The sale of air conditioners and electric fans has become hot with the onset of summer. To purchase an air conditioner or a fan at a reasonable price and with useful features is not easy for consumers.
HA NOI — The sale of air conditioners and electric fans has become hot with the onset of summer.
To purchase an air conditioner or a fan at a reasonable price and with useful features is not easy for consumers.
"These days, home electric appliance centres such as Pico Plaza, Media Mart and Nguyen Kim are busy as many people rush to buy air conditioners and electric fans," Tuan Anh, a salesperson at Pico Plaza, said.
Do Hien, a salesperson at the Nguyen Kim centre, said purchasing power in terms of air conditioners had been rapidly increasing, especially for 9,000 BTU to 12,000 BTU air conditioners. Some products were being sold like hot cakes including Daikin air conditioners at a cost of VND10.9 million (US$519) per unit, Reetech air conditioners at VND5.4 million ($257) and LG air conditioners at VND8.3 million ($395).
Electric stand fans with price ranges between VND500,000 to VND1 million are also selling very well. Steam water fans are additonally favoured by buyers. It is estimated that every 30 and 50 customers ask for these products everyday.
At Pico Plaza, sales volume rose by between 20 and 30 per cent compared to the same period last month. Nguyen Duong, a salesperson at Pico Plaza, said the air conditioner market was diverse, but the product line mostly preferred by consumers included Panasonic, Toshiba, Samsung and LG. The number of customers these days has increased sharply due to the hot weather.
Duong said air conditioners were now imported from Taiwan and Malaysia and being sold at VND5 million per unit.
In addition, many online stores are also actively competing with big supermarkets by offering big promotions for electrical products.
Website Chodientu.vn reports that there are more than 800 companies selling electronic products online, mostly electric fans. The volume of electric fans sold out accounted for 40 per cent of the volume of electric appliances.
Ngo Ba Manh, sales manager of Chodientu.vn , said the price of items for sale online was usually VND100,000 to VND300,000 lower than at supermarkets.
Most consumers were afraid of buying stockpiled products or fake ones, said Nguyen Hong Trang, a buyer at Media Mart. She said many new kinds of air conditioners with diversified designs now made consumers confused, as they really wanted to choose a good one at a reasonable price.
The Ha Noi Market Watch Department reports that many electric shops intentionally sell fake and counterfeit products to deceive customers. Electric shops often bought smuggled air conditioners illegally imported from China or Cambodia via border provinces that they label with famous trademarks such as Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Toshiba.
Nguyen Duong said apart from air conditioners, many electric accessories were illegally imported from China and locally assembled and tagged with origin labels from Taiwan and Singapore to cheat buyers. — VNS