Lenovo, whose consumer products were initially only sold via JB Hi Fi and Harvey Norman has expanded their range to now include the Good Guys as a key retailer.
The Company that also sells Lenovo products via Officeworks is currently selling six discount products via Officeworks.
They include the following models.
$649 (Special $508) – 80M1002FAU – Yoga 300 11″ Celeron 4 / 500
$1399 (Special $1188) – 80QD005BAU – Yoga 700 14″ Ci5 4 / 128Gb SSD
$349 (Special $264) – 80R2006CAU – IdeaPad 100s 11.6″ Atom 2 / 32Gb
$549 (Special $488) – 80MJ00GDAU – IdeaPad 10015.6″ Celeron 4 / 500
$599 (Special $498) – 80E301S4AU – IdeaPad G50 15.6″ AMD A4 4 / 500
$999 – 80Q7008EAU – IdeaPad 300 15.6″ Ci5 8 / 1Tb
Brendan Lau the head of consumer for Lenovo has not returned our calls.
The move by Lenovo to extend their retailers, comes shortly after arch rival Hewlett Packard moved to selling product via Aldi and Big W. HP have also hired a former Toshiba retail executive who has been given an explicate brief to grow direct sales via the HP web site.
HP has refused to answer questions as to why they are expanding their online sales operation when they have relationships with retailers such as JB Hi Fi and Harvey Norman.
Insiders have told ChannelNews that HP is looking to achieve 20% or more of all sales via the Companies own online web site which is why they are now hiring personnel to directly compete with their own retailers.
Several manufacturers in the PC market claim that their online operations are used to sell stock “returned from retailers”.