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Buying Generators Online - How to Choose The Right One

Today there are hundreds of different generators for sale online in Australia. With so many different brands to choose from, how do you know you are buying the right one? Choosing the right generator for your particular application is very important. Making an informed decision in the first instance can save you lots of time and money in the long run.

Like many other electrical products, the major theme of the past 5 years has been the influx of cheap, low quality product. You can save yourself hundreds of dollars if you buy cheap no-name branded generators that are mass produced in South-East Asia and often sold through auction sites. But like all things cheap, they come with some drawbacks. 

Just like cheap TV’s end up becoming throw away items after 18 months, so will your cheap generator. And if you have a problem with the cheap generator you’ll find it very difficult and costly to make a warranty claim or get the product serviced. This is a common theme with cheap 'no name' brand generators as in most cases the manufacturer has no Australian presence.

If you don’t believe me, just get on the internet and search on Google for blogs and forums regarding problems people have with the cheap ‘no name’ brand generators. You’ll find many unhappy customers who have generators that have broken down.

We all like to save money wherever we can. Sniffing out a bargain is common practice these days as no one wants to pay full price for a product. This has become apparent in many industries but none more than retail. Shopping online is a great way to save money. Online stores have lower overheads and as such can pass on larger savings to consumers.

It’s not uncommon to see people visit over a dozen stores just to see if they can save money on buying a certain product. Every time a large department store has a ‘boxing day’ sale, you’ll see lines of people out the door... 

I’ve done this and I know many others have too. Buying a $20 frying pan instead of the high quality $80 frying pan. But guess what happens? After a month or two the cheap frying pan starts losing its ‘non stick’ ability. You have to throw it out and buy a new one because every meal you cook now becomes a mess.

The same applies when buying portable generators. Reputable brands like Yamaha, Subaru, Crommelins, Advanced Power, Lectron produce quality generators at an affordable price. It’s a stress free life if you own one of these, but there is an alternative.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what product you’re buying. You want to buy that product which is made by a company with a good reputation but also a great level of customer service.

You’re always better off buying quality over price... “The bitterness of low quality is remembered long after the happiness of low price has been forgotten

Well known and reliable brands such as Yamaha, Subaru, Crommelins, Advanced Power and Generac produce high quality generators at affordable prices. Not only that, but you also have the added convenience of an approved nation-wide service centre network, parts always available and no dramas if you ever need to make a warranty claim.

More affordable brands like; Lectron and Bush Power do have an Australian presence, but do not have an approved Australia-wide service centre network. This can be an important consideration for some purchasers.