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    Default Harvey Norman & Domayne Now Mac Resellers

    It seems that Harvey Norman have seen the light and are now selling Mac's at selected Harvey Norman and Domayne stores.

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    Have been for a while already in Sydney.

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    Hardly Normal have been for a while now I think, they haven't been advertising it for some reason though.

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    They've been Apple resellers since late 2006.

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    I suspect because Mr Harvey is still a little pissed at Apple, he may sell em but he likely doesn't want to promote them.

    This is hell freezing over for them, as the last time Apple did the dirty on them (in their eyes) they swore never to stock them again.

    For those to young HN became a reseller a few years ago now only for Apple to launch its Australian online store right behind them. They say Apple never told them about it and cracked the sad's and stopped selling Apple (though they did stay with the iPods etc). That is of course the short version of the saga.
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    well Domayne in Canberra have always sold macs...I bought my wifes first white Macbook there and when it got old I replaced it with a unibody Macbook (before they changed it to a Pro). They have been handy because I can buy them on interest free terms with my GE card.
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    None of the Harvey Norman's in Melb have sold Macs for a long time. Actually, I haven't bought anything from HN for a long time either, hah.

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    Harvey Norman are very low on my list of tech retailers, they need to invest in training for their staff, I often over hear the conversations they have with their customers and come so close to butting in and saying "Hold on, that was a flat out lie" to some of the bull crap they feed to their clueless customers to get a sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    None of the Harvey Norman's in Melb have sold Macs for a long time. Actually, I haven't bought anything from HN for a long time either, hah.
    This. Most everything at Harvey Norman is overpriced and all of the assistants seem like used car salesman. I'm unsure why anyone would actually willingly give them money.

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    Harvey Norman base a lot of their income on bulk rebates. ie: the more units they sell, the bigger the rebate from the wholesaler.

    I doubt whether Apple would actually indulge in this practice and hence the reason why HN would be keen to sell Mac's.

    They have probably been forced into the decision as they are losing sales to other retailers because people are actually asking for Apple products. I suspect that the realisation has hit them: We might as well make a small amount of profit on a product line than lose the sale completely.

    It would be interesting to see that if you went into a HN store to buy a Mac... whether the sales person would try and steer you to a windows machine.

    As for TV's etc... I actually recommend you go to HN. A friend of mine tells me that HN get the best wholesale price of any retailer in the country on Sony products. As a result, you SHOULD be able to get a better price than anyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    This. Most everything at Harvey Norman is overpriced and all of the assistants seem like used car salesman. I'm unsure why anyone would actually willingly give them money.
    I think I'd put money on the fact that HN goes to used car sales lots, picks out the highest performing staff (read: the sleaziest) and then tells them they can earn more money selling dishwashers and televisions.


    Quote Originally Posted by Phillo View Post
    Harvey Norman base a lot of their income on bulk rebates. ie: the more units they sell, the bigger the rebate from the wholesaler.

    I doubt whether Apple would actually indulge in this practice and hence the reason why HN would be keen to sell Mac's.
    Apple actually do this. It's how most resellers are able to actually make an income.

    For example, if you sold 20% of your iMacs with AppleCare attached, you get back 3% of the total order you last had from Apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    Apple actually do this. It's how most resellers are able to actually make an income.

    For example, if you sold 20% of your iMacs with AppleCare attached, you get back 3% of the total order you last had from Apple.
    Hmmm... I didnt realise this.

    That said... I would guess that Apple wouldnt provide the same incentives that another company would.

    A friend of mine who works in the sporting goods industry recently got a trip to the NBA all stars game thanks to a supplier.

    I dont think Apple would give you a trip to a Stevenote for selling heaps of macbooks.

    That said.... I am probably wrong!
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    The local Domayne store here has sold Macs for as long as I can remember, but never the Harvey Norman. I was actually in Harvey Norman last year some time and they had a screen saver on every PC on display with a message along the lines of "Thinking of a Mac.... Talk to us first".

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    I remember back in 1996 our local Hardly Normal used to sell Performas. Then Apple shitcanned the Performa line in 1997 and HN has never sold Macs since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillo View Post
    Hmmm... I didnt realise this.

    That said... I would guess that Apple wouldnt provide the same incentives that another company would.

    A friend of mine who works in the sporting goods industry recently got a trip to the NBA all stars game thanks to a supplier.

    I dont think Apple would give you a trip to a Stevenote for selling heaps of macbooks.

    That said.... I am probably wrong!

    Apple's incentives are very very minimal compared to other brands. Overall though, it's pretty standard for sales. Gotta give some sort of incentive to those guys paid minimal wage and with no love for the product!

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    With regards to salemen's attitudes, how is HN any different to, say, JB?

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    The Domayne at QV in the Melbourne CBD only sells Ipods (and possibly iphone... not sure if they're a dealer or not). But no Macs or anything like that.

    Besides, Domayne in QV is in such a stupid place, you have to walk miles to find it. I have been there in the past to actually look at dishwashers and things when we were buying a new one, but ended up buying it online after I'd got a look at the physical machine and decided it was for us

    Quote Originally Posted by bennyling View Post
    With regards to salemen's attitudes, how is HN any different to, say, JB?
    Agreed... some JB staff (probably more so those in the TV section) are a tad used Car salesman and sleazy as well, though having said that I've bought all my Macs from JB and never paid full price. In all instances I got an excellent deal and it was a no nonsense sale. So maybe I was lucky and got the good staff members

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyling View Post
    With regards to salemen's attitudes, how is HN any different to, say, JB?
    Very little difference except that the JB staff are younger and don't wear a uniform

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    My local Domayne store has sold Macs for many years now,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tate1984 View Post
    The local Domayne store here has sold Macs for as long as I can remember, but never the Harvey Norman. I was actually in Harvey Norman last year some time and they had a screen saver on every PC on display with a message along the lines of "Thinking of a Mac.... Talk to us first".
    They had something similar in one of the Hardly Normals near us.
    Something along the lines of "We'll never sell Macs ever" or something like that (was a far while ago).

    I was aware of the story behind HN not selling Macs anymore but I still think to advertise that they "will never sell Macs" was a bit short sighted.

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