Portable Generator prices

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 20:39
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While roaming around Australia in my caravan I took a 2 KVA honda with me. Certainly it was a great generator and I have no complaints.

Yesterday I was roaming Home Depot ( as in the US hardware store) and ended up in the generator section. I was checking out prices for generators. Not the cheap chinese ones but the main brands. A 3.2 KVA portable generator was $349. A 10 KVA portable was just over $2000.

So why are 3 KVA generators 6 times the price in Australia? It cannot be shipping as Australia is closer to Japan than America.

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Reply By: Bigfish - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 20:59

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 20:59
A recent article by Choice magazine found that Australians are getting ripped off bigtoime for the price we are paying for electronic equipment. Personally I feel that we are getting ripped off for just about anything we buy. Living remote I buy a lot of the internet and the one big joy is that stuff from overseas gets here twice as quick as stuff ordered from interstate. Our retailers here will not survive in the future if they do not start trying to compete with internet business,s. Its all very well to say buy Australian but we are pricing ourselves out of the market.
I would have no hesitation buting a known product from overseas.

Have a look at how much a 40 litre engel costs..about $1200. I can go and buy a large family fridge/freezer and still have change left over.. Its called "ripping off".

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Follow Up By: graham B9 - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:23

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:23
I just decided to go shopping for a Honda generator on line. The amount of information I had to enter to get a price was enormous. At first their computer would not accept my address and I actually have an address in the US. Finally I got a price and it is the link below.

A EU2000 Honda is $1149 in the US and shipping is $6. ( not to australia however).

No doubt all this is designed to stop people in Australia from shopping on line and by passing Asutralian prices.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/honda-eu2000ia-companion-portable-generator/48690
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Follow Up By: graham B9 - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:29

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:29
A Honda EU3000 is $1999

The link below

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/honda-eu3000is-generator-carb-compliant/34963
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Follow Up By: Denis H - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 07:10

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 07:10
The Generators from the USA are not suitable for use in Australiia. They are 110VAC 60Hz and the sockets are not the same as used in Australia.

YOU CANNOT USE THEM so its not "Horses" for "Horses"!
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Reply By: Hairy (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:32

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:32
Gday,
Is it 240v or 110v?

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Follow Up By: graham B9 - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:39

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:39
Sorry I did not realise it cost more to manufacture a 240 Volt generator than a 110 volt.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:46

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 21:46
No? It may not.....but I bet it costs a bleep load more to convert one so you can use it.
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Follow Up By: Robert H2 - Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 22:00

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 22:00
Not only do you have to ensure you get a 240Volt output but you must also ensure that the AC is 50Hz (this is what we have in Aust) as all power in the US is 60Hz.
Its not a matter of manufacturing cost, a 240Volt 50Hz output requires a different generator to 110V 60Hz.
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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 04:23

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 04:23
There is an online company that will process stuff bought in America and post it to anywhere in the world. This gets around some online companies only posting to an American address.

I forgot the name so you will have to google it.





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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 04:28

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 04:28
Example of one type - I have not used them and there are more around.

http://www.shipito.com/




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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 06:38

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 06:38
tHERE ARE QUITE A FEW COMPANIES WILLING TO RECEIVE GOODS FROM THEIR HOME COUNTRY OF THE USA AND THEN FORWARD THEM ONTO YOU TO GET AROUND SHIPPING ISSUES. dO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING. sOMETIMES THESE CHARGES COST A LOT MORE THAN THE PRODUCT YOU ARE BUYING.
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Follow Up By: toffytrailertrash - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 08:35

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 08:35
I have just ordered a Weber Baby Q from the States and delivered it is $68.00 cheaper than what I could buy here. Absolutely bl**dy ridiculous.

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Follow Up By: toffytrailertrash - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 08:41

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 08:41
Check out Adventurers Corner via Aussie Ebay they have 3.4kva pure sine wave portable generators for $499.00 at the moment..

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Reply By: Honky - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 09:54

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 09:54
Things may be cheap in the US but freight costs to Australia are very high and in most cases exceeds the cost of the goods.

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 21:32

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 21:32
Not in my experience, I have even seen the top of the range Weber that sells here for 5000 but can be landed here for under 3000
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Reply By: graham B9 - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:04

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:04
I think everyone has lost the post plot here.

Honda generators are made in Japan.

Then exported.............everyone folowing so far?

US dollar and Australian dollar the same

US further to ship than Australia.

Australian identical generator twice the price than in US.

Australia getting ripped off!

Seems simple!
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Follow Up By: toffytrailertrash - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:25

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:25
I think that some of us were merely giving examples of the known rip off and not getting away from the gists of the original post. Just in case it may have helped others..

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 19:34

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 19:34
Show us a link to the generators? It sounds strange that the US would have "identical generators" to ours.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 19:15

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 at 19:15
Maybe its not the rest of us who lost the plot hey? LOL
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Reply By: River Swaggie - Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 15:40

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 15:40
I am happy with my Honda 2kv and to be warranted Australia wide if anything goes wrong with it...It hasnt missed a beat over 4 years.

If you think you are being ripped off walk away..
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