It's Still August, It's Still Cold, Yet Most Stores Have Gotten Rid of Their Heaters and Replaced Them with Fans?

So, do people always plan ahead when buying small appliances because that's the only reason I can think of.

or are they more likely to impulse buy, just like me right now.

What other reasons could there be…

Comments

  • +7 votes

    Well considering it's getting warmer, you'd be much more likely to buy a fan now.

    Do you think most people would buy a heater now when winter is just about over?

      • +12 votes

        No, but do you think if someone wanted a heater, they would have bought it near the beginning of winter? Many stores do still have heaters instore, but since it's getting warmer it makes sense to start selling fans.

        • +2 votes

          @nautic: You mean spring? Are you still living in the other hemisphere in your mind?

          The way the retailers see it, if number of people likely to buy fans > number of people likely to buy heaters then time to switch. Nothing to do with outside temperatures.

        • +6 votes

          @nautic: But even less people will buy heaters now. People who have been cold will have bought them already, and the only people buying will be those whose heaters broke down, and they are willing to lose that sale. It takes time to change stock so this is the slack period to do it.

        • +19 votes

          @nautic:

          Look buddy, you need to chill
          ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

        • +1 vote

          @nautic: Look we all agree that changeover has to happen sometime. You're just sore that the store's reasoning doesn't suit you. Too bad, just shiver and suck it.

        • +17 votes

          @nautic: Mate, you could probably use a fan. Why are you so heated up about this?

        • +1 vote

          @nautic:
          It's actually not about how many sales they will get now, it's about how many more they think they will sell. If they get 10 more units in but sell 2 this week and it then gets warmer, they have to hold onto 8 units until next winter. If they order 10 fans in and sell 2 this week, they still have six months to sell the other 8 (obviously quantities are understated. Suppliers are in the same position. at the start of a season they make X number of heaters based on a foretasted number they think will sell. If they haven't sold them to Harveys, Bunnings etc by now then they haven't done a good job. If they have sold out, then they are not going to produce more and risk not selling them. They would just raise their forecast next year so that they make more. By now the seasonal production would have turned to cooling which is also why you would have seen heaters on sale in Bunnings (and otehres) for the last month.

        • +1 vote

          @Kangal: Did you ever think that OP wanted to put a rant on OZB coz it's too cold and they need to get angry/heated-up coz there's no heaters on sale?

        • +11 votes

          @nautic: Calm down fella.

          The simple fact is retailers will have years of sales data that will demonstrate when sales of heaters slows down and so they will want to clear inventory. At this time of year you should be able to find decent deals on heaters as anyone overstocked will be clearing through their excess.

          The movement to fans will be the same equation in reverse.. clearly people DO start to purchase them at this time of year, it will be the start of the season, so sales will be quite slow, but they will be getting early reads on best sellers to enable them to better back the right options in high season.

          This is basic retail- happens everywhere- you could apply exactly the same logic to sweaters vs shorts in fashion retailers.

        • +15 votes

          @nautic:

          on a scale of cool to heated… how mad are you ?

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      Do you think most people would buy a heater now when winter is just about over?

      I would, because my bloody heater died!

      (But generally, no).

  • +9 votes

    What other reasons could there be

    Retail 101. Clear the floor and storage for new stock.

  • +1 vote

    I too have been struggling to find a specific heater that I want at masters/bunnings.. But I don't plan on using it til next year as I'm leaving the country for a few monthsb but its deffs still cold enough to want a heater.

  • +6 votes

    Reminds me of how the day after Xmas, the supermarkets start putting out the hot cross buns for Easter.

    I think in some way there is a trend to get in as early as possible with predicted consumer patterns. All the stores have tried to out-do each other and be the first, and it has come to the point that now these things begin so early before they are really needed. This has become the norm.

    • -5 votes

      It sure has become the norm… and all due to those you see here, comming to the big retailer's defence, at their very own expense.

      I think you nailed it here.

      • +8 votes

        Another thread where the OP doesn't have everyone supporting him and all of a sudden we all become sheep supporting the capitalistic pigs ruining our future. Brilliant.

        • -1 vote

          all you have to do is bring forward a valid argument instead of making accusations, and then I'll agree with you. Simple isn't it?

        • +1 vote

          OP thinks the world revolves around him so naturally businesses are doing it wrong when they aren't there to supply him and 1 other person with a heater when nobody buys them. They actually think that the stores are losing money by not doing this because world revolves around them etc. They just can't work it out.

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          @nautic:

          Sure. Retail stores aren't just for households. They are also for businesses who have different requirements to a home environment. People have different heat tolerances. It's the standard seasonal changeover time. The climate isn't the same all over the country. Fans are often needed for ventilation.

          Need more arguments?

    • +1 vote

      I think there is a psychological aspect to this behaviour. To feed the consumer urge, you have to sell anticipation. If you are selling heaters now, consumers look at them and groan inwardly thinking of cold nights. But if you sell fans consumers start dreaming of warmer days. Maybe they'll buy a fan or more likely something else that visit.

      So when the first scorcher day comes, the retailers caught short not having fans on the shelf will kick themselves. So at the very least they will start pushing the heaters out of the way now. The smarter ones would have let the stock run out naturally by controlling their wholesale orders.

  • +13 votes

    Yes, I'm going to buy a heater for the last remaining 2 days of winter, how dare they begin changing stock over from heaters to fans.

    This is a complete outrage; I demand more heaters, the people demand more heaters!

    To hell with all the people who think I should have bought a heater at the beginning of winter, I'll buy a damned heater for the warmer months too, if I should so choose.

    Damn those businesses for thinking logically about selling products that are relevant to the season. If I want a heater for spring/last days of spring, give me a damn heater and take my money!!!!

    I care not for their stock clearing or business acumen!

    .#heatergate #downwithfans

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      and it's currently 11 degrees in Sydney where you are at. Please don't turn on your heater.

      • +2 votes

        At least OptimisticPessimist has a heater because he bought one at the right time, at the beginning of winter.

        You're complaining about it being 11 degrees in Sydney with only 2 days of winter left. It's been 3 months now and you only just realised?

        Like complaining about missing a train because it was on time lol. Why would anyone plan to arrive to the station after the train has left (destination winter)? Only thing left to look forward to is the next train, first stop Spring then Summer.

        Stock does take time to change over, they need to sell it first before they can make room for new stock. Room costs $$$. Nothing is instant. The fact that you believe it's instant shows your ignorance towards this subject.

        Some stores will still stock heaters or you can look online, the onus is on you now.

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    last year winter i remember tried to buy small heater at bunnings and bigw, ALL sold out

  • +1 vote

    there were plenty of heaters in the upstairs section of bunnings hawthorn when i was there last weekend.

    OP's life must be at an absolute peak for him to have nothing else to worry about or concern him other than this completely meaningless issue :)

  • +2 votes

    I moved from Gold Coast to Canberra in October last year.

    This Winter, most I've worn out is a hoodie and shorts, or gym gear. Often even at 6:00am or later like 7:00pm…

    I can't believe there are people out there who have bought expensive jumpers, jackets, and other clothing when I'm here without it. What is wrong with these people!!! It's a bloody outrage it is!

    How dare people experience temperatures differently and plan what they buy accordingly!

    • +2 votes

      If your talking about excerise but not if you just sitting outside. Maybe if your permanently drunk or something but you would get hypothermia in shorts in a -5 Canberra morning trying to be a tough individual "tanking" the cold.

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        To be fair, it hasn't been windy very often so no wind chill

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      It has been a very mild winter. I doubt you were out in hoodies and shorts when it was -5 in the mornings.

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    What is this "cold" you are talking about?

  • +4 votes

    You can buy a heater at the start of winter at full price, but have the widest choice.
    You can buy a heater at the end of winter, often at a substantial discount, but with a restricted choice.
    Ozbargainers will usually choose the latter.
    It's going to be 20 degrees in Sydney today, which isn't really heater weather. Even where I am it was a balmy 14 yesterday and I was happy in a T-shirt cooking at the BBQ.

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      in a T-shirt next to a grill?

  • +3 votes

    Is this "problem" worthy of discussion?

    • +1 vote

      Relax, grab some popcorn

  • +1 vote

    In Sydney, it's only cold in the late night and dawn period. During the daytime it's above 20 degrees.

    You sure are acting bratty. Just walk into a Harvey Norman or other big retailer and buy a heater. What's the big deal?

    • -3 votes

      That's nice to know, and should Hobart also follow Brisbane's lead?

  • +2 votes

    Christmas decorations in August. Hot cross buns in December……

  • +4 votes

    Another riveting thread….

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      This fan thing in August is as much of a scam as pulled pork.

  • +6 votes

    I think OP should start a new retail business called "Out of Season".

    You'll make a killing!

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      In all seriousness, now should be the best time to buy a heater.

      OP probably can't find a heater, as retailers likely had a sale several weeks ago and now there is no stock.

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    Funny guy. I suspect it's gona take more than a heater to sort this guy out.

  • -2 votes

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  • +1 vote

    Try Masters. My local one has a few left.

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    Because at this stage, more people are going to buy a fan than a heater. i'm pretty sure businesses would know more than you on which product would sell more. People who wanted a heater would have got one already considering there's only a few days left of winter

    • -3 votes

      At this stage it's still cold.

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        Not for long

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    It's cold now yes, but it has been colder previously. So what has changed between last time it was cold, like last week and now.

    Did you just decide to put up with the cold until right now?

    If they are still selling heaters now, they will never sell out and then have to carry them over and store them until next winter.who's got the space for that? What a waste of money for them. It's called running a business, and generally, they know what they are doing.

    Stiff titties for you, literally.

    • -3 votes

      There is the option of returning unsold items back to the supplier. It's call gaining a competitive advantage.

      Like I said previously, heaters do break down and all it takes is a little thought before posting to know that.

    • +1 vote

      Actually this August is literally the coldest August in Sydney for atleast the past decade. I remember ever time I complete the City2Surf, I didn't wear much than a t-shirt in the coming days after. Relative temp is normally 22 in August. The peak so far has been 18 lately save if you stand in the middle of the sun on a sunny day afternoon.

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    It's sad to see what the Ozblockhead forum has boiled down to.

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    I've counted your negative votes so far -40.

      • +3 votes

        This statement makes no sense, much like the rest of your post.

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    Obvious troll post is obvious.

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    It's incredibly simple, as others have said.

    Note this link.

    Sydney experiences its lowest average temperatures in June/July. If you are somebody who needs a heater, you would buy it in (or prior to) June/July. It is no longer June/July, so peak demand for heaters is dropping. This month, Sydney experienced an average maximum temperature of 19 degrees with a high of 25.2 degrees (10th August). Noting the link provided above, temperatures are increasing.

    If you are somebody who would need a heater for a Sydney winter — it is reasonable to assume you would have purchased one already in the June/July period. Demand for heaters would reasonably be approaching its lowest point. With higher temperatures comes higher demand for cooling — hence the fans that you see in the shops.

    Clearly, the scarcity of heaters 3 days before Australian spring has triggered you — but instead of venting at fellow OzBargainers, it is probably best to apply logic and deductive reasoning to the problem instead.

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    OP thinks retailers are in business just to please him