Hinkler Central’s Gametraders store manager Tyson Roles is excited by the new range of Assassin’s Creed latex replica weapons and thinks they will make great gifts for gaming enthusiasts.
Hinkler Central’s Gametraders store manager Tyson Roles is excited by the new range of Assassin’s Creed latex replica weapons and thinks they will make great gifts for gaming enthusiasts. Max Fleet

Gifts get high-tech at Christmas

IT LOOKS like being a high-tech Christmas, with gadgets and computer games expected to be in heavy demand as people get into their gift-buying ahead of the festive season.

At computer game outlet Gametraders, manager Tyson Roles said the release of some highly-anticipated titles had meant a rush of buyers to the store.

"For us it's really kicking off," he said.

The release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 yesterday had kept staff busy meeting the demand.

"Some shops had a midnight opening to sell the game, but we didn't go that far," he said.

Mr Roles said new game Skyrim was coming out on Friday, which was another big event for gamers.

On the quirky side of things, he said a new line of latex swords and weapons was proving very popular.

"From 2m away, they look like the real thing," he said.

"They've been really popular so far."

At Dick Smith Electronics, manager Kenrick Jones said they expected to sell a lot of televisions ahead of Christmas.

"TVs are really cheap at the moment," he said.

"We also expect to sell a lot of iPods and iPod docks for kids."

Mr Jones said they expected their remote-controlled cars to be very popular.

On a different note, Keren Armstrong at the Crimson and Clover gift shop, said she had the biggest range of Willow Tree figurines in Queensland, and expected them to sell well.

She said her selection of Italian and Czech glassware was also likely to be popular.

But her range of Beanie Kids was the real stand-out.

"I can't keep up with the demand," she said.

Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce president Dion Taylor said after a rough start to the year, retailers in the city were feeling optimistic about Christmas.

"They're hoping a big season will let them power into the new year," he said.

 

BIG SELLERS

  • Radio-controlled cars
  • TVs
  • Accessories for iPods
  • Latex swords and weapons
  • New role-playing computer games
  • Beanie Kids

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