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3 September, 2009

bargain of the day; less is more

For the first time I spent some time in Bunnings Warehouse (a hardware store) and picked up a good bargain.

Jackson International Travel Pack Power Board & Adaptors

Previously, I bought Jackson Traveller Powerboard (Dual Outlet) for about $20-something from Big-W. It came with a two-outlet powerboard and a bag. I saw the same item at Bunnings for $14.10.

Then, keep looking around, I saw the Jackson Passport Adaptor Pack (as pictured above) for just $9.90 which is essentially a two-outlet powerboard, a traveller page and a set of overseas adapters for even less. I walked back and check the price again, I did not read it wrong. So I bought one pack home. You can never have enough powerboards.

Later, I had another window shopping in Officeworks. The Jackson Traveller Powerboard (Dual Outlet) costs about $16, and the Jackson three travel adaptors cost about $17. Getting those two packs (total of $35) would be essentially the same as the single Passport Adaptor Pack ($9.90) I bought in Bunnings.

The morale of the story? Buying less may cost you more.

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Posted by Antony on 3 September 2009 11:50 PM | gadget
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And thus is the story of how my spare parts drawer at home has bags of resistors and diodes left over from when I only needed one or two, since the cheap eBay sellers only sell those in packs of 50 or larger.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 5 September 2009 12:37 AM.
Why did you buy from eBay to start with?
Posted by Antony on 6 September 2009 12:18 AM.
Unsurprisingly, fifty diodes on eBay is cheaper than two from Radio Shack.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 6 September 2009 12:36 PM.
Antony, smart travellers never need all those gadgets.
Once you know which country you are visiting, often you find you have a cable from an appliance or shaver you bought overseas years ago.Just pack it and leave your local one at home. A U.S two pin to Oz 3 pin(or 2 angled pins) just about does the trick most places worth visiting.
None-the-less, it appears you got a "bargain".
Posted by Rev.Dr.Abbot Wu Yi on 7 September 2009 7:35 PM.
Those adapters are designed for Australian appliances to be used in overseas.
It is always a good idea to have some of them around. And very importantly, remember to carry the chargers when going overseas. Unless you prepare to carry multiple batteries when travelling.
Posted by Antony on 7 September 2009 8:09 PM.
Rev. Dr., I suppose Antony never told you that when I went overseas, I didn't bother buying an adapter. Instead I found out that I can shove a U.S. two-pin into a European lamp base. Probably not very safe, but it got the job done!
Posted by Don_HH2K on 8 September 2009 9:53 AM.
Yes, DON, a little cavallier, but you did get what you wanted done!
Japan, Thailand,most of SE Asia, have the standard US style GPO's but the voltages vary from 110V to 240V. A lot of European countries have the US/2 round pin style, and you can get away without an adaptor. Argentina on the other hand, has half 3 pin Aus style and the rest US style all mixed up, even in the same room! Oh! Cuba is also a mish-mash for obvious reasons.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Abbot Wu Yi on 8 September 2009 4:56 PM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
I can't believe that you are (somehow) commending the highly unsafe practise. Safety is always the number 1 concern for Americans!
Posted by Antony on 8 September 2009 11:18 PM.
Safety isn't really a priority for me. You are talking to someone that has a fridge hooked up to an extension cord, and has the extension cord duct taped to the ceiling!
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 September 2009 5:46 AM.
connecting the fridge with a power extension cable is safe, as long as the extension cable is not exposed. Secure the extension cable around the corner to make the room a good looking is also commendable.
Posted by Antony on 9 September 2009 12:01 PM.
You should also know that "good looking" is on the list of things I could care less about.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 September 2009 2:51 AM.
Of course, you keep your room in good looking condition.
Posted by Antony on 10 September 2009 10:14 AM.
No, I really don't.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 September 2009 1:31 PM.
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