Hundreds queue for appliance expo
Sizzling sales on electrical items have seen hundreds of people queuing outside Nelson's Trafalgar Centre.
The three-day Powerstore expo began at the centre yesterday, with the first customers queuing outside from 8am.
Pelorus Sound residents Annebeth Riles and Tony Broad attended the sale, which was only their second trip into Nelson this year, to stock up on essential supplies 220 batteries, a speaker system, emergency lamps and a remote-controlled toy helicopter "a present for my grandson", Ms Riles said.
"We only come into town four times a year and this makes it worth coming," Mr Broad said. "We live off a generator, but we need batteries as back-up and for headlights. We have 550 hectares of farm to get across," he said.
Power Store general manager Craig Balfour said 200 people were waiting outside when the doors opened at 10am. "This is the 14th year we've had it in Nelson and this would be the biggest, with the most people attending and the products we have," he said yesterday.
There were 26 staff manning the sale and he expected thousands would have attended by the end.
The most popular items selling so far were cellphones, TVs and whiteware. One of the cheapest items, a $10 2degrees cellphone, sold out in 30 minutes, he said.
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