Shopping in New Zealand

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by admin

shopping in new zealand

Shopping in New Zealand is a bargain hunter’s paradise. In this article we will try and compare New Zealand shops with those back in South Africa so that you know which shops to go to when you are looking for specific items. Obviously there are millions of shops and brand names, so it is not possible to show them all. We will only show the biggest and most well known businesses that are new to South Africans.


If you click on the logo of the New Zealand business then you can go visit their website

South Africa

New Zealand

Type of Shop

 pick-n-pay  countdown  Food
 CNA  whitcoulls  Books & Magazines
 Waltons  warehousestationery  Stationery & Office Supplies
 Edgars  farmerslogo  Clothing & Beauty
 Absa_Bank_logo  ANZ  Bank
 telkom_logo  telecomlogo  Landlines
 dstv-Logo  skytv_logo  Satellite TV
 vodacom  VodafoneLogo_REV  Cellphones
 mrprice  Kmart_logo  Clothing
 bidorbuy_logo   trademe_logo_sm  Online Auction & Selling
gamelogoWIN warehouse-logo Bit of Everything

Bargain Shopping in New Zealand

There is one very big difference between shopping in South Africa and New Zealand – the sales. In South Africa we would buy many of our things from the flea markets in order to get them cheaper. Because the flea market guys didn’t have high rent to pay, they could discount their prices. As New Zealand is essentially an isolated island, most products you buy are imported. This means that the shops need to order their goods by the container load. These containers take a few weeks to get here after the order is placed. This leaves the retailers with a problem – they need to order enough stock to last until the next container load lands and clears customs. They also then need to ensure they sell all their stock before the next container arrives otherwise they are going to incur storage costs and sit with heaps of dead stock.

The answer to the problem is to sell this excess stock at rock bottom prices!!! Retailers will actually even sell this stock at a huge loss sometimes just to get rid of it. A good example of this would be unsold Xmas decorations. A box of decorations that cost $10 before Xmas, may sell for as little as $0.50c after Xmas.

All the major retailers will have a large sale roughly every 4 weeks (the time it takes for the next container to arrive).  You can then get anything from 30% to 70% off the regular price. So if you are in the market to buy a high ticket item, then it is always best to wait a while until the sales come around.

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