Awning prices

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 13:52
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Last week I acquired a 2.0 by 2.5 m awning from a well known German based supermarket for $169.

Yesterday I had a close look at the same sized awning at a well known 4WD accessory store. Identical - from the same factory in China! Only difference is cost - $349!



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Reply By: Gramps - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:01

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:01
Waiting for the "get what you pay for" group to weigh in :)

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Follow Up By: carl h2 - Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 12:05

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 12:05
4wd supercentre have the same awning for $99.00 dollars
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:11

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:11
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Well Bob I suppose one difference is that the goods are readily available at the 4WD store but at (dare I say it?) Aldi you can only purchase it on the rare occasions that they offer it.

That is one of Aldi's features. They purchase a large batch of an item at a price and can then offer them at a lower price than the "always-in-stock" stores. Such stores have the costs of smaller purchase lots and constant store display space which equals higher selling price. But perhaps not as much as the differential you quoted.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:41

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:41
I bought one of those awnings when they were offered first time around - maybe a year ago. When I unzipped it the instruction book fell out. It was labelled Powerfull 4x4. Powerful 4x4 has a website where the awning and many accessories are available on-line at pretty much Aldi prices. I bought the insect mesh tent.

Subsequently one of the clips that fasten the mesh to the awning poles broke. Powerful was unable to supply a clip, so sent me a whole new mesh tent!

Also, I found that the Aldi awning had higher quality metal hinges compared to the plastic ones on the equivalent model from Powerful 4x4.

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Reply By: garrycol - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:15

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:15
I have one of them but the clips that hold up the adjustable poles do not work (they do not grip) so I carry a couple of jubilee clips in the parts bag to make it work.

A small inconvenience but otherwise it seems OK but a bit lightweight in construction.
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 07:40

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 07:40
Is that the "twist lock" clip inside the pole?
Look up Tent Pole Store - Aussie place that sells really good replacements
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:33

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 14:33
I have one from 4wd supastore. 2.5 x 2.5 excellent used it heaps of times. One thing I would do regardless of make...PUT EXTRA pop rivets into the aluminium board that connects to the supports and the canopy frame....
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Reply By: tazbaz - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 15:41

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 15:41
Or this for $109
https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/specials/weekly-deals/adventure-kings-premium-awning-2-x-2-5m.html
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 15:59

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 15:59
Now that is cheap!

I just bought another for my other car!
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 21:07

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 21:07
We have used a rear awning from 4wd Superstore on our 80 series for a few years. It cost $135, delivered with a mesh tent that we can hook on if we need it.
It might have been cheap but it has worked really well for us and worked well when we've needed it.

A lot of people prefer to go with the "big name" products but I like giving the budget products a go and I'm rarely disappointed.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 23:22

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 at 23:22
There was a discussion on another forum quite some time ago about tweaking these various awnings.

Apparantly there are better quality clips and hinges available from some of the camping stores that can make them far more durable.

Of course there is the idea of extra or better rivets and upgrading to bolts and such.

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Reply By: chaz r - Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 09:35

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 at 09:35
This has partly reflects how the price was marked up, it was doubled.

Think about it, most of 4WD accessories are produced in China. We could estimate the cost in different currency, we could even browse and obtain the real cost as long as you know how to do.

Added up the sea freight cost(take you 2 minutes to get a free quote on the web), and count in a GST plus nationwide postage. I can conclude with around 80 percent markup on the original cost.

Naturally people would take the brand value into consideration. Admittedly for brands like ARB and Lightforce, they've adopted themselves in a way of quality control, and lightforce presents excellent beam lights. Except for these brands, I don't see any difference on retailers(web-based or traditional bricks & mortar).

I spent 180 on a pair of Driving lights from a local retailer, only for their excellent service. But when I become self-educated on price-matching, I realized I could spend 75 bucks to get the same item from an eBay-based company. I checked out all the details and pretty convinced that it was wholesale- retailing thing.

Not saying this is bad, at least the lights are gross. Point is, should we spend twice or triple money for the sake of artificially decorated so called brands?

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