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Incredibly Expensive Connection

I’ve always thought of Incredible Connection as being a reasonable place to buy tech stuff. But two purchases I’ve made in the last week reveal that they are actually a rather expensive option when compared to other stores.

I’ve been needing an ink cartridge for a while now and was prompted to action by an e-mail newsletter from Digital Planet offering a special on the very cartridge I needed. After failing to find the product for a comparative price on Incredible Connection’s web site I went ahead and ordered it from Digital Planet as they had stock and could offer twenty-four hour delivery. Including a R60 courier fee the cost came to R270. On Saturday morning I was in Somerset Mall, popped into Incredible Connection and found that their price would have been R299.95.

A little later we were in PNA where my wife was buying some pens. I noticed that they had 8GB Verbatim USB sticks in stock and on finding they were R234, which I thought a good price, I bought one. On our way out of the mall I again stopped by Incredible Connection and found their price for the same USB stick was again R299.95. My wife suggested that Incredible Connection might be cutting costs by reducing the different price labels they need to print.

Clearly Incredible Connection are not the cheap option for tech items that I thought, so if you’re looking for such items I suggest you do some comparative shopping first so as not to find out that you paid a premium by buying from Incredible Connection.

Thieving Bastards

I was in the CNA at Somerset Mall this morning, looking at the magazines.  I spotted one that I liked the look of and picked it up to have a closer look.  I noticed that it was a British magazine with a cover price of £4.99, but also noticed a sticker giving the local price as R122.50.  The GBP/ZAR exchange rate is around 12 Rand to the Pound so this is way off.  oanda.com currently give a conversion of R57.96 for £4.99.  So the price they are selling it at is more than double the original cover price.  I know there are costs involved in importing stuff, but what did they do, buy the magazine a seat on a plane?  I hope that nobody is stupid enough to actually buy these magazines at such inflated prices.