Canberra retail?

johnboy 15 December 2008 62

The Canberra Times has a bit on the weakness in Canberra’s retail sector.

Who would have thought that opening vast acreages of shopping space could have consequences?

Who could have predicted that there wasn’t actually unlimited numbers of consumers in Canberra just waiting for sufficiently salubrious retail opportunities in which to splurge?

Pretty much anyone with a brain actually.

Having said that. Canberra Centre on Saturday, madness eh? It certainly felt like a limitless pool of slack-jawed yokels milling aimlessly in every choke point.

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farnarkler farnarkler 7:27 am 18 Dec 08

I applaud you peterh. I should have written that there are a hell of a lot out there who do have to have the latest.

peterh peterh 11:18 am 17 Dec 08

speaking as one who saves, then buys “widescreen TV’s” etc, I still have a VERY old computer, a VERY old Car, but I do have fancy prams, high chairs etc. Beats having to feed the kids on the floor, or carry them everywhere. BUT, we saved for these items and purchased them with cash, not credit.

I haven’t blindly spent like a moron. I am more cautious, and will take my time to buy things.

the inference that the $1,000 per child was used on luxury items is way off the mark. we have used it as a buffer, in case we need to pay the mortgage, buy food etc.

farnarkler farnarkler 10:56 am 17 Dec 08

You got it. Everyone’s got to have the latest plasma or LCD widescreen and a nice new car and it’s all on credit.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:37 am 17 Dec 08

I believe the problem at a very high level is that we’ve been blindly spending like morons for years

Which is one of the reasons people struggle to buy a home…

And I agree.

ant ant 10:33 am 17 Dec 08

poptop said :

Tarantula? http://www.coolthings.com.au/rc-tarantula-p-620.html

Legend! Now one present is out of the way. And I won’t have to brave the prams at Screaming Babies R Us.

farnarkler farnarkler 10:13 am 17 Dec 08

The idea with ebay is to buy from US and/or European sellers who’ll ship internationally. Ebay is cheaper and if you realise a too good to be true bargain is a fake, you usually save a fair whack.

I see in a recent photo that Ivans is still selling all his gear for half price. Good if you want decent Drizabone Wallabies coats!!

I really have to agree with footlose’s post #2, the choice, particularly in menswear, is pretty dire. The choice of higher end menswear is really bad. Before Boss there was really only Blades, John Hanna and Ken Cook. Not very good for the capital.

peterh peterh 1:28 pm 16 Dec 08

try myer, kmart, target, David jones, etc, etc. The Discovery Channel RC Tarantula is pretty good fun…

info here:

http://shopping.discovery.com/product-63504.html

ant ant 12:09 pm 16 Dec 08

Excellent! Thanks again. I know there must be RC spiders out there soemwhere and I intend to find one.

poptop poptop 12:02 pm 16 Dec 08

Thinkgeek.com is great; locally you could do far worse that http://tesora.com.au/. As they’re are based in Mitchell, their stuff usually arrives the next day.

ant ant 12:00 pm 16 Dec 08

Nice leads on the spider, thanks folks. I’m running out of time to find these things! I got a nifty RC helicopter off Zazz last year, and figure a spider or soemthing of that nature would be even better for chasing the pets with.

jakez jakez 11:52 am 16 Dec 08

ant said :

Jim Jones said :

What’s wrong with eBay?

It’s infested with Robber Barons.

Anyone know where I can find a remote-controlled spider, or something more interesting than a helicopter/car?

Were you listening to Mike Jefferies this morning? Some computer geek chick (I think she’s the editor of the news.com.au IT section) mentioned a remote controlled spider that was the size of a remote controlled car. I can’t remember if she mentioned where to get it. You could try contacting her through news.com.au or maybe look at http://www.lifehackers.com (a website she mentioned).

peterh peterh 11:45 am 16 Dec 08

tylersmayhem said :

What’s wrong with eBay?

eBay used to be a polace to score great bargains for stuff, both new and old. these days, if you want to buy something on there hich is brand new for instance, you can usually track down the same item locally for the same price once you include the ridiculous cost of shipping that many sellers charge. I don’t even bother with them any more.

i get a lot of stuff from overstock outlet and deals direct. worth a look for remote control devices. http://www.dealsdirect.com.au & http://www.oo.com.au

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 11:41 am 16 Dec 08

What’s wrong with eBay?

eBay used to be a polace to score great bargains for stuff, both new and old. these days, if you want to buy something on there hich is brand new for instance, you can usually track down the same item locally for the same price once you include the ridiculous cost of shipping that many sellers charge. I don’t even bother with them any more.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:35 am 16 Dec 08

ant said :

Anyone know where I can find a remote-controlled spider, or something more interesting than a helicopter/car?

Spider, no.
But otherwise, yes.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/

ant ant 11:32 am 16 Dec 08

Jim Jones said :

What’s wrong with eBay?

It’s infested with Robber Barons.

Anyone know where I can find a remote-controlled spider, or something more interesting than a helicopter/car?

peterh peterh 11:29 am 16 Dec 08

imhotep said :

Wow. I didn’t realize that I shared this forum with so many refined upper-class intellectuals. So what were you lot doing at the mall amongst us ignorant plebs?.
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it is nice for them to see who the “common folk” are. if they want to rub elbows with the commoners, let them.

I always thought that the canberra centre was trying to attract the upper class, many of the staff in some of the stores make me feel poor and common when i walk in. I don’t spend my money, I just walk out…

jakez jakez 11:25 am 16 Dec 08

farnarkler said :

I think some retailers must be sh*tting themselves about the growth in online shopping. It’s a great way for smaller retailers who can’t afford the rents of the big centres can still compete.

Damn straight. I worship at the alter of online capitalism. Now if only we could get an Australian Amazon (or cheaper shipping from the US version).

Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:53 am 16 Dec 08

What’s wrong with eBay?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:50 am 16 Dec 08

If only eBay was still a competitive and viable option!

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