Today we heard about another “Rip Off New Zealand” story, the news that All Blacks shirts were twice as expensive in New Zealand than they are overseas. What can be the reason for this?
Adidas New Zealand is defending the high cost of All Blacks jerseys in the wake of revelations the same jersey is selling for half the price overseas.
The Rugby World Cup edition of this year’s jersey costs more than $200 in most New Zealand retail outlets but the same jersey can be picked up for under $100 online in the United States.
Adidas New Zealand’s country manager David Huggett told RadioSport that the cost depends to some extent on currency fluctuations…
Really? the soaring NZ dollar must be very volatile indeed if it can cause exports to decrease by 100%, surely they should be cheaper in New Zealand than in the States.
The new All Blacks jersey is available online at worldrugbyshop.com for just $79.95 US dollars. source
We’d like to know which country the polyester shirts are made in, we think it’s New Zealand but we’d like to be sure.
If they are New Zealand made why are they half the price abroad and why do retailers in New Zealand think they can charge a massive premium for them?
Other Rip Off New Zealand posts you may find interesting:
It all started with an article in the NZ Herald under the header “NZ: 100% Pure Rip-off. Rip off New Zealand?” written by Peter Bills, an international writer for Independent News & Media.
“Guys, just 14 months out from the 2011 Rugby World Cup, you are sleep-walking into acquiring such an unwanted reputation worldwide.
The price of ordinary, everyday articles and living costs horrify me in this country. I’ve been here, admired the place, loved the people since 1975. I wasn’t even put off by my first ever weekend in New Zealand – 17cm of rain in 24 hours and sitting shin-deep in water at Eden Park as the All Blacks aqua-planed past Scotland in that infamous 1975 test.
But what I see today is of far, far greater concern. This place is becoming one of the most expensive I visit, one giant rip-off. And most of you seem unaware of it.”…more here
Another cautionary tale about rip off prices during the 2011 Rugby World Cup has emerged. Ceana Priest, writing for the Waikato Times said that Waikato motels have been warned not to price gouge ahead of the RWC:
“Waikato Motel Association president Mike Ward said hiking up room rates during peak demand was a “bloody rip-off” and would be detrimental to the region long-term.
His comments come ahead of Waikato Stadium hosting three RWC matches in September and October…”
The report went on to state that a standard guest room at the Novotel Tainui will cost $772 during the All Blacks v. Japan match on 16 Sept 2011. The Ibis hotel is charging $625 a night and both hotels are said to have implemented a minimum three night policy. Read the full report here: Hotel Price Gouging a Bloody Rip Off…read on
“Why is everything so expensive here? Are retailers just greedy or is it the government making it that hard for the retailers to make a living that drives the extorsion they call retail pricing.
I have been looking for a new pair of running shoes; i’ve shopped around & the ones I want are $279 here in NZ… yet I can buy them (& just have) from USA for $39.99 plus $22 freight.
I also bought a new telescopic sight for my fathers rifle from the same store for $69.99 which has been put in the same box so no extra freight charge on that item. The exact same sight here is $498.
C’mon NZ, stop ripping us all off…” more here