It's a Buyers' Market Out There

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 14:40
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When electronics outlets say: We Will Not be Beaten on Price, you have to make them live up to it. Make them work for your money.

In my quest to become proficient at HD video editing (I would like to be as good as Tracy Lundgren on this site) I've been scrutinising the specs of suitable laptops.

This morning I went to a shopping centre and spent an hour or so walking between JB HiFi and Dick Smith, both of them say we will not be beaten.

The end result was a very well specced laptop plus a bunch of other stuff I wanted that came to $2595 on the cash register. I ended up getting it down to $2050.

Make them live up to their promises. It's your money. Happy shopping.
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Reply By: garrycol - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 14:51

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 14:51
Yes but the small print normally says they will not be beaten on by competitors advertised prices - however I agree it does pay to haggle and price match.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:42

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:42
Sure does Went into Hardly Normal on Thursday and wanted a TomTom GO 730 yes they said $549
Said Ok cash got it down to $519. not enough so went next door to Office Jerks where it was $494 but the rather disinterested and smelly shop assitant didnt have one working and wasnt interested in making one do so.

Back to HN said its $494 next door how about it. No prob sold Asked if they price match like Bunnings at %110 within a week.

Yes we will was told.

So went past a JB HI FI on the way round the block. $482 there. round the corner and got another $13.50 off at HN. Pays to be persistent.

Paid for tea anyway. LOL
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Reply By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 15:50

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 15:50
It certainly is, i was telling Father Outlaw yesterday how to negotiate the best deal for a new car they are looking at ( Mitsub Outlander) and then hit them with the other stuff-window tint,mats,front protection pack etc.if they dont come to the party then just walk out, i have only had to do this once but they rang me the next day and caved in. so any thing can be achieved these days-almost hehe
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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:27

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:27
"As good as Tracy Lundgren"?
Now that IS something to aspire to!

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:33

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:33
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Reply By: bgreeni - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:01

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:01
I hope you are not disappointed. To effectively do video editing you need a lot of computing power or a lot of patience. I would be surprised if a laptop can provide the grunt needed. Would be interested in the spec as I am about to upgrade my computer, and video editing is one of the major tasks I am looking at doing on it.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 21:58

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 21:58
Look on the DSE website and look up XC4317.

These are the specs:

PROCESSOR - Intel® Centrino Core 2 Duo Processor P7450 (2.13 GHz)
MEMORY - 4GB DDR2 (1 Dimms)
HARD DRIVE - 400GB 5400RPM
OPTICAL DRIVE - SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW LightScribe with Double Layer Support
COLOUR DISPLAY - 15.4" Diagonal High Definition HP Brightview Display
VIDEO - nVidia GeForce 9200M GS with 512MB Dedicated graphics memory
LAN - Intel WiFi Link 5100, Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
MODEM - High speed 56K modem
SPEAKERS - Altec Lansing speakers
CARD READER - 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
USB PORT - 4x USB 2.0
WEBCAM - Yes
HDMI - Yes
FIREWIRE - IEEE1394
REMOTE CONTROL - Yes
SOFTWARE - Windows® Vista Home Premium, Microsoft® Office 2007 Pro (60 day Trial), Muvee AutoProducer Basic Edition (with 20 Day Trial Full version), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader , Symantec™ Norton Internet Security (60 days live update), Symantec™ Norton Anti-Virus™ Definition Files update, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Cyberlink Youcam, HP QuickPlay Windows 3.7, HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent, HP PhotoSmart Essential
WEIGHT – Approx 2.65kg with battery
DIMENSIONS - 35.7 x 25.9 x 3.49- 4.19cm
WARRANTY - 1 year warranty


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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:50

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:50
Slightly o/t

What editting programmes are you guys using?
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 22:03

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 22:03
Kiwi, I have a Sony HD video camera and I have bought Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9.
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Reply By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 03:40

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 03:40
Hi Gone Bush

Sorry to go off the buyers topic a bit - but adding to the videoing stuff.

I do a lot of video editing but have settled on working with an apple computer for the that type of work. I can process hours of video with no crashes or lock ups and then output them very quickly. The new iMacs are only $2000 or the Mac laptops are only $1650.

For cameras I have a Canon HD20 - specially chosen as it is one of the few cameras that can digitise old VHS analog tapes into digital format directly into my computer. I have been going over all my old analog videos and turning them into DVDs. I hook up the VHS recorder to the Canon - and then the Canon to the iMac and just convert on the fly my VHS tapes.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 09:36

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 09:36
Hullo David,

I think we have twin trucks !! I think I've seen yours around town.


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As far as Macs go, my daughter's been trying to get me to convert but for the same money I get twice the RAM, twice the HDD and I had already bought the software which is not compatible with Mac.

So, tempting as it was to change, I stuck with Bill and his convoluted ways.

I'll keep in touch.


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Follow Up By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 09:50

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 09:50
Hi Gone Bush

I have seen your picture of your ute. Impressive kit.
I have seen another red ute around but without your lockup. Do you take the lockup off. Also I see you are trying to sell the ute now.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 10:05

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 10:05
David, I've decided not to sell it.

Watervale ceilings have a red ute like ours with an alloy box in the back.

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Follow Up By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 11:07

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 11:07
Hi Gone Bush

Good to hear you still like the ute. I am pretty happy with mine, but as I say to friends - if you spent that much you would want to be happy.

Just got back from Broke Inlet fishing at the mouth. Drove in via the fishermans track. The ute loaded with a tray on camper and towing a boat just ate it up.

Great remote place just to chill. Not much fish.

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