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 

Vend, is this the next big thing in retail?

 

Vend, is this the next big thing in retail?

 

If you haven’t already heard of Vend, you will hear a lot about them this year. This cloud-based point of sale retail software company was launched in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010 and is set to be the next XERO type success story. With a recent investment round raising a huge $25 million of new capital Vend is now set to open offices in London later this year, with future expansion plans across Europe.

 

Vend’s retail software allows retailers to keep track of inventory, manage their customers and process sales using cloud-based technology. This software works online and offline and is available on all devices. Cloud-based retail software like this is another step to help retailers, big and small, to advance in a world of fast-moving technology.

 

More than 10,000 stores in over 100 countries have already adopted the Vend technology and with key industry partners and re-sellers including PayPal (secure in-store payments), Xero (online accounting) Stitchlabs (multi-channel inventory management), Swarm (in-store customer analytics) and SelfPay (customer self-checkout) you can see why!

 

 

By Charlotte  In Industry news 
April 1, 2014

Review and WIN Competition

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Review and WIN PriceMe Competition 1  

 

Write a product review or review a retailer on PriceMe during the month of April 2014 and be in the draw to WIN an HP Action Camera worth $250

 PriceMe competition review and win hp action camera

How to Review a retailer on PriceMe

 PriceMe retailer review

How to Review a product on PriceMe

 

 PriceMe product review

1.      The organiser of this promotion (Review and WIN PriceMe Competition 1) is PriceMe Ltd, 187 Queens Street, Auckland, New Zealand (PriceMe). 

 

2.      The prize for this competition has been donated by eLive Limited, entrants details may be shared with eLive and the winners details will be sent to eLive for the prize to be sent out to the winner when announced - http://www.priceme.co.nz/Elive/r-35.aspx

 

3.      The promotion is open to residents of New Zealand except employees and the immediate families of employees of the Promoter. Entrants under 16 years of age must have the consent of their parent or guardian. 

 

4.      This promotion may be promoted on Facebook, Google + and other Social Media websites, however this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with these third parties. Entrants release these third parties and their associated companies from all liability arising in respect of the promotion. 

 

5.      The promotion commences on [Tuesday, April 1st, 2014] and closes at 12:00pm on [Wednesday, April 30th, 2014] (Promotion Period). Entries must be received during the Promotion Period. The Promoter takes no responsibility for late or misdirected prizes or for any delays or failures in any delivery service or equipment.

 

6.      To enter the promotion to go into the draw to receive the offer, you must place either a product review or a retailer review on PriceMe (www.priceme.co.nz) during the month of April 2014. Entrants must register with PriceMe to place a review.  

 

7.      The Prize: 1 winner will be selected to receive an HP AC200W Action Camera. The winner will be selected at random following the end of the Promotion Period. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be announced on the PriceMe Facebook page and on the PriceMe Blog. The winner will also be notified by email to the email address provided when registering with PriceMe. 

 

8.      If a prize winner fails to claim their prize within [fourteen] days following notification, the prize will be forfeited. In these circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize either to another entrant or use in a future competition. 

 

9.      Entrants for the promotion may enter once or more than once for the offer during the Promotion Period. 

 

10.    The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age, place of residence) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who tampers with the entry process. Errors and omissions will be accepted at the Promoter’s discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

 

11.    The Promoter may refuse to award a prize to any person who has, in its view:

a. acted in a fraudulent manner;

b. breached these Terms; or

c. gained an unfair advantage in participating in the competition.

 

12.    Incomplete, indecipherable, or illegible entries will be deemed invalid.

 

13.    Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash, unless otherwise specified.

 

14.    The Promoter will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury (including but not limited to any indirect or consequential loss) suffered or incurred by an entrant (or any other person) as a result of or in connection with the competition or any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

 

15.    If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned, whether caused by infection by computer virus, mobile phone failure, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other reasonable cause which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness or integrity of the promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion, (subject to any written direction given by a relevant Regulatory Authority), to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion.

 

16.    The Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion and at any time, to disqualify any entrant and/or replace or amend these terms or to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the competition.

 

17.    The Promoter will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury (including but not limited to any indirect or consequential loss) suffered or incurred by an entrant (or any other person) as a result of or in connection with the competition or any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

 

18.    The Promoter is entitled to use any of the entries submitted for any purposes at its discretion, including (but not limited to) for any future promotion, marketing and publicity purposes. Further, the Promoter may use the prize winners’ names, details and comment for promotional and media purposes, and prize winners agree to participate in any publicity arrangements which we reasonably require, in each case without compensation. The Promoter is entitled to share the entrants details with eLive who are the donator of the prize for this competition.

 

19.    If an email address and/or mobile phone number is provided by an entrant, the entrant consents to be sent emails or text messages (as the case may be) from the Promoter in relation to the competition.

 

20.    The entrant authorises the Promoter to collect and hold personal information, to be used to conduct the competition and for future promotional purposes. You understand that you have a right of access to, and may request correction of, personal information held by us about you, which you may exercise by contacting us at info@priceme.co.nz . Failure to provide the personal information requested on the entry form will result in the entry being invalid.

 

21.    Information on how to enter and the offer form part of these Terms and Conditions. 

 

 

 

By Charlotte  In Announcements 
March 28, 2014

Compare Internet plans to get the best deal for you

PriceMe’s new Broadband plans section is great for consumers that want to cut their monthly broadband bills. On the new broadband section of PriceMe you’re able to find a plan that fits your needs by comparing the monthly and first year costs of each plan from different providers in New Zealand. You can see the top 5 broadband plans and compare the different types for broadband connection from ADSL to Fibre / UFB connections. 

The launch of the PriceMe broadband comparison comes at a key time with a group of broadband companies in New Zealand having just agreed to standardize their residential broadband plans. The group responsible for developing this standardized offer includes Telecom, Vodafone, Slingshot and Orcon.

The standardisation of residential internet and broadband plans will allow customers to compare the plans between the different providers based on a number of different criteria including; termination fees, contract periods, monthly costs, first year costs and availability. This will start with fixed line residential broadband plans and in the future the hope is that it will move into all forms of broadband including mobile.

PriceMe are working on adding more providers to the broadband comparison section of the website and will continue to enhance this to further improve the comparison features available.

Compare broadband plans on PriceMe: http://www.priceme.co.nz/plans/broadband-plans

By Charlotte  In Announcements 
December 4, 2013

PriceMe Launches Forum

Connect with other PriceMe users using our recently launched a forum at forum.priceme.co.nz.

Ask questions, share ideas and participate in discussions on a broad range of topic related to products and shopping in New Zealand. You can use Facebook or your existing PriceMe user account to add, post and reply to topics.

We’ll integrate the forum more tightly with the website shortly (it’s a bit disconnected at the moment). 

Please let us know if you have some ideas on how to improve the forum.

By Henrik  In Announcements 
September 22, 2013

Latest Canon Digital Cameras

Canon has consistently been one of the most popular brands on PriceMe over the years, and is beloved by Kiwis. 2012 has been a busy year for Canon so far and the launch of new digital camera models seems to accelerate. Here’s a summary of recent and planned product launches:

Powershot models

Canon has or will introduce six new Powershot cameras this year. The Canon Powershot G16 and the Canon Powershot S120 were launched by Canon in NZ last month.  These two high-end Powershot cameras are both based on the DiG!C 6 Image Processor. The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS and the palm-sized PowerShot SX510 HS both extend the Powershot series.

The entry level Canon Powershot A2500 was launched at the beginning at the year, and now retails for as low as $70 and the A3500 IS at about $200. The Powershot S200 is scheduled for release in mid-September, and hopefully we’ll be able to list this product shortly.

IXUS models

The IXUS series remains popular and Canon boosted it with the new Canon IXUS 255 HS and the Canon IXUS 135 IS.

EOS models

The Canon EOS 70D has just launched in New Zealand, and boosts the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and wireless sharing of your photographic activities. More info regarding the EOS 70D is available on Canon’s NZ site. The advanced Canon EOS 700D model was introduced in April, but still lags behind some other models in popularity despite 5 frames-per-second shooting and some other sophisticated features. 

By Henrik  In Industry news 
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