Acer Netbook $389

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 14:56
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I see the Acer Netbook,
10" screen
Windows XP
160gb HDD
1gb RAM

is on sale for $389.

Guess where????

Coles Supermarkets !!??

What th' ?

Good price. Strange place to sell 'em.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 15:12

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 15:12
Why??

Aldi sells computers etc so it stands to reason that Coles will look to develop market share in any area that they can foresee any sort of future growth.

Its only a matter of time before the Grocery retailers get the current issues of Pharmacy, Optical dispensing and banking/finance also sorted and they open up those markets within stores.
Grocery stores are changing their face rather rapidly me thinks.

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Follow Up By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:44

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:44
Big W here in Brisbane now has an Optical section in some stores. Just heard the ad on the radio.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:14

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:14
The Pharmacy Guild, the most powerful and influential lobby group in Australia, will never allow pharmacies in supermarkets. The only person who can own a pharmacy is a pharmacist. They won't be relinquishing their hold on their cartel anytime soon.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:50

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:50
Yeah Mike they are rolling out trial stores now to get the product right.

Bob your correct about the Guild but it remains to be seen if they will be able to hold out forever as its being painted as anti competitive cartel like behaviour.

A sympathetic Minister in the right place at the right time and it won't belong before the stranglehold of the Guild is broken.

I guess we shall just have to wait and see about that one.



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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:39

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:39
What aload of bull

it wasnt so long ago pharmacists were being paid to close which caused all sorts of problems

ive seen alot of untruths printed in the paper recently just one example being a chemist shop cant open within 1.5k of another

beware where you get your info from
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Follow Up By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:55

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:55
Quote : "Big W here in Brisbane now has an Optical section in some stores."

Crikey, they've been here in the backwater that is Adelaide for about 5 years.
I bought some specs from BigW about 4 years ago....yes they are cheaper than a regular optometrist, but the frames are cheap and nasty (flimsy).
I won't be going back to them for another pair.

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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:18

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:18
Our local grocery shop sells washing machines, stereos, fridges, furniture - and even motorbikes! :-)
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:02

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:02
Well our Coles is selling a small HD LCD TV, and I was amazed. I must look closer, if it's a 12v unit I might snap one up.
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Reply By: cobber - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:16

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:16
That's not a bad price at least you can walk out of the store with one, Amazon have them advertised at $368.00 freight free...........Acer Netbook has been getting 9 out of 10 for best value and performance in the Tech mags that I have been reading
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:30

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:30
Hi GB,
Is that Windows XP Home or Professional?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 18:53

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 18:53
Hi Geoff
Any mini netbook that has XP are all Home, regardless of brand of Make. HP were also Vista, and I know the new Toshiba offer either XP Home or Windows 7.

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:00

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:00
Thanks Stephen,

I'd consider one if it had the option of XP Professional.

I suppose I could always load Professional!

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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:23

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:23
Why do you want Pro over Home? Only advantage it has is the ability to join a network.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:24

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:24
You got it MrBitchi!

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Follow Up By: travelmate2 - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 00:10

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 00:10
Geoff

I run XP home on my laptop and it works fine networked by wire or wireless with XP pro or W7 Pro, they fined each other ok, even at work.

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Reply By: The Boss - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:25

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:25
I seen Dick smith had them for $350 last week. Crazy prices

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Reply By: Member - Brian P (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:54

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:54
Just remember 10" notebooks do not have cd or dvd players.
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Reply By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:47

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:47
Asus EEE PC 1001HA is only $339 at Catch of the day

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Reply By: Member - Brad S (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 23:28

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 23:28
I have always believed net books were grossly overpriced.
Very little new technology, just smaller packages and fewer features than a laptop, albeit handy.

I would guess the novelty value has worn off and the manufactures are trying to dump the net-books particularly after the big Christmas spent-up and now the the fellas all have their toys.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 07:02

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 07:02
I think you will find that the processor is very small compared to more expensive laptops.. probably about 1.6 Ghz . Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:45

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:45
I'm happy to put up with that rather than lug my slabtop around!
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Reply By: Steve63 - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:57

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:57
Yep Coles and Woolies need to do something to maintain above cpi growth. They have been down the buy each other path as far as the ACCC will let them go currently. Woolies and Coles have moved into the near country areas in a big way so now they are trying to broaden there base. No regs or lobby group protecting the PC resellers so they are a soft target. Woolies used to own a big chunk of Dick Smith, not sure this is still the case. Good business strategy for the retailer. Probaby bad for the consumer down the road. Not something I will be supporting anyway.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 15:11

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 15:11
Woolies own ALL of Dick Smith.

Have done for years.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 15:13

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 15:13
And another eye opener:

Woolies is the biggest operator of poker machines in Australia.

Let's not talk about booze and petrol.

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