Reader, Mangonui.

We bought a TV/HiFi unit at Harvey Norman in Whangarei last year but nearly didn’t – the reason? When we asked the price it was nearly $700. We told the salesman this was way outside our budget and then he said “Were you planning to buy it on our pay-later scheme or did you want to pay cash now?” We told him we’d be putting it on our credit card (which we always pay off each month, come hell or high water) and he then said in that case the price was $350! In your Northland Age column today (12/04/09) you mention asking for discount for not taking ‘pay later’ deals but we didn’t even have to ask.