Fenici 40cm Pedestal Fan $3.75 @ Big W (Nationwide)

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Well it's time to be a fan of Fenici 40cm for $3.75 was $15, massive savings of $11.25.

Perfect for winter.

Can use your discounted gift card for further savings.

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  • Previous $3.75 Deal on same fan, 4 days ago

    Clearance item. No longer searchable on BigW site. Stock will be limited / vary by store.

    Nationwide price / availability??
    Different prices found 2 weeks ago in BigW fan Deal depending on location!

    May be same price at some other BigW - *where summer is over. Was originally listed as Gungahlin, ACT Deal. (32c where I am - using better $10 remote control Target fan.)

    See comments about poor stability & short life of base!

  • Dirt cheap

  • +17 votes

    At this price they'll go like the wind

  • got one in front of my house. waiting for someone to steal it.

    • You need a bike lock on it.

    • That's the usual home for these shoddy fans, after 1 summer of use.

      • I have a $15 Kmart fan from 5 or 6 years ago. Still going strong, used every night all night, just need to clean the dust off every few months.

        In fact I bought 2 at the time and kept one as a spare in case of summer but never needed it and it's still in the cupboard.

        • I bought one from Bunnings for $10, it got to just under 10 years before the bush/bearing went. Like yours it was used all night and every night of the year.

        • Is your fan the same as this one?
          Current models need not be constructed as well as your old one. (My parents used one for decades.)

          So having an old model survive doesn't mean a new one will be as long lived.

          See the comment below

          Comment in Deal for this fan 4 days ago - that the very weak legs in this design are unstable & quickly fail

          A common reason these are discarded, from observing many on roadsides. The thin metal crossed legs crumple & that's the end of a still working fan. I've repaired appliances & notice design flaws.

          Solid base in fans improves their life span. And much harder to trip over. (But the added weight increases shipping costs - so it's often skimped on.)
          A reason why I recommended the cheap remote controlled Target one in that Deal - with a solid round base. (Bought for $10.)

    • Put a price on it, it'll be gone quicker than free

    • chuck it in an amazon box. gone before you can close the door.

  • +12 votes

    "Perfect for winter." 🀷

  • I'm a fan of these.

  • I'm glad you caught wind of this deal.

  • I have 2 of these. The black one stank of the colour they used for months (yes I have a sensitive nose). It took longer and longer to spin up to speed and now it just gets really hot if you turn it on. The white one is still doing ok.

    • Bit racist init?

    • It took longer and longer to spin up to speed and now it just gets really hot if you turn it on.

      Most likely it's a seized bearing - the bearings in these cheap fans are very hit and miss (miss more often than hit). The lubricants dry out and the shaft becomes more difficult for the motor to turn, which is why you are seeing it start to take longer to spin up to speed, or not start spinning at all. With the power off, try turning the fan blades by hand. If they are hard to turn and don't keep turning after you stop pushing, then it's most likely the bearing. If you are reasonably handy you can dismantle the motor and re-lubricate the bearings on either end of the shaft with sewing machine oil, silicone oil or even Inox MX3. Definitely not WD40 though. This should get you at least another year or two out of the fan.

      Usual disclaimers for electrical safety apply.

      If the fan blades turn easily then it's probably the start capacitor that has gone bad.

      • The lubricants dry out and the shaft becomes more difficult for the motor to turn

        Identifies the problem AND slots a dick joke in there to boot, what a legend.

  • These are absolute junk, and will find their way to landfill soon enough.
    Had one and it didn't last a single summer.
    Stand was absolute rubbish and in the end it struggled to remain upright.
    People need to keep in mind that cheap does not equal good value.
    If people keep encouraging retailers by buying this junk then retailers and manufacturers will continue to cut costs more and more, racing to the lowest possible standard they can reach.
    It will not end well.

    • Disagreed. I got one about 5 years ago and it's one of the best basic fans I have got - queit, smooth and a relatively children safe mash cover design.

      It's miles better than the kmart version.

      This is a no brainer buy if I find stock.

      • Its the cheapness of the constitution of the base that is the major problem with this fan.

        As a favour, I've had many older people ask me to repair similar cheap fans with thin crossed legs. The rest of the fan worked great. Couldn't be economically repaired.

        Better to choose a fan with a solid stable base. Especially when you have children!

      • I think the quality may have dropped since you bought yours.

        • Exact same packing so I doubt it. Though I am not too fussy about a basic fan. I hate the kmart one on the other hand.

          Like @the INFIDEL stated above, it's base isn't very heavy but that hasn't been a problem for me even with two toddlers pushing it around every now and then.

    • Stand was absolute rubbish and in the end it struggled to remain upright.

      A common problem with these.
      To keep transport costs to a minimum, the base is made from 2 light folded thin pieces of metal. It can quickly buckle, which means the fan can't be supported, so can't be used & is thrown out.

      A solid base gives greater stability & longer life. Would recommend buying a solid based fan, available for a little more.

      • To keep transport costs to a minimum, the base is made from 2 light folded thin pieces of metal. It can quickly buckle, which means the fan can't be supported, so can't be used & is thrown out.

        It's not just transport costs - manufacturing costs too - think about it, they can manufacture these fans in China, ship them to Australia, distribute them to retail outlets where they get sold at $15 and still be able to make a profit on them.

        A solid base gives greater stability & longer life. Would recommend buying a solid based fan, available for a little more.

        Either the bearings fail or the base fails. If you get more than one or two seasons out of these fans you either don't use it much or have been very fortunate. Sadly these end up going to landfill very quickly, as they are cheap enough to almost be disposable, even if they haven't failed. The solid base ones tend to be easier to set up too - no paper-thin legs to flex and bend - as long as you tighten up the nut underneath properly they should be nice and stable.

        • The base is obvious when purchasing, the internals aren't.

          In years of maintaining fans (including a few 1950's fans), I've never had bearings fail. Regularly cleaned & lubricated them. It's always been the stand & mountings that failed.

          So a good starting point is to choose a fan with a stable base to support the fan over time.
          On that basis, i wouldn't recommended this cheapie.

          Am very happy with the $10 fan I bought at Target - solid stable base, quiet operation, remote control. ($11.20 last week, $10 May last year.)
          So cheap isn't necessarily that bad.

    • Fan that didn't last a season? WTF you did to it? Was it so bad that you couldn't even return as per warranty? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I had one like this for years and I gave away for free. They just work. And the Dyson I bought (x200 more expensive) , way louder than this in low speed 🀷.

      For $3.75, what you expect? Dyson ? Lol

      • If it was "absolute junk" as commented, with a stand that quickly failed (possible design fault as I contend), receiving the exact same product back under warranty would not be much use.

        Rather, returning a low value item is often not worth the time, effort & expense involved.

        The fan is not a small item, requires disassembly, & transportation. All taking time & effort.
        Will they require the original box?… (No, but heard a customer being told that at a service counter last week!)

        The store will require proof of purchase & date purchased (receipt) for warranty. Receipts or other proof do get lost.

        The process can be intimidated for some - like "WTF you did to it?"! The voice of sympathy!!

        (I've won a consumer battle with a company in court - setting a precedent, but sometimes don't return cheap shoddy products. It can be too much effort.)

        Whereas, throwing it out & never buying again is a much easier process for a $15 product.
        (Some fans would be thrown out rather than bothering to clean them - too much effort!)
        Probably why so many are discarded.

        …what you expect? … Lol

        • Well , as I said , I had one for years, no issues , it just work and do it's job. I probably bought it for like $5 in a similar sale. I know foot is bit wonky tho lol

          • @boomramada: These cheap products usually lack quality control.

            So 1 person receives a lemon, and another a great fan.

            So don't be surprised by mixed reviews!

            Anecdotes of a wonderful fan in the past - don't mean the one bought tomorrow will be any good!

            Current ones may look the same but come from different factories to past fans.


            Dealing with that lemon can be costly.
            Even on minimum wage, $15 can be earnt in 45 minutes.

            So any time spent on a return is going backwards in money terms. The time, effort, frustration & expense involved in a return, would be worth around the $15 cost of the fan!
            So you've then paid twice the price!

            Unfortunately (for a long time recycler), dumping it makes the most economic sense, with possibly the most satisfying outcomeπŸ˜‰


            [Long ago, I used to review some Aldi electronic equipment - recommended buying 2 & returning 1 later, to hopefully get 1 reasonable one.
            Aldi supplier wanted me to help improve the quality of their products. It was too hard!]

  • I just came for the comments πŸ‘πŸΌβœŒπŸ½

    Love to read everyone bagging a $3.75 item …. Keep up the good work fellas

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  • Perfect to cool mining rigs.

  • This is the 3rd Deal in about 2 weeks for this fan, so stock levels can be expected to be low!

    The original $15 price makes this about the cheapest pedestal fan available - which should give an indication of it's lower quality build!!

    • Nah, they have plenty.
      They just want to be rid of them.
      Selling their (litteral) rubbish for under cost is cheaper than paying to dispose of them.
      And i am dead serious, this is a common tactic.

      • Other Deals for these fans were sold out or price increased.

        Was commenting on those strategies in a Target Deal. The profit was already made on these fans, selling at full price.

        Another option is storing until next hot weather - an expensive option for stores.
        Otherwise offloading to other sellers.

        Dumping stock on customers is far easier.

  • Perfect for winter.

    I’ll speak on JVs behalf
    What’s wrong with Summer or Autumn or Spring?

  • This is fantastic

  • Have got 2. Both haven’t skipped a beat

  • Earth. Fire. $3Fan. Water. Heart -GOOOOPLANETT