Australians are spending over $260 million buying almost 1.7 million small electrical products in an average four weeks, according to new retail data from Roy Morgan Research. The major share of this purchasing dollar is going into the cash registers of The Good Guys and Harvey Norman which dominate the category in volume.

In the 12 months to June 2015, The Good Guys sold 233,500 small appliances during an average four-week period while 208,000 were sold by Harvey Norman. Together, these retailers account for over 1 in 4 of all new small electrical items sold (26%).

Meanwhile, Big W has sold 157,500 small appliances in an average four week period, just eclipsing the 145,500 items taken home from Kmart, while 93,500 items are bought from Target or Target Country and 73,500 from Myer.

Godfrey’s nets 50,500 sales over four weeks, while the only supermarket among the Top 10 retailers is ALDI with 40,500. Bing Lee and JB Hi-Fi round out the Top 10 with Australians buying 37,500 and 37,000 small electrical items respectively from those stores in an average four weeks.

According to Roy Morgan Research, Consumer Products, General Manager Andrew Price, “Australians buy almost 1.7 million small electrical items during an average four weeks, spending an average $154 per item.”

“While the average small electrical item bought from a discount store such as Big W, Kmart or Target costs $72, it’s over $200 at market leaders Harvey Norman and The Good Guys. So while these two sell 26% of all individual small electrical items, these sales represent 37% of the market by dollar value, or over $96 million in an average four weeks between them.”

10% of small appliances bought online

Over 1 in 10 small electronic items are now purchased online (179,000 during an average four weeks). Of these, 134,500 products are bought through online-only stores such as Appliances Online and Deals Direct. The remainder are purchased via the online sites of bricks-and-mortar retailers.

In an average four weeks, Australians buy 57,000 small electrical items through online auction site EBay—by far the largest individual online retailer in the category.

Over 400,000 more small electrical items are bought during a four-week period from other bricks-and-mortar stores, with individual sales volumes below the top 10 above—equivalent to around 25% of the overall market. These include Beta Electrical (27,000) and Dick Smith Electronic, as well as Bunnings (33,000) and other hardware stores, plus other supermarkets, other discount and department stores, and smaller niche retailers.

“Overall, Australians spent around $27 million on small electrical items online in an average four weeks, whether through Ebay, an online-only retailer or the internet site of a bricks-and-mortar store. This represents only around 10% of our total spend in the category. Unlike items such as clothing and books, it can cost too much for consumers to ship small electrical goods from overseas—and in many cases they can’t even be plugged in here. This has made the category safe from international sites such as Amazon,” Price said.

The story first appeared in Appliance Retailer.