crazy!

The next craze to hit the world of online bargain shopping is Flash Sales, where websites offer you products at up to 80 percent off the recommended retail price. Just like a flash mob, these Flash Sales pop up from nowhere and are gone again in a flash!  When you see these hugely discounted products you have to wonder if they’re really a bargain or is it too good to be true?

PriceMe had a look at some of these Flash Sale websites to see what all the fuss was about and to find out if you really can bag yourself a bargain in a flash.

What we found:

Flash Sale bargains are available for a limited time only – usually 24 hours to 5 days

– You have to be registered to the Flash Sale websites to get the best deals

– You have to login to browse the deals

– Sizes are often very limited

– Delivery times are much longer than usual (up to 30 days in some cases)

– There are often charges for delivery and returns

– The most complaints about Flash Sale websites relate to delivery

How does it work?

–  Flash Sale websites sell excess stock at hugely discounted prices for a limited time only to encourage impulse purchases. Often they offer surplus designer or last season stock that they can buy at very cheap prices, and they pass these savings onto customers in a Flash Sale.

– You have to be registered to hear about the sales and to benefit from the bargains on offer

– It really is possible to bag yourself a bargain if you don’t mind waiting longer for your items to arrive and if you’re happy to shop through the frustration of limited sizes.

Here’s a few Flash Sale websites from around the world:

ASOS.com, Fab.com, Gilt.com, Ruelala, Zuliliys, HauteLook, BeyondtheRack, JackThreads, Brandalley.co.uk, Achica.com, En.vente-privee.com, theoutnet.co.uk, secretsales.com, NZsale.co.nz, buyinvite.co.nz, mysale.com

By Henrik  In Industry news,Uncategorized 
June 4, 2014

Huge Demand for Easter Sales Online

On the 14th May 2014 Statistics New Zealand reported that there had been a rise in retail spending in the first quarter of 2014. In this report Statistics New Zealand said that after adjusting for seasonal effects, the volume of retail trade sales rose 0.7 percent in the March 2014 quarter following a rise of 1.4 percent the previous quarter.

The value of total retail sales was $18.3 billion in the March 2014 quarter, up 3.4 percent compared with the March 2013 quarter with the largest increase seen in electrical and electric goods.

PriceMe has also recorded an increase in demand during the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013 with an uplift of 8%. The second quarter of 2014 has also started off strong with a 20% increase in visits to retailers websites during the Easter weekend (Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive) compared with the Easter weekend in 2013. This huge increase further supports the trend towards online shopping and the need for retailers to have strong ecommerce websites to support their bricks and mortar stores. 

Easter Sales On PriceMe

By Charlotte  In Industry news 
May 2, 2014

Mother’s Day Deals

Treat Mum This Mother’s Day

 

Mothers Day Gifts on PriceMe

 

 

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in U.S.A, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. It has since grown into an occasion for children to honour their mother and give them presents as a way of thank you.

 

So how do you thank the lady that changed your nappy, packed your school lunch box and gave you kisses goodnight. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to think about how you’re going to repay her for all those things she has done for you over the years and to show her how much she means to you with the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

 

So, do you go for a traditional Mother’s Day gift of chocolates and flowers, or bring her up-to-date with today’s technology savvy world with a kindle or an iphone?

 

Not sure what to buy? Have a look at these gift ideas: click here, or why not buy her an experience she’ll never forget like a spa day or a luxurious dinner.

 

Great Mother’s day deals from some of your favourite shops:

 

 the warehouse Mothers Day Gifts dick smith mothers day treatsMighty Ape mothers day giftsNoel Leeming Mothers day giftsharvey norman mothers day gifts 

 

 Happy Mother’s Day to every mother reading this.

By Charlotte  In Gift Ideas 
April 7, 2014

Easter Eggs Vs. Easter Presents

 

In a world where we’re bombarded with media coverage about diets and healthy living, we wondered if a lot of people have started to move away from buying Easter eggs, and instead choosing to buy Easter presents for family and friends?

 

Traditionally, families and friends have come together during this religious holiday to exchange Easter eggs and Easter hampers with such family-oriented fun activities as a traditional Easter egg hunt for the children etc. With an increased desire to keep ourselves and our children healthy,  many people are now opting for Easter presents instead of chocolate Easter eggs and hot-cross buns with lashings of butter etc.

 

A new outfit, new shoes, a game, a toy, a family DVD, something for the garden or even money – what gifts do you give at Easter?

 

To help you choose your Easter presents PriceMe has put together a selection of interesting Easter present ideas:

 

Gifts for her:    http://www.priceme.co.nz/Gifts-for-Her/c-1741.aspx

 

Gifts for him:    http://www.priceme.co.nz/Gifts-for-Men/c-1156.aspx

 

Experiences:    http://www.priceme.co.nz/Experiences/c-2128.aspx

 

Easter Gifts for Teens and Adults:

Easter Island Board Game

http://www.priceme.co.nz/Easter-Island/p-887401596.aspx

 easter island boardgame

See more teen and adult board games: http://www.priceme.co.nz/Teen-Adult-Boardgames/c-2874.aspx

 

Easter Gifts for Kids:

Book – Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt

http://www.priceme.co.nz/Penguin-Books-Peter-Rabbit-Easter-Egg-Hunt/p-886626649.aspx

peter rabbit easter egg hunt book

 

Easter Cookie Cutter Set

http://www.priceme.co.nz/Wilton-6-Piece-Mini-Metal-Easter-Cookie-Cutter-Set/p-887682344.aspx

easter cookie cutter set

 

Fischer Price Mattel Little People Easter Egg

http://www.priceme.co.nz/Fisher-Price-Mattel-Little-People-Blue-Easter-Egg/p-886769514.aspx

fisher price mattel little people easter egg 

 

Dora’s Easter Adventure DVD

http://www.priceme.co.nz/Dora-s-Easter-Adventure-DVD-GD10040/p-888552130.aspx

doras easter adventure DVD 

See all animation DVDs: http://www.priceme.co.nz/Animation-DVDs/c-52.aspx

 

Peppa Pigs Easter Egg Hunt Book

http://www.priceme.co.nz/Ladybird-Peppa-Pig-Peppa-s-Easter-Egg-Hunt/p-887584934.aspx

peppa pigs easter egg hunt

See all books: http://www.priceme.co.nz/Other-Books/c-73.aspx

 

Check out the most popular products right now, read reviews and compare prices on PriceMe to find the ideal Easter presents for your friends and family www.priceme.co.nz 

 

By Charlotte  In Uncategorized 
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